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.

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.

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!


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.
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.

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.

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 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Architectural Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data

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

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.


Masters of Science in Architectural Engineering Flowchart 2020 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

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

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).

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