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, which 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 during the seventh 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 master’s-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 fewer per semester. In addition, a student must enroll in at least one graduate (500- or 800-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 adviser 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. 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:

Contact Somayeh Asadi, graduate programs officer, at



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: 814-865-6394