Architectural Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MAE in Architectural Engineering (36 cr, Option III only)
  • MS in Architectural Engineering (30-36 cr, Option I or III)
  • PhD in Architectural Engineering (90 cr)
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Acoustics
  • Building Electrical Systems
  • Building Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering: Lighting
  • Structures

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Josephine Lau

Program Admission Coordinator
Melissa Hoffman

Campus Address
101A Peter Kiewit Institute
Omaha NE 68182-0816
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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Architectural Engineering

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - M.A.E. Applicants:  None
    - Otherwise:  GRE (Quantitative score above 60th percentile)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Architectural Engineering
  • January 15 for Fall. January 15 for Summer. September 15 for Spring.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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

  • 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 areas: (1) lighting and electrical systems, (2) building energy systems and acoustics, and (3) structure.
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) is a research-based thesis degree.
  • Within the architectural engineering field, Doctor of Philosophy (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

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Courses and More

Faculty and research

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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

Fadi Alsaleem

Nonlinear Dynamics of MEMS; Smart MEMS; IoT; Smart Building; Online Monitoring and Diagnostics; Big Data Analysis

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

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Architectural Engineering.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.