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.

Summary

“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

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.

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 2016-2017 Academic Year:

enrollment and graduation data

Careers 

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 

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 2016 - 17  PDF 

Your 164-credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

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

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
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 1213 Visual Communication 1 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 2843 Building Info. Modeling 1 3

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR 2001 Leadership Models and Practices 1
EGE 2013 Statics 3
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
EEE 2123 Circuits and Electronics 3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
EAE 1091 Directed Study 1
ARC 3843 Building Info. Modeling 2 3

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials for CE 3
EAE 3113 Electrical Systems 1 3
EGE 3003 Thermodynamics 3
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
ARC 4843 Building Info. Modeling 3 3

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3000 Written Proficiency Exam 0
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
EAE 3613 Mechanical Systems 1 3
EME 3123 Fluid Mechanics 3
EAE 3016 Arch. Eng. Integrated Des. Studio 1 6
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC Jr./Sr. Elective 3
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
EAE 4113 Electrical Systems II 3
ECE 4243 Construction Project Management 3
EAE 4016 Arch. Eng. Integrated Des. Studio 2 6

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4753 Steel Design 3
EAE 4613 Mechanical Systems II 3
EAE 4623 Architectural Acoustics 3
EAE 4026 Arch. Eng. Integrated Des. Studio 3 6
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
***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.
ECE 5283 Conceptual Estimating  3
EME 5373 Alternate Energy Engineering 3
EME 5983 Advanced Mechanical Systems Geothermal 3
EAE 5113 Advanced Day/Lighting Systems 3
EAE 5016 Arch. Eng. Integrated Des. Studio 4 6

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 5703 Design of Timber Structures 3
EAE 5623 Building Controls & Instrumentation 3
EAE 5123 Advanced Electrical Systems 3
EAE 5026 Arch. Eng. Integrated Des. Studio 5 6

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