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Master of Architecture / Engineering (M.Arch./M.Eng.)

As an interdisciplinary school, Taubman College encourages students to explore interests outside of architecture and urban and regional planning, the college offers students opportunities to pursue combined degrees.

Program Overview

The M.Arch./ M.Eng. dual degree is a formally structured dual degree combining architecture and construction engineering and management. The program combines the two-year/60 credit hour or three-year/105 credit hour M.Arch. degree with the one-year/30 credit hour M.Eng. degree, resulting in a two and one half year/75 credit hour program or four-year/120 credit hour program (15 credits may be double counted).

Degree Requirements

The dual M. Arch/M.Eng degree requires the completion of a minimum of 75 credit hours. Specifically, a student must complete:

  1. Four courses (24 credit hours) of architectural design (Arch 552, Arch 562, Arch 662, Arch 672); 
  2. Seven courses (21 credit hours) of specific required architecture courses (Arch 515 – Sustainable Systems, Arch 516—Architectural Representation, Arch 527 – Integrative Systems, Arch 537 – Fabrication, Arch 572—Architectural Theory and Criticism,  Arch 583—Professional Practice,   and Arch 660—Thesis Development Seminar)
  3. Three courses (9 credit hours) selection from 500/600 level Architecture Courses
  4. 9 credit hours of Construction Engineering “core” courses (CEE 531, CEE 532, and CEE 536)
  5. 6 credit hours of graduate-level Construction Engineering courses
  6. 3 credit hours of a Construction Practice seminar (CEE 530)
  7. Any additional cognate/elective courses needed to fulfill the 75 credit hours and general requirements of each degree

In addition to the requirements outlined above, students must also complete—by the end of their first year of graduate study—the following courses or approved equivalents: CEE 351 Civil Engineering Materials, CEE 431 Construction Contracting, CEE 432 Construction Engineering, and CEE 445 Engineering Properties of Soils. In order to minimize scheduling problems, students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses prior to entering the dual degree. Note that these four courses, as well as other 300 and 400 level courses, will not be recognized for graduate credit within the 30 credit hours required for the M.Eng degree.

A cumulative GPA of “B” must be earned in each unit and no more than 15 credit hours may be double-counted toward the two degrees. Each unit maintains a separate transcript and either degree may be awarded independently, provided the requirements for the single degree have been met. 

 

Sample Course Sequence

Year 1 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit
Hours
Arch 552 Architectural Design 6
Arch 516 Architectural Representation 3
Arch Elective 3
CEE 431 Construction Contracting (if needed) or a graduate-level architecture or construction engineering course 3
Total 15
Winter Term Credit
Hours
Arch 562 Architectural Design 6
Arch 572 Architectural Theory + Criticism 3
CEE 351 Construction Engineering Materials (if needed) or a graduate-level architecture or construction engineering course 3
CEE 432 Construction Engineering (if needed) or a graduate-level architecture or construction engineering course 3
Total 15

Year 2 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit
Hours
Arch 672 Architectural Design 6
Arch 660 Thesis Development Seminar 3
CEE 531 Construction Cost Engineering 3
CEE 445 Engineering Properties of Soil (if needed) or a graduate-level architecture or construction engineering course 3
Total 15
Winter Term Credit
Hours
Arch 662 Thesis Studio 6
CEE 532 Construction Management + Project Engineering 3
CEE 530 Construction Practice Seminar 1
Graduate-level courses in architecture, construction engineering, or elective field 3
Total 13

Year 3 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit
Hours
Arch 583 Professional Practice 3
Elective   3
CEE 530 Construction Practice Seminar 2
CEE 536 Critical Path Methods 3
Graduate-level courses in architecture, construction engineering, or elective field 6
Total 18

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for the dual 2-year M.Arch./M.Eng. dual degree, a student must hold a B.S. degree from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning or an equivalent degree earned at another institution. Graduate students enrolled in the 3-year option must complete all required 300 and 400 level course work before applying to the dual M.Arch./M.Eng. program. Two complete and separate applications are necessary, one to Taubman College for the Master of Architecture and one to the College of Engineering. An application fee is required for both programs. Each program will make an admission decision independently of the other. Only if both programs approve admission is the applicant considered a dual degree student.

Contact Information

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Graduate M.Arch Admissions
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Room 2150 
Phone: (734) 764-1300
Email: TaubmanCollegeStudentServices@umich.edu
Website: taubmancollege.umich.edu/architecture

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Angela Jeon
GG Brown 2330
Phone: (734) 615-8117
Email: angelsoy@umich.edu
Website: http://tcmp.engin.umich.edu/programs/mengcem.html