Integrated Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering

The Master of Architectural Engineering (M.A.E.) degree is only available as an integrated degree for students enrolled in the B.A.E. program.

The M.A.E. curriculum is a total of 30 credits of course work, with some of these credits counting toward both the M.A.E. and B.A.E. degrees. The integrated degree program amounts to 172 total credits, 12 credits above the 160 credits for the B.A.E. degree. These 30 credits, that are assigned to the M.A.E. degree upon admission to the integrated program, must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applications to the integrated B.A.E./M.A.E. program are evaluated following the sixth semester of study in the undergraduate program. Students must have maintained a GPA for classes taken during their third year of at least 3.00 and must have attained a grade of C or better in all classes listed as AE to be considered for admission. The faculty committee on graduate admissions will consider the student's potential for success at the graduate level based on the student’s prior performance and level of commitment.

The program consists of a formalized cluster of courses designed to provide students with a Masters-level education in their option area. These courses, which have been approved by the Department of Architectural Engineering faculty for each option area, integrate the requirements of the B.A.E. with additional graduate credits to provide a graduate-level education.

The 30 credits that will comprise the M.A.E. program must be designated when applying to the program, along with a proposed schedule for completing the program. Due to the workload involved in integrating graduate study and the AE undergraduate program, students in the B.A.E./M.A.E. program must limit their credit load to 16 credits or less per semester. In addition, a student must enroll in at least one graduate (500-level) course per semester once admitted to the program (beginning in Spring of the fourth year).

Small modifications to these approved programs may be made based on course availability, a student's interests and special scheduling situations with approval of the academic advisor and the Graduate Program Officer. The Graduate Program Committee will recommend replacements for any course not offered during an academic year.

Following admission to the B.A.E./M.A.E. Degree Program, any modifications to a student's proposed curriculum must be approved by the Graduate Program Officer through a revised M.A.E. program approval form (see below). The normal process for approval of department electives in the B.A.E. program remains in effect.

In the Construction, Structural and Mechanical options, courses are typically offered each year, while in the Lighting/Electrical option, graduate courses are offered on a two-year cycle. Lighting/Electrical option students who plan to complete the integrated program in five years should consider taking a graduate class in the fall semester of their fourth year.

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B.A.E./M.A.E. Requirements Worksheets


For more information about the B.A.E./M.A.E. program, contact:

Richard Mistrick 
rmistrick@psu.edu

 
 

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Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394