It is possible to earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in architectural engineering. Some schools also offer professional certificate programs.
Architectural Engineering Schools
These schools offer architectural engineering programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Professional Certificate||$2,200 for certificate program|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$46,320 (undergraduate)|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Master's||$13,431 in-state, $28,533 out-of-state (graduate)|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Master's||$18,041 in-state, $31,231 out-of-state (graduate)|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's, Doctoral||$41,371 (graduate)|
|Purdue University - West Lafayette||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state (undergraduate); $10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state (graduate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, School websites
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in architectural engineering programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Prospective graduate students who are considering research-focused programs may want to find out if there are faculty members at the school with whom they share research interests in an area of architectural engineering, such as structures or building systems, as they may act as research advisors.
- Undergraduates who want to become licensed architects should look for dual degree programs that combine architectural engineering studies with professional architecture training.
- Students may want to find out whether there is an on-campus chapter of the Architectural Engineering Institute; student chapters allow students to participate in hands-on activities, including tree-house construction, shipbuilding and design competitions, such as the steel bridge competition.
- Students should look for schools that have high-tech equipment and ample lab space. They may also look for schools with specialized architectural facilities where building systems and structures are exposed in order to provide real-life learning experiences.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor's degree programs in architectural engineering begin by providing a basic overview of the field of engineering. Students take foundational science and math coursework before taking architecture-focused electives that cover the engineering principles and computational aspects of building design and construction. Most programs are offered as Bachelor of Science (BS) programs and take four years to complete, but there are also dual degree programs that combine a BS with a professional Bachelor of Architecture program. Dual degree programs take six years to complete and prepare aspiring architects for licensure.
Master's Degree Programs
Students who are interested in academic research in the field of architectural engineering can enroll in a two-year Master of Science (MS) program. Students in these programs take advanced technical coursework and write a research-based thesis. Alternatively, students who want to enter directly into industry can find professional Master of Engineering (MEng) in Architectural Engineering programs. These programs take only one year to complete and combine studies in the sciences with key economic and management principles. Students may have the opportunity to choose a specific academic concentration, such as building systems, construction management or structures.
Doctoral Degree Programs
PhD in Architectural Engineering programs give students the chance to take advanced coursework beyond the master's degree and to write a research-dissertation in a particular topic of interest. Graduates typically enter academia as university professors, but they are also qualified for industry jobs.
Professional certificate programs are available for experienced engineers who hold an engineering degree in a different field but want to advance their careers by gaining expertise in the field of architectural engineering. These programs are available online in order to meet the needs of working professionals. It may be possible to apply credits toward the continuing education requirements of licensure organizations or employers.
It is possible to earn a degree or certificate in architectural engineering. Prospective architectural engineering students should consider a school's facilities and research opportunities when choosing between programs.