M.S. in Architectural Engineering

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img-structuraleng-photos2-2011Reach the next level of expertise with a master’s degree in Architectural Engineering. You’ll enjoy convenient scheduling and one-on-one interaction with expert faculty who bring their real-world experience to the classroom.

MSOE’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering (MSAE) degree offers an emphasis in either structural engineering or in mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) systems. Students that select the MEP option have the ability to choose elective courses to focus on mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems. It meets the needs of architectural, civil or structural engineers who desire increased knowledge to design structural, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems for modern buildings.

With the MSAE degree, you’ll enhance your analytical and design capabilities and increase your professional flexibility. For recent graduates with a civil or architectural engineering degree, earning an MSAE will accelerate the Professional Engineer credential.

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Program Overview

The MSAE requires that you have completed an undergraduate curriculum in either architectural engineering or civil engineering, or another closely related field.

The MSAE program has two specialty tracks, one that focuses on structural systems, and one that focuses on mechanical-electrical-plumbing systems. Each specialty has a group of core classes in that particular specialty area, as well as graduate elective courses that allow students to specialize in courses that are of interest to their career. A complete list of the core and elective courses for each specialty can be found in the graduate catalog. Undergraduate students in the AE program have the option to apply in their junior year to add the MSAE degree as a 5-year program option.

Curriculum Format

The MSAE is a flexible program, with courses offered evenings with the option of a two-, three- or five-year program. Classes meet one evening per week during the academic quarter. Students enrolled in MSOE’s bachelor in architectural engineering program may pursue a dual degree.

The MSAE program requires completion of 45 graduate credits, with at least 36 of the credits obtained in technical specialty courses. There are two curriculum tracks available – the Capstone Report Track and the Capstone Project Track.

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Financial Aid

All MSOE graduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Most of MSOE’s graduate students are employed full-time and over 70% receive employer tuition support. If you are employed, we also recommend that you speak with your employer about tuition reimbursement assistance.

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Curriculum Format

The MSAE is a flexible program, with courses offered evenings with the option of a two-, three- or five-year program. Classes meet one evening per week during the academic quarter. Students enrolled in MSOE’s bachelor in architectural engineering program may pursue a dual degree.

The MSAE program requires completion of 45 graduate credits, with at least 36 of the credits obtained in structural engineering courses. There are two curriculum tracks available – the Capstone Report Track and the Capstone Project Track.

Capstone Report Track:
Involves undertaking a literature research study, writing a formal report and presenting the findings.

Capstone Report Curriculum
AE-610 Applied Finite Elements
AE-616 Structural Stability
AE-732 Steel Design for Buildings (AISI)
AE-612 Structural Dynamics
AE-614 Lateral Loads on Structural Systems
AE-742 Foundation Design
AE-740 Reinforced Concrete Member Design
AE-720 Masonry Design
AE-750 Wood Design
AE-730 AISC Steel Design
AE-760 Modern Structural Systems
AE-746 Reinforced Concrete Structure Design
AE-744 Prestressed Concrete Design
Elective (any graduate-level course)
AE-800 Research and Presentation

Capstone Project Track:
Enables the student to integrate the concepts learned in the classroom into a specific application. The project may focus on design issues, research, or other related topics. At the conclusion, a project presentation will be given to a faculty committee.

Capstone Project Curriculum
AE-610 Applied Finite Elements
AE-616 Structural Stability
AE-750 Wood Design
AE-612 Structural Dynamics
AE-614 Lateral Loads on Structural Systems
AE-742 Foundation Design
AE-740 Reinforced Concrete Member Design
AE-720 Masonry Design
Elective
AE-730 AISC Steel Design
AE-760 Modern Structural Systems
Elective
AE-800 Research and Presentation
AE-890 Structural Engineering Design I
AE-892 Structural Engineering Design II

Outcomes and Objectives

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, a MSAE graduate will be able to:

  • Perform advanced analysis of complex building systems or processes, related to their specialty, to determine performance and/or design requirements.
  • Use advanced design techniques to design complex building systems, related to their specialty, made of many components in accordance with current building codes, regulations, and/or specifications under realistic constraints such as standards of practice, costs, and sustainability.
  • Independently complete an architectural engineering project, related to their specialty, addressing the complex requirements of modern buildings and effectively communicate aspects of the work in writing and orally.

Program Educational Objectives

The M.S. Architectural Engineering program creates graduates who:

  • Meet the professional expectations set forth in the ASCE Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century position paper.
  • Will be able to confidently meet the responsibilities of a professional architectural engineer.
  • Will be employable in the field of architectural engineering.
  • Will be able to achieve licensure as a professional engineer.
  • Will be able to obtain a Ph.D. in architectural engineering, civil engineering, or other field.
  • Will continue to improve their skills through lifelong learning.
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