Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Architectural Engineering prepares graduates for professional practice in the built industry. With a curriculum that balances theory with practical application, the M.Eng. in Architectural Engineering reinforces and builds upon students' knowledge in the planning, designing, constructing, and analyzing of buildings and building systems. 

Diverse course offerings allow students to customize their own program of study, focusing on an area of the built industry that most interests them. Tailored programs provide a blend of architectural engineering knowledge and professional development skills, advancing students' career potential. 

The M.Eng. in Architectural Engineering is an intensive, non-thesis, 30-credit program that provides graduates with a professional master's degree in one of four architectural engineering disciplines: construction, lighting/electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering. Because of the flexibility of the program, students are able to enroll in courses ranging from virtual reality to energy and sustainability to technical engineering design.

Focus Areas


Students in the construction focus area are prepared to take an active role in the planning, designing, and constructing phases of building projects. Course topics include virtual reality and construction management. 


Students in the lighting and electrical focus area have the skills and knowledge to create high-quality lighting systems and safe and effective electrical distribution systems. Course topics include energy optimization and modeling and simulation. 


Students in the mechanical focus area work to combine a strong background in building systems with mechanical engineering fundamentals to design systems that provide quality environments for people. Course topics include energy and sustainability. 


Students in the structural focus area specialize in designing buildings that successfully integrate structure, environmental systems, and architecture. Course topics include advanced modeling and building envelopes. 



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