Architectural Engineering Professional MS DegreeThe AREN Professional MS program focuses on three disciplinary areas (subplans): building systems engineering (BSE), intelligent building systems (IBS), and construction engineering and management (CEM). Students are expected to complete 30 credit hours to meet the requirements of the MS degree. Typically, students can successfully complete the degree requirements within 12 - 18 months. Specifically, The AREN Professional MS curriculum comprises of a common core of required courses plus a set of elective courses that can be selected from three different subplans. Finally, a two-semester cooperative/internship is required to interact with professionals and gain real experience. For more information, please consult the Architectural Engineering Professional MS Degree Guide.

Program Pre-requisites

It is expected that AREN graduate students will have a solid background in Engineering. Students with an MS degree in Engineering are considered to meet our prerequisites. Students without an MS degree in Engineering should meet the following undergraduate pre-requisite courses:

  1. Ordinary Differential Equations
  2. Physics I or Physics II
  3. Thermodynamics
  4. Any other pre-requisite courses identified by the academic advisor

All deficiencies must be completed before a graduate degree is awarded.

The make-up courses taken at CU to address deficiencies will not count toward the credit requirement for your MS degree. Up to two courses (6 credit hours) at the 3000 level and above can be taken for graduate credit by doing extra work and by enrolling in them as independent studies. However, this can only be done with the agreement of the course instructor. Note that you are allowed a maximum of 6 credit hours of "independent study" in your degree.

Architectural Engineering Professional MS DegreeCore Courses

Students enrolled in the Professional MS program are required to take the following three core courses:

  • AREN 5001 Building Energy Systems: All AREN MS students are expected to have a fundamental understanding of building energy systems, construction engineering, and sustainable building design.  Students who lack sufficient exposure to the engineering of building mechanical and electrical systems, including lighting engineering, will be required to take a leveling course Building Energy Systems, which is a prerequisite course for several AREN courses (and thus often suggested for the first semester).
  • CVEN 5836 Construction Engineering and Management Fundaments: Students who lack sufficient exposure to construction engineering and management will be required to take a leveling course, Construction Eng. & Mgmt. Fundamentals (to be offered each fall).  
  • AREN 5890 Sustainable Building Design: All students will be required to take a course on sustainable building design to ensure that they acquire the fundamental concepts of energy efficiency and sustainability and their application to designing high performance buildings.  

Electives Courses

In addition to the core courses, students enrolled in the Professional MS program are required to take elective courses in each of the three subplans:

Building Systems Engineering Subplan:
In this subplan, students can take elective courses related to designing and operating sustainable building systems. In particular, students can learn to design and evaluate energy systems, including construction materials, and mechanical, lighting, and electrical systems for the built environment. There are a range of elective courses that students can select from depending on their interest and career plan.

Intelligent Building Systems Subplan:
In this subplan, students take required and elective courses related to designing and managing information and operational technologies for intelligent building systems. Students will learn the broad range of concepts including HVAC system design and control, building automation systems and protocols, data communication fundamentals, data science for building operations, fundamentals of cybersecurity, integration and functionality of diverse building systems, and the application of Building Internet of Things (BIoT) technologies.

Construction Engineering and Management Subplan:
This subplan is for those students interested in specializing in building Construction Engineering and Management (CEM).

Professional Experience

Central to the Professional MS degree requirement is a two-semester structured cooperative or internship to gain real-life experience related to building systems. The cooperative should be taken during the second year after the student has completed the core courses and some of the electives courses and should be organized with the assistance of the student’s academic advisor. The cooperative involves close interaction between the student and professionals. For instance, the cooperative can be performed with the campus facilities management personnel for the purpose of gaining real-life and hands-on experience in the challenges encountered in managing a university campus.

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