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Prospective Graduate Students

Admissions for the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) graduate programs are rolling. Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until the spots are filled for start dates in August 2021 and January 2022. Prospective students applying to start in August 2021 do not need to submit GRE scores for the M.S. or Ph.D. programs. More information »

Graduate programs in architectural engineering involve in-depth studies in the design, analysis, construction, and operation of buildings and building systems. The impact of the ever-changing social, economic, political, energy, regulatory, and technical boundary conditions creates significant opportunities for architectural engineering research. Research and professional activities conducted by our faculty and students continue to advance the building industry, one of the leading industries in the United States.

Our world-class graduate degree programs include:

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Architectural Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.) in Architectural Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Architectural Engineering

The following options are available for study at the graduate level:

Construction Option
Lighting/Electrical Option
Mechanical Option
Structural Option

“I feel really confident about the students coming out of the AE program. I know that the students will be prepared and well-rounded, and I don’t have to get them up to date on the industry; they know it and can jump right in.”
Michael Joaquino, TLC Engineering Solutions
BAE 2017, Mechanical Option

“I like the cross-disciplinary knowledge that is shared with the students, and the practical applications that the professors bring, a lot of whom have worked in industry. I have hired Penn State AEs because I know they’ll be working productively in the office immediately, whereas when hiring from other programs, there can be a long training process.”
Karen Murphy, HDR
BAE 1989, Lighting/Electrical Option

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Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394