Architectural Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.E. in Architectural Engineering
  • M.S. in Architectural Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering


Areas of Study
  • Acoustics
  • Building Electrical Systems
  • Building Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering: Lighting
  • Structures
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Contacts for Architectural Engineering

Graduate Chair

Dr. Josephine Lau

Program Admission Coordinator

Melissa Hoffman


Campus Address

101A Peter Kiewit Institute

Omaha NE 68182-0816

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Architectural Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - M.A.E. Applicants:  None
    - Otherwise:  GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation (M.S. and Ph.D. only)
  • Statement of goals and objectives (M.S. and Ph.D. only)

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Architectural Engineering
Fall and Summer: January 15 Spring: September 15


Four graduate programs are offered in architectural engineering through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This University of Nebraska-Lincoln program is offered in Omaha, Nebraska at the Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology, and Engineering (PKI). Omaha is located 50 miles northeast of Lincoln.

The Master of Architectural Engineering (M.A.E.) is intended primarily for students who have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from the University of Nebraska. The degree is a professional degree based on course work and design work with a graduate project. The program includes three option areas: (1) lighting and electrical systems, (2) building energy systems and acoustics, and (3) structure.

The second graduate program is the Master of Science (M.S.) which is a research-based thesis degree.

The final degree option is the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Within the architectural engineering field, Ph.D. students can concentrate on building energy, lighting, electrical, acoustics, and structures.

There are several professional societies and student groups on campus including:
  • Acoustical Society of America, University of Nebraska Student Branch
  • Architectural Engineering Institute, University of Nebraska Student Branch
  • UNL Architectural Engineering Construction Student Outreach Program (AECSOP)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Courses and More

Students in Architectural Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Changbum Ahn
Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction; Construction Simulation; Data Sensing and Analysis
Mahmoud Alahmad
Electrical System Analysis, Design, Distribution, and Protection; Power Management System Design and Implementation; Renewable Energy Alternatives
Michelle Eble-Hankins
Ece Erdogmus
Preservation; Historic Masonry Construction
Josephine Lau
Indoor Air Quality; Air Flow Modeling and Measurement; Energy Simulation of HVAC Systems; Air Cleaning and Filtration Technologies
Haorong Li
Automated Fault Detection; Diagnostics for HVAC and R Systems
Ken Merkel
Project Management Issues
Dale Tiller
Psychological Aspects of Lighting; Energy Conservation
Lily Wang
Noise Control; Room Acoustics; Building Environmental Effects on Humans
Clarence Waters
Lighting and Power Distribution Systems for Buildings; Building Environmental Effects on Humans
Yuebin Yu
Automated Continuous Commissioning and Fault Detection of HVAC&R; Integration and Advanced Control of Building Energy Systems; Modeling and Simulation of Building Systems
David Yuill
HVAC; Faults and Diagnostics (FDD); High-Performance Buildings; Energy Efficiency; Energy Modeling; Advanced Controls; Indoor Air Quality; Solar Energy

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