Degree in Architectural Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Value Proposition Description

The degree in Architectural Engineering is part of a four-year ABET-accredited program that includes a capstone design project in the fourth year. Building upon WPI’s expertise in mathematics and basic science, the program delivers a broad foundation in engineering sciences related to the build environment. Then, utilizing WPI’s unique strengths in project-based education, humanities, and social sciences, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible leaders within the field of sustainable building design.

As you work to earn a degree in Architectural Engineering at WPI, you’ll focus on developing technical skills in four core areas: structural systems, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and construction/construction management. In addition to general courses for architectural engineering, you may focus your design proficiency in either the structural or mechanical area with electives like Design of Steel Structures, Pre-stressed Concrete Design, and Building Energy Simulation.

We also offer the unique opportunity to earn your BS in Architectural Engineering and an MS in Fire Protection Engineering in just five years.

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Project-based Learning

As an architectural engineering undergrad at WPI, project-based learning will be the cornerstone of your academic growth. Whether you’re working in your major on sustainable building design or smoke management systems, or you’re helping establish infrastructure improvements in developing countries, you’ll gain the hands-on team experience throughout your undergraduate education that employers look for.

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the Bachelor's Master's program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.

WPI's Bachelor's Master's Program

Take Your Architectural Education Further

As an Architectural Engineering student, you may also opt to earn your Master of Architecture with WPI's BS AREN / Master of Architecture program. Students in this program can earn both degrees in five years—saving time and money!

If you're interested, speak with the Architectural Engineering program for guidance on requirements. You must complete the online graduate application in your junior year (choose the Bachelor's Master's program and then Master of Architecture on the application) so you can be admitted to the Bachelor's Master's program during your senior year.

Explore Career Outlook for the Architectural Engineering Bachelor’s

Curious as to what you can do with a bachelor’s in architectural engineering, and whether you should major in it? Wondering about the average architectural engineering salary as well as jobs after graduation? Check out our career outlook for architectural engineering, where you’ll find the answers to these and other related questions. From salary information and sample companies that have hired WPI graduates to potential job titles and other opportunities, we’re here to help and support you every step of the way.

Consider a Minor in Architectural Engineering

Interested in architectural engineering, but not sure if you want to commit to a full degree? Consider a minor instead, where you’ll develop your knowledge of the field and better understand buildings and their functionality. Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge of the discipline or complement your major in civil engineering or a similar field with a related minor, the architectural engineering minor at WPI is a step in the right direction.

Explore Our Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management

Do you already have a bachelor’s in architectural engineering or a related field and are looking to elevate your career a step further? Consider earning a graduate-level certificate in construction project management, giving you the skills you need to manage construction projects at every stage. You’ll have the opportunity to focus on areas like negotiations and conflict resolution, BIM, and cost estimating. Prefer to study online instead? Our online graduate certificate in construction project management offers the same instruction, materials, and certificate as our on-campus format.

Take the Next Step with a Master’s in Construction Project Management

If you’re looking to continue your education in a related field, WPI’s master’s program in construction project management may be the perfect next step. This rigorous program is offered both on campus and online, giving you the flexibility you need as you learn how to manage complex construction projects at every stage, from resource planning and risk mitigation to reporting. You’ll also become knowledgeable in design and construction engineering processes, legal relations, and organization and management of resources, making for a truly interdisciplinary experience.

Explore Environmental Engineering & Construction Project Management

Work toward a better, more sustainable tomorrow with a master’s in environmental engineering and a master’s in construction project management. Both programs are available online, making for a flexible learning experience as you study everything from managing complex construction projects at every stage to contemporary environmental engineering issues.