"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 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.


Curriculum Flowchart PDF image

MSArchE students must complete all courses listed below.

Your five-year 164-credit-hour program encompasses both undergraduate and graduate study and consists of: 

Freshman Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1103 English Composition  3
COM 1001  University Seminar  1
EAE 1081  Intro to Architectural Engineering  1
MCS 1414   Calculus 1 4
EAE 1093  Architectural Engineering History  3
ART 1113  Basic Design 1 3
    TOTAL 15


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
COM 2103 Technical and Professional Communication 3
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
ART 1133 Basic Design 2 3


  TOTAL 17
Sophomore Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.

LLT 1223

 World Masterpieces 2 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of Amer. Exp. 3
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
ARC 1213 Visual Communications 1 3
    TOTAL 17


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR 2001 Leadership Models and Practices 1
EGE 2013 Statics  3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
ARC 2813 Electronic Methods 1 3
ARC 1223 Visual Communications 2 3
    TOTAL 17
Junior Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of Amer. Exp. 3
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials 3
EAE 3113 Electrical Systems I 3
EGE 3003 Thermodynamics 3
ARC 2313 Building Systems 1 3
EEE 2123 Circuits and Electricity 3
    TOTAL 18


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3000 Written Proficiency Exam 0
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
EAE 3613 Mechanical Systems I 3
EME 3024 Fluids 4
ARC 2323 Building Systems 2 3
ARC 2321 Building Systems 2–Global Lecture 1
EAE 3014 Architectural Engineering Integrated Design Studio 1 4


  TOTAL 18
Senior Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC Jr./Sr. Elective 3
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
EAE 4113 Electrical Systems II 3
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0
SSC 2303 Principles of Economics 3
EAE 4014 Architectural Engineering Integrated Design Studio 2 4
    TOTAL 16


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4753 Steel Design 3
EAE 4613 Mechanical Systems II 3
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
EAE 4623 Architectural Acoustics 3
EAE 4024 Architectural Engineering Integrated Design Studio 3 4


  TOTAL 16
5th Year (Graduate Course Work) 


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 5213 Principals of Design-Build Project Delivery 3
EME 5983 Advanced Mechanical Systems - Geothermal 3
EAE 5373 Alternative Energy Engineering 3
ARC 5942 Project Management 2
EAE xxx4 Graduate Architectural Engineering Integrated Studio 4 4
    TOTAL 15


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 5703 Design of Timber Structures 3
EAE 5xx3 Building Controls and Instrumentation 3
EAE 5xx3 Alternative Energy Solutions 3
EAE 5xx2 Advanced Day/Lighting System 2
EAE xxx4 Graduate Architectural Engineering Integrated Studio 5 4
    TOTAL 15


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 Engineering Examiners.

Course Descriptions

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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.


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
Project Manager
Sales/applications engineer 


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