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  • This degree program can be completed part-time or full-time.

    The built environment requires the cooperation of architects, contractors, construction managers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, structural engineers, and civil engineers. The Master of Science in Architectural Engineering will give you the experience you need to design and create in this interdisciplinary environment. The program prepares students to contribute to society with sustainable analysis, design, and related activities within the construction industry. This degree can be completed as a 4+1, full-time, or part-time program. Contact the Graduate Admissions team or apply now!

    The MSAE prepares students for advanced building system design, construction, operation, and analysis. The program includes concentrations in building structural design and analysis, construction engineering, and building electrical systems and sustainable energy. The program consists of courses in architecture, civil engineering, construction management, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.  The program also provides a diverse range of course options allowing students to customize their degree program. The degree program includes a total of 36 graduate-level credits, including, 2 general electives, 3 concentration electives, and 7 required courses. Required courses include:

    • CIVE Advanced Steel Structures
    • CM Construction Law 
    • CIVE Temporary Structures
    • CIVE Water Reuse Design and Applications
    • ELEC Foundations in Electrical Systems
    • MECH Heat Transfer and Thermal Systems
    • ARCH Climate Responsive Building


    Students will focus their studies and their coursework by obtaining a concentration. Each concentration is nine credits. The graduate advisor and the subdiscipline project advisor will map out the custom curriculum with the student. The concentrations available are building structural design and analysis, construction engineering, and building electrical systems and sustainable energy.

    The concentrations available are:

    • Building Structural Design and Analysis - Students will strengthen their understanding of structural behavior, as well as the relationship between structures, architecture, and construction. Moreover, they will study the current design and analysis trends in the structural engineering profession.  Students in the structural focus area specialize in designing buildings that successfully integrate structure, environmental systems, and architecture.
    • Construction Engineering - Students in the construction focus area take an active role in the planning, designing, and constructing phases of building projects.  Students take a variety of courses between construction engineering and construction management. 
    • Building Electrical Systems and Sustainable Energy - Students in the systems focus area learn the engineering fundamentals needed to design quality environments for people, including safe and effective electrical distribution and climate control. Course topics include energy optimization and modeling and simulation, as well as alternative energy and sustainability.
  • The M.S. in Architectural Engineering is 31 credits. Students work with their advisor to create a course plan that includes all required courses and a selection of electives to fulfill the 31 credits. This listing includes both the required courses and the options for electives.

    3-5 courses per term for full-time enrollment and 1-2 courses per term for part-time enrollment. 

    Proposed Courses - Subject to Change


    Course Title/Subject Credits Modality Required/Elective
    Advanced Structural Steel 3 Online Required
    Site Planning and Development (1) 3 Online Elective
    Construction Engineering Management (2) 3 Online Elective
    EE Fundamentals of Electrical Systems 3 Online Required


    Course Title/Subject Credits Modality Required/Elective
    Temporary Structures                                                                     3 Online Required
    Advanced Soil Mechanics (1) 3 Hybrid Elective
    Advanced Foundations (2) 3 Hybrid Elective
    ME Heat Transfer and Thermal Systems 3 Online Required
    Seminar 1 Hybrid, On-Campus, Online Options Required


    Course Title/Subject Credits Modality Required/Elective
    Water Reuse Applications                               3 Online Required
    Building Design (1) 3 Hybrid Elective
    Timber Design (2) 3 Hybrid Elective
    Eng Modeling and Analysis (1) 3 Hybrid Elective
    Prestressed Concrete (2) 3 Hybrid Elective
    Construction Operations Methods (1) 3 Online Elective
    Estimating and Scheduling (2) 3 Online Elective
    Sustainable Infrastructure (1) 3 Online Elective
    Infrastructure Renewal (2) 3 Online  Elective
    ARCH Climate Responsive Bldg 3 Online  Required

    (1) Offered in Odd Years

    (2) Offered in Even Years

    **Additional Electives offered thru other WIT graduate programs such as Construction Law, Design Strategies for Low Carbon Bldg, Urban Resiliency, Real Estate for CM (not a complete list)

    ***Additional Electives offered thru Colleges of the Fenway (Approval from Advisor Required)

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