Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Architectural Engineering prepares students for advanced building system design, construction, operation, and analysis. Graduate course offerings in a wide variety of building industry topics provide students with the flexibility to customize their own program of study. Course topics range from virtual reality design, energy efficiency, building and structural resiliency, daylighting, and sustainability. 

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 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. 



Globally recognized as a leading architectural engineering department, the mission of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to advance the built environment through the development of world-class architectural engineers and research. The vision of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to lead the world in innovative education and research to achieve high-performing built environments. Our program emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing buildings, providing our architectural engineering graduates with outstanding education and research opportunities. 

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6395