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Architectural Engineering Colleges, Universities and Schools

Architectural engineering programs combine math and drafting skills to train students for careers in designing buildings and building systems. Programs in this field provide training in architectural design fundamentals, energy conservation and construction methods.

Architectural engineering programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Many architectural engineering programs place an emphasis on either the science or design aspect of the field, along with specific areas of concentration that vary by school.

Engineering Schools

These schools offer architectural engineering programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

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:

  • Some programs offer design concentrations in areas like mechanical, structural, lighting, electrical and construction.
  • Undergraduate programs are available as 4-year or 5-year programs; the 5-year plan is typically a professional degree program that requires a senior thesis and professional projects.
  • 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 lab space, or that have specialty facilities where building systems and structures are exposed and provide a real-life learning experiences.

Prospective architectural engineering students should consider a school's facilities and program concentrations when choosing a school. Other considerations include program length and opportunities for hands-on activities.

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