5 Areas of Study

  • Architecture

    Architecture | Architecture, art, form, massing, circulation, building envelope, aesthetics, community and sustainable design practices are at the 'core' and focus on building systems integration, optimization, and high performance. 

  • Construction

    Construction | Courses in project management, integrated project design and delivery, and Building Information Modeling prepare and expose students to the world of construction, contracts, estimating, operations and maintenance. 

  • Electrical

    Electrical | Lighting, day-lighting, electrical systems design and power distribution, bring 'life' to a building. The new Lighting, Electrical and Daylighting Lab (LEDLab) demonstrates sensors, alarms, controls, and information systems.

  • Mechanical

    Mechanical | The 'heart & soul' of the building includes heating, cooling, ventilation, refrigeration, plumbing, fire-protection, controls, acoustics. Learn about the latest technologies in alternative energy including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal. 

  • Structural

    Structural | The building structure is the 'bones or skeleton' of the building. Classes in concrete, steel and timbers emphasis a cradle-to-cradle approach towards natural resource, water management, and minimization of waste.


"Lawrence Tech’s architectural engineering program meets a great need in the construction industry, which suffers from a lack of building-oriented design engineers. Architectural engineers are highly sought after because they have the specialized engineering skills needed in the architecture and building professions.”
Gordon Holness, chairman emeritus, Albert Kahn Associates Inc., and past president, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

architectural engineers

Architectural engineers have the artistic vision to understand what an architect is trying to accomplish, and they use their specialized engineering skills to build structures that are durable, economical, and healthy. They are the “master builders” and thus are indispensable members of the design team: Architectural engineers analyze the site, building orientation, and exposure; design the heating, cooling, lighting, and power distribution systems; ensure fire protection; and determine how water and waste will be managed.

Get on the Fast Track
Complete your undergraduate and master’s studies in just five years with Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering, an intensive, integrated program that encompasses both undergraduate and graduate studies. With this  degree – offered at only a handful of universities in the nation – you’ll be uniquely positioned  as a “whole building professional” in the growing field of sustainable design and energy-efficient systems engineering for the built environment. You’ll learn to apply the skills of many engineering disciplines – structural, mechanical, and electrical – to work collaboratively in the building design process.

A Degree Gone Green
The role architectural engineers play in the building process allows them to make a significant environmental difference by reducing the “footprint” of buildings and promoting carbon neutrality and net-zero energy building. Lawrence Tech, committed to sustainable design with its LEED silver-certified A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center, created the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering to specifically prepare students to be leaders in the rapidly expanding field of sustainable building design.
Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering program blends the expertise of the University’s renowned Colleges of Engineering and Architecture and Design to provide you with the knowledge and skill to succeed as a “green” building-oriented design engineer. The engineering courses you’ll take are specifically designed to meet the ABET requirements for depth in the areas of architectural engineering and breadth in general engineering. Like all Lawrence Tech degrees, the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering incorporates the University’s signature “theory and practice” approach to learning. You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience working in project teams and enjoy leadership opportunities through professional organizations.

Why Lawrence Tech's Master of Science in Architectural Engineering?

Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is one of only a handful of programs in the nation that is specifically designed to develop advanced knowledge, skills, and experience in the growing field of sustainable building design, systems engineering, and integration.
Furthermore, Lawrence Tech offers the advantages of a technological university and the fertile synergy of its College of Engineering and College of Architecture and Design, both of which collaborated on the creation of the degree. Several of your studios will be team-taught by architectural and engineering faculty and practitioners to provide lectures and topics relevant to industry practice.
Many architectural engineering and construction companies have their headquarters in southeast Michigan with branch offices spanning the globe. This gives you many employment and internship opportunities with some of the world’s finest and most technologically sophisticated professionals. These professionals are also involved in teaching and designing your course work to ensure that the curriculum is current and includes real-world applications.


Masters of Science in Architectural Engineering Flowchart PDF image

You 164-credit-hour program consists of:

Freshman Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 University Seminar 1
COM 1103 English Composition 3
EAE 1081 Intro to Architectural Engineering 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
EGE 1001 Fund. of Engr. Design Projects 1
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
   TOTAL 14


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EAE 1093 Architectural Engineering History 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of Amer. Exp. 3
ARC 1213 Visual Communications 1 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1



Sophomore Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of the American Experience 3
COM 2103 Technical and Professional Communication 3
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
ARC 1223 Visual Communications 2 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
   TOTAL 17


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EAE 1091 Directed Study 1
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
EGE 2013 Statics 3
EEE 2123 Circuits and Electronics 3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
ARC 2843 BIM Fundamentals 3
LDR 2001 Leadership Models and Practices 1



Junior Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials - CE 3
EAE 3113 Electrical Sys 1: Lighting and Lab 3
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
EGE 3003 Thermodynamics 3
ARC 3843 BIM for Building Systems 3
   TOTAL 18


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EAE 3613 Mechanical Sys 1: HVAC Design 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
EME 3123 Fluid Mechanics 3
EAE 3016 AEIDS 1 6
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0



Senior Year***


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC/PSY Jr / Sr Elective 3
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
EAE 4113 Electrical Sys 2: Power and Lab 3
ECE 4243 Construction Project Management 3
EAE 4016 AEIDS 2: Senior Design 1 6
   TOTAL 18


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EAE 4613 Mechanical Sys 2: HVAC Application 3
ECE 4753 Steel Design 3
EAE 4623 Architectural Acoustics 3
EAE 4026 AEIDS 3: Senior Design 2 6
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0



Graduate Coursework


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 5283 Conceptual Estimating 3
EME 5373 Alt Energy Engineering 3
EAE 5113 Adv Day/Lighting Sys 3
EME 5983 Adv Mechanical Sys: Geothermal 3
EAE 5016 AEIDS 4: Capstone 1 6
   TOTAL 18


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EAE 5623 Building Controls and Instrumentation 3
ECE 5703 Design of Timber Structure 3
EAE 5123 Advanced Electrical Sys 3
EAE 5026 AEIDS 5: Capstone 2 6




***Students in their Senior (fourth) year must petition to enter the graduate portion of the degree through an analysis of total GPA, curricula GPA along with evidence of curricular progress. Prior to starting their Graduate (fifth) year, students are required to meet with the Program Director to complete the auto-admit form, and obtain approval to complete the graduate portion of their coursework.

Outcomes + Objectives 

Educational Objectives

In consultation with the Architectural Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consisting of Alumni, employers, and current faculty, following are the program educational objectives (PEO's) for the Architectural Engineering program, as approved during the December 12, 2013 IAB meeting (4-0-0):

  1. Acquire and articulate through written, visual and oral communication skills, the integration of building design and aesthetics with the knowledge to design mechanical, electrical and structural systems for the built environment.
  2. Employ problem solving skills and awareness of emerging green technologies to create a culture for the collaborative design process, building systems integration and constructability, with leadership in energy efficiency, to support the worldwide need for skilled building designers and detailers.
  3. Lead design and construction teams in the process and development of conceptual designs, design drawings, construction drawings and specifications and construction contract administration for building sustainability in a global market.

Student Outcomes

The Architectural Engineering program has documented the following student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives, as approved during the March 25, 2014 IAB meeting (6-0-0), and amended at the December 9, 2014 IAB meeting;

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modem engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; and
  • an ability to integrate building engineering and architectural systems through collaboration and tools to create high-performing solutions.

Enrollment and Graduation Data for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:

enrollment and graduation data


Graduates with a degree in Architectural Engineering have many career options:

  • Architectural engineer
  • Building inspector/engineer/manager
  • Construction engineer/manager
  • Design engineer/consultant
  • Design firm manager/owner
  • Electrical and lighting systems engineer
  • Green building designer/energy engineer
  • Mechanical heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) engineer
  • Professor/researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Sales/applications engineer

For more information visit the Career Services page.


Get Started 

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Lawrence Tech’s Office of
Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions about the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering program or contact Lawrence Tech’s College of Engineering at 248.204.2500 or engrdean@ltu.edu.