Selecting a bachelor's degree program is appropriate if you want to practice professionally as an architectural engineer. Both master's and doctoral degree programs in architecture engineering are research intensive and commonly lead to research and teaching positions.
The table below lists a number of schools that offer programs in architecture engineering. It also provides information regarding the location of the school, types of programs offered and tuition.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tution (2015-2016)*|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$46,704 (undergraduate), $46,400 (graduate)|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bachelor's & Master's||$46,320 (undergraduate), $45,729 (graduate)|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$13,431 (in-state, undergraduate), $11,220 (in-state, graduate)|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$50,665 (undergraduate), $40,625 (graduate)|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$13,856 (in-state, undergraduate), $20,638 (in-state, graduate)|
|Purdue University - West Lafayette||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$10,002 (in-state, undergraduate), $9,208 (in-state, graduate)|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral||$15,054 (in-state, undergraduate), $15,023 (in-state, graduate)|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, public||Bachelor's & Master's||$9,806 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,934 (in-state, graduate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When selecting a degree program it is important that you choose one that well prepare you for your future career. Keep these considerations in mind when looking at programs.
- Although two-year degree programs are available in engineering technology, they are designed for those who wish to focus on production and design work rather than actual engineering theory and scientific study.
- Something to consider when selecting an architecture engineering school is whether or not the program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which may be required to obtain an architecture engineering license.
- Some architectural engineering schools have regional reputations while others have national reputations, and selecting a school that is highly regarded by employers in the region where you would like to practice can make finding employment easier.
- If career advancement is desired, master's degree programs can help you both enhance your technical skills and develop leadership and strategic thinking skills.
Degree Program Information
Admission requirements for architecture engineering degree programs usually include previous science and math coursework. Bachelor's degree programs concentrate on these subjects, as well as humanities, social sciences and introductory courses during the first two years, then candidates spend two to three more years focusing mainly on engineering courses, along with courses in the architecture specialty. Some schools offer 5-year or 6-year plans that include practical experience along with classroom requirements. These programs allow students to earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees in architectural engineering, namely the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering. Other related advanced degrees include Master of Engineering, Master of Science in Architectural Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering.
Students interested in architecture engineering should note that there different levels of employment in this field, ranging from entry level production positions to professional engineers to researchers and educators. They should understand that these various career levels require different levels of education and choose a school that offers an appropriate program.