Master of Science in Architectural Engineering (MSAE)

General

Program Description

MSOE’s MSAE degree emphasizes building structural design and analysis. It meets the needs of architectural, civil, or structural engineers who desire increased knowledge to design structural systems for modern buildings. It’s a flexible program, with courses offered evenings with the option of a two-, three- or five-year program.

MSOE’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering (MSAE) degree allows specialization in either the analysis and design of building structural systems or the analysis and design of building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (MEP). It meets the needs of architectural engineers who desire increased knowledge to design structural or MEP systems for modern buildings. MSAE courses focus on advanced topics on the analysis and design of building systems.

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Curriculum Format

The MSAE is a flexible program, with courses offered evenings with the option of a two-, three- or five-year program. Classes meet one evening per week during the academic quarter. Students enrolled in MSOE’s bachelor in architectural engineering program may pursue a dual degree.

The MSAE program requires completion of 45 graduate credits, with at least 36 of the credits obtained in technical specialty courses. There are two curriculum tracks available – the Capstone Report Track and the Capstone Project Track. The Capstone Report Track focuses on course work and concludes with a one-quarter, three-credit literature review project. The Capstone Project Track has a larger focus on research and concludes with a three-quarter, nine-credit research project.

A student who selects the Capstone Report Track will complete a one-quarter, three-credit, literature review project on an architectural engineering topic. The student will present the findings of the literature review in both written and oral formats to a faculty review committee. The remaining coursework is a mixture of required and elective courses, the number of which vary slightly with the specialization track. 

A student who selects the Capstone Project Track will complete a three-quarter, nine-credit, capstone project focusing on architectural engineering. The project presents the opportunity for the student to integrate the concepts learned in the classroom into a specific application. The project may focus on design issues, research in an area of architectural engineering, or other related topics with the approval of the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering program director. At the conclusion of the project, a comprehensive presentation (oral and written) will be given to a faculty review committee. The remaining coursework is a mixture of required and elective courses, the number of which vary slightly with the specialization track.

The MSAE program requires that you have completed an undergraduate curriculum that included sufficient background in the chosen specialty. For the MEP Specialty, the required topics are fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, basic HVAC, basic plumbing, basic illumination, and building control systems. For the Structural Specialty, the required topics are mechanics of materials, indeterminate structural analysis, structural steel design, and reinforced concrete design. The Master of Science in Architectural Engineering program currently is being offered as either a full- or part-time program and can be completed in five years or less.

Courses are taught by faculty with extensive practical experience as well as academic credentials. Course work has been planned to show practical applications of engineering theory. Classes are scheduled to allow students to attend class while working in the industry.

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Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, an MSAE graduate will be able to:

  • analyze a complex problem in an architectural engineering specialty area (building structural engineering or building MEP engineering) using advanced concepts and principles
  • design multiple solutions to a complex problem in an architectural engineering specialty area (building structural engineering or building MEP engineering) in accordance with current standards, specifications, and selected economic, social, and environmental constraints, as applicable
  • effectively communicate the results of the analysis and design of a complex problem in an architectural engineering specialty area (building structural engineering or building MEP engineering) in both a) oral and b) written form

Program Educational Objectives

The M.S. Architectural Engineering program creates graduates who will:

  • be licensed professional engineers
  • be the lead engineer on complex engineering projects
  • be in a leadership position in a professional society or community/civic organization which benefits from the knowledge of a professionally trained engineer

About MSOE

At MSOE you will find dreamers, thinkers, makers, and doers. It is the university of choice for those seeking a community of experimental learners driven to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow. MSOE faculty are student-focused experts who bring real-world experience into the classroom. This approach to learning makes our students ready now, as well as prepared for the future. Partnerships with business and industry leaders enable students to learn alongside professional mentors. We challenge our students to go beyond what is possible.

As a highly ranked engineering university in the US, MSOE focuses on laboratory experience and career practice. MSOE challenges students to think outside the box and apply a hands-on approach to solving problems.

MSOE students are hard-working, creative, and have a desire to know more. Our close-knit community of only 3,000 students gives the opportunity to work hand in hand with classmates and professors and allows students to bring practical knowledge to the classroom. Overall, MSOE is the university of choice for students looking to pursue their passions and challenge the standard. MSOE will set the standard for preparing leaders to solve the diverse technical challenges of the 21st century.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics, and nursing. At MSOE, you will find a caring communi ... Read More

Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics, and nursing. At MSOE, you will find a caring community of students and faculty. Together, we are committed to fostering a higher standard of academic programming and research, and personalized service, instruction, and guidance. Read less