MS in Architectural Engineering

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What is architectural engineering?

The world is ever-changing, and architectural engineers are there to create significant opportunities for engineering research in social, economic, political, energy, regulatory, and technical boundary conditions. Architectural engineering is a specialization of a Master of Science degree that combines the skills of an architect with the skills of an engineer. It focuses on the planning, analysis, design, construction, and operation of engineered systems for commercial, industrial, institutional, and large residential facilities.

KU Edwards Campus offers the master degree program in a hybrid format with convenient courses to fit your busy schedule.

What jobs can I get with an architectural engineering degree?

Architectural engineers combine science and technology to build and design the world around us. Using the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the average nationwide salary for architectural engineering managers is $152,350 per year.

Architectural engineering; fire protection systems engineer, electrical and lighting systems engineer, structural systems engineer, mechanical and plumbing systems engineer, architectural engineering manager, architectural engineer

Is a master’s degree in architectural engineering from KU right for me?

The KU master’s degree in architectural engineering program (MS ARCE) is a specific blend of technical, management and leadership courses that apply across a range of careers and professional situations. Gain skills to understand and solve complex problems for the commercial, industrial, institutional, and large residential facilities. The Master of Science degree in architectural engineering can specialize in any of the following areas of architectural engineering:

  • Building mechanical systems
  • Energy management
  • Lighting and Electrical Systems
  • Construction engineering


How is the master’s degree in architectural engineering structured?

The Master of Science in Architectural Engineering requires 30 credit-hours including a 3-hour practical design project in the student’s area of specialization (via ARCE 895) and a final presentation of that project.

The Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is available with scheduled courses. The M.S. in architectural engineering program allows students the flexibility to customize their degree through specialization in an area of professional practice. Students will determine a plan of study with their Faculty Advisor.


William Kirkham
  • Program Director and Professor of Practice
Graduate degree, Online degree
Why start an architectural engineering program at KU?


  • Hybrid course formats
  • Classes designed for busy adults


  • Experienced faculty
  • Globally recognized education
  • Strong alumni network


  • Learn it today, use it tomorrow
  • Courses designed for working professionals
  • Focused on applicable skills and career advancement

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