Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering (Ph.D.)

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to produce outstanding engineers who have demonstrated their abilities through the following: 

1. Independent Research: Each Ph.D. candidate must demonstrate an ability to plan and carry out independent and original research. This work must show a high degree of maturity and creativity and contribute to the knowledge base in Architectural Engineering. 

2. Depth of Study: Each Ph.D. candidate must develop a depth of understanding in one of the four basic areas of the department: Building Construction, Building Illumination Systems, Building Mechanical and Energy Systems, Building Structural Systems. 

This is normally established through work on the M.S. degree and will be developed further within the Ph.D. 

In the area of research, a student is expected to attain a level of understanding far above that normally acquired through typical coursework. This depth is developed not only through an organized series of courses but through extensive independent study and research. 

3.  Breadth of Study: At all times, the concept of the Architectural Engineer as an individual who possesses a breadth of understanding of the building and building processes must be maintained. Some of this breadth will come from formal classes while the remainder of it will come from self-study, active participation in a wide range of department lectures and activities, a personal interest in buildings, and interaction with fellow students. 





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