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Prospective Students

Architectural Engineering is a major for students interested in the design and construction of buildings and building systems. Graduates from this major are engaged in professional careers in the building industry. Many of these graduates become registered professionals in an engineering specialty.

Penn State's Architectural Engineering undergraduate program is a five-year curriculum. The AE Department offers instruction in four options:

  • Construction
  • Lighting/Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Structural

The majority of students will graduate from the major with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (B.A.E.); a limited number of students each year enter the integrated Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering (B.A.E./M.A.E.) program.

Penn State is also one of only a handful of universities in the United States to offer graduate degrees in AE. Our programs offer students the option of working towards their Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Science (M.S.), or Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering (Ph.D.).

Note to Prospective Graduate Students:

All information for prospective graduate students is located on our web site. We therefore do not provide paper-based information on our graduate programs. The web site should be complete and up-to-date and contain complete information on our graduate programs. If you have questions after reviewing the website, please contact the Graduate Program Officer.

How to Apply

Penn State does not provide a paper-based application. Admission is via an on-line application only.

Please visit the Prospective Student F.A.Q. page. Here you will find many answers to your questions about this program.

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Upcoming Events

AE Senior Thesis Kick-off Lecture

Guest Speaker: Dr. Elma Durmisevic

Owner, 4D Architects, The Netherlands

Apr. 28, 2016
Nittany Lion Inn- Ballroom AB
6:00 pm - Social
6:30 pm - Lecture
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