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5.5-Year Bachelor of Architectural Engineering - Master of Civil Engineering (BAE-MCE)

Description

The College of Engineering & Science offers a combined Bachelor of Architectural Engineering - Master of Civil Engineering program. High school students can be admitted directly into this accelerated program.

Students continuing into the Master of Civil Engineering may focus in one area of Architectural Engineering or take courses among several areas such as: structures, construction, building systems, and architecture.

Architectural Engineers design the structures for buildings, determine methods to construct them, and plan the building components such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and the electrical and lighting systems. Architectural Engineers can work for architectural firms, private engineering consulting companies, mechanical contractors, government, energy efficiency consultants, lighting designers, and construction companies.

Architectural Engineering (AE) is the design of all aspects of buildings.  The major areas within AE are designing the structural system to support a building, designing the mechanical and electrical systems, and managing the construction of the building.  AE is a very interdisciplinary field, involved in all aspects of the design.  Therefore, you need to know something about features of a building.  Architectural engineers take courses in architecture so they are familiar with the "vocabulary" of the architect.  Students will be in classes with both Architects and Engineers.  Students can focus on one of the areas of Architectural Engineering such as structures or mechanical systems.

Since engineering problems need practical solutions, our program includes three co-operative job assignments in industry. The experience is valuable for your resume when seeking full-time employment.

A Master of Civil Engineering is a great fit for an Architectural Engineer since one of the focal areas of Civil Engineering is structures.

In order to complete both the BAE and MCE degrees in 5.5 years, the student must (a) be very well prepared as an incoming freshman, ready to take our core Engineering courses;  (b) satisfy all the admission criteria (see below), and (c) maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    See separate catalog pages for Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Civil Engineering Program Learning Outcomes.
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    Admission Into the Program

    Qualifications for the 5.5-year Engineering program for new freshmen:

    • A high school ACT composite score of 26, with a minimum of 22 in each section, and a minimum of 23 in the Mathematics section, or 600 on the Mathematics SAT score and combined Reading and Math of 1190.
    • A High School grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale, and the same for the combined mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses.
    • Students must place into appropriate-level freshmen courses at Detroit Mercy in order to be able to complete their bachelor and master degrees in 5.5 years.

    Qualifications for the 5.5-year Engineering program for Detroit Mercy juniors/seniors:

    • Students with a GPA of 3.25 and 95 credit hours can apply for the program near the end of their third year or in the beginning of their fourth year.
    • Students must be on-track to complete their undergraduate degree in 4.5 years.
    • If accepted into the program, students may take up to nine graduate credits in their fourth year that will count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
    • In the last two semesters of the 5.5-year program, students will be registered as full-time graduate students.  Full time graduate student status requires at least nine credit hours of graduate-level courses per term. These courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.

    To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy, complete their undergraduate degree in 4.5 years and their graduate program by the end of an additional year (two semesters).

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    Advantages

    • Reduction in the total number of courses required to get both the bachelor and master degrees (students may count nine credits towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements).
    • Ability to take up to nine graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate.

    The graduate courses which may be taken during the undergraduate program that can also be applied toward the undergrad degree requirements must be approved by your academic advisor. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in order to gain credit towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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    Degree Requirements (BAE 143-148 credits + MCE 30 credits, 9 credits double-counted)

    The course requirements for the 5.5-Year Bachelor of Architectural Engineering to Master of Civil Engineering include 143-148 credits of undergraduate course work and 30 credits of graduate coursework. Nine credits taken at the graduate-level can be double-counted towards the undergraduate degree, so that the total credits completed will be at least 164-169 credits. The course requirements are based on the current existing requirements for each program separately.  Note a minimum of 15 credits of the graduate degree must be courses offered only at the graduate level.

    Please review separate catalog pages for Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Civil Engineering for degree requirements.

Program Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Utpal Dutta, Ph.D., P.E.
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
Office: Engineering 262
Email: duttau@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1040

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