4 Areas of Study

  • 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 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, masonry
    and timber design emphasize the design processes using relevant design codes
    published by ASCE, AISC, ACI, TMS and NDS.

Architectural engineers have a grasp of architecture design and are able to integrate various engineering systems in the building envelop to support such design. 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 design the structural elements of the building. The rigorously follow recognized design codes and standards utilized in practice.

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, construction, mechanical, and electrical – to work collaboratively in the building design process.

Lawrence Tech is doing an outstanding job at preparing its graduates for careers in the design of building operating systems. Their commitment to an accredited 5-year Master of Science in Architectural Engineering gives their graduates significant advantages over graduates of other 4-year programs where curriculum content has been cut significantly. LTU graduates are now positioned among the most elite Architectural Engineering programs in the country. Highly sought after, well prepared, and most having impressive experience long before graduation, LTU Architectural Engineering graduates should expect no less than a 100% hiring rate!

B.A. STEIN, Senior Recruiter HENDERSON ENGINEERS

architectural engineers

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.

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. 

The program consists of a comprehensive capstone design project where the engineering skills learned at the undergraduate level are utilized to complete all engineering design aspects of a building in team environment. The program also consists of a technical research project in the graduate year that will drive an individual to go in-depth and become experts in a specific design application.

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. The outcomes are based off of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 and have been restructured for the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering Program

Foundational Outcomes

  1. Mathematics: Select appropriate concepts and principles of mathematics to solve architectural engineering problems.
  2. Natural Sciences: Apply concepts and principles of chemistry, calculus-based physics, and at least one other area of the natural sciences, to solve architectural engineering problems.
  3. Social Sciences: Apply concepts and principles of social sciences relevant to architectural engineering.
  4. Humanities: Apply aspects of the humanities to the solution of architectural engineering problems.

Engineering Fundamentals Outcomes

  1. Materials Science: Apply concepts and principles of materials science to solve architectural engineering problems.
  2. Engineering Mechanics: Select appropriate concepts and principles of solid and/or fluid mechanics to solve architectural engineering problems.
  3. Experiment Methods and Data Analysis: Select appropriate experiments and analyze the results in the solution of architectural engineering problems.
  4. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Develop a set of appropriate solutions to a complex problem, question, or issue relevant to architectural engineering.

Technical Outcomes

  1. Project Management: Analyze components of a project management plan for a complex architectural engineering project.
  2. Engineering Economics: Apply concepts and principles of engineering economics in the practice of architectural engineering.
  3. Risk and Uncertainty: Apply concepts and principles of probability and statistics to determine risk relevant to architectural engineering.
  4. Breadth in Architectural Engineering Areas: Integrate solutions to complex problems that involve multiple specialty areas appropriate to the practice of architectural engineering.
  5. Design: Develop an appropriate design alternative for a complex architectural engineering project that considers realistic requirements and constraints.
  6. Depth in an Architectural Engineering Area: Assess advanced concepts and principles in the solutions of complex problems to develop a mastery in a specialty area of architectural engineering.
  7. Sustainability: Apply concepts and principles of sustainability to the solution of complex architectural engineering problems.

Professional Outcomes

  1. Communication: Integrate different forms of effective and persuasive communication to technical and nontechnical audiences.
  2. Teamwork and Leadership: Apply concepts and principles of teamwork and leadership, including diversity and inclusion, in the solutions of architectural engineering problems.
  3. Lifelong Learning: Integrate new knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through self-directed learning into the practice of architectural engineering.
  4. Professional Attitudes: Explain professional attitudes relevant to the practice of architectural engineering, including creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and dependability.
  5. Professional Responsibilities: Apply professional responsibilities relevant to the practice of architectural engineering, including safety, legal issues, licensure, credentialing, and innovation.
  6. Ethical Responsibilities: Apply appropriate reasoning to an ethical dilemma.
True to Lawrence Tech’s unique blend of theory and practice, architectural engineering students are encouraged to take part in internships. This opportunity provides hands-on, practical engineering experience that is a distinct advantage when approaching future employers, and complements and reinforces program coursework.


A majority of LTU engineering students participate in internships (or co-op’s, depending on their program) starting as early as the sophomore year. Architectural Engineering students pursue work and school in parallel, whereas LTU co-op students may choose to alternate semesters working and attending classes on a full-time basis.

Many architectural engineering firms offer structured summer internship experiences, complete with training, team-building, and social events to discover and explore the city where the company might be located. As an alternative to co-op, internships are known for the flexibility they can provide.

All engineering internships are paid, provide real job experiences, including part-time employment, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. Students who choose internships during the school year usually work part-time and take classes simultaneously. Internships and co-ops can be great confidence builders and strong facilitators of the school-to-work transition. They help students literally "test drive" working in their field and provide insights about potential employers, their projects, and work environment.


Visit LTU's Office of Career Services

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
  • Structural Engineer

For more information visit the Career Services page.

  

For more information, contact
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.


Curriculum

Masters of Science in Architectural Engineering Flowchart 2021 PDF 

164 credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1103 College Composition 3
EAE 1081 Intro to Arch Eng 1
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
EGE 1102 ENG Computer Applications Lab 2
ARC 1213 Intro to Visual Communications 3

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
EGE 1001 Fund of Eng Design Projects 1
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
EAE 1093 Architectural Engineering History 3
ARC 1223 Visual Communication 3

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
COM 2103 Tech and Prof Communication 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
ARC 2813 Info. Modeling & Simulation 3

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EGE 2013 Statics 3
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
EEE 2123 Circuits and Electronics 3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
EGE 3022 Leadership & Prof. Dev. for Engineers 2
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials for CE 3
ECE 3011 Mechanics Materials Lab 1
EAE 3113 Electrical Systems 1 Lighting & Lab 3
EGE 3003 Thermodynamics 3
EAE 3014 AEIDS 1 4

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
EAE 3613 Mechanical Systems 1 3
EME 3123 Fluid Mechanics 3
EME 3033 Eng. Numerical Methods 3
EAE 3024 AEIDS 2 4

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC/PSY Jr./Sr. Elective 3
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
ECE 3213 Construction Engineering 3
EAE 4613 Mech Systems II HVAC Application 3
EAE 4113 Electrical Systems II Power & Lab 3
EAE 4022 Capstone 1 2

Second Semester

Course Number Undergraduate Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4753 Steel Design 3
ECE 3211 Construction Engineering Lab 1
EAE 4623 Architectural Acoustics 3
EAE 4633 Fund of Building Physics 3
ECE 3424 Soil Mechanics & Lab 4
ECE 4243 Construction Project Management  3
EAE 4032 Capstone 2 2
***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.

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EAE 5633 Adv. Building Physics 3
EAE 5613 Building Integrated Renewable Energy Sys. 3
EAE 5113 Advanced Lighting Daylighting System 3
EAE 6000 AE Graduate Seminar (GR Standing) 0
XXX3 Grad. Tech Elective 3
XXX3 Grad. Tech Elective 3

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EAE 5623 Building Controls & Instrumentation 3
EAE 5123 Advanced Electrical Systems 3
EAE 6013 AE Graduate Technical Project 3
XXX3 Grad. Tech Elective 3
XXX3 Grad. Tech Elective 3

FE Exam
Candidates for degrees in civil, electrical, mechanical, and architectural engineering are strongly encouraged to complete the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

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Engineering Accreditation CommissionThe architectural engineering program is accredited by
the Engineering Accreditation Commission
of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Learn more about ABET accredited programs in the College of Engineering