MSAECM Graduation Requirements-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

What to expect from our MSAECM program...

The Master of Science in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management (MSAECM) program is a post-professional degree program intended for recent graduates or practicing professionals. The curriculum is structured as either a 9-month (Fall-Spring) or 16-month (Fall-Spring-Fall, plus Summer internship) program, depending upon prior experience. This curriculum includes courses offered through the School of Architecture, the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and the Heinz College of Public Policy & Management, among others.

This program is designed to complement and augment degrees in the capital project delivery fields, including architecture, civil engineering, construction planning, facilities management, development, landscape architecture, interior design and others.

Core Course Descriptions:

Building Information Models & UT-based Analysis for Construction Project Management

The intent of this course is to introduce students to the concepts associated with information modeling and analysis. Students will learn the fundamentals of object-oriented modeling, the building information modeling efforts in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction Management (AECM) industry, and some relevant artificial-intelligence based techniques to reason with such information models. Simultaneously, students will gain exposure and hands-on experience with some of the existing software systems in the AECM industry that leverage such information models for decision support.

Knowledge Management in Architecture & Planning

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a system of hardware, software, and procedures designed to support the capture, management, manipulation, analysis, modeling and display of geospatially-referenced data for solving complex planning and management problems. GIS applications use both spatial information (maps) and databases to perform analytical studies. Facilities management is the practice of coordinating the physical workplace with the people and work of the organization. FM integrates the principles of business administration, architecture, and the behavioral & engineering sciences. CAFM integrates various tools that demonstrate the use of software in facilities management to streamline operations, boost productivity and develop strategic planning goals for an organization.

Value Based Design in AEC Management

Utility created through unconventional design features that violate the ordinary forms of economic equity for buildings is called design-added value (DAV). This course will use decision theory to analyze, explain, predict and control DAV, in the AEC industry. This course focuses on the idea of DAV and explores how architects and engineers manage to use it through physical and performance features in their buildings. More particularly, this course will apply techniques of requirement modeling, planning, risk-benefit analysis, intuitive design methods, (de)value-engineering and institutional ethics to building delivery problems and building cases, in the process of DAV. Through lectures and case studies, this course introduces theories, methods, and practices of value based decision making in the building industry.

AECM Synthesis Project

This project course deals with synthesis in solving AEC problems using the tools, theories, and methods studied in the program courses. Sponsors from governmental agencies, NGOs, or the private sector will be invited to underwrite real of realistic facility or design management problems. Students and faculty work in teams to formulate and resolve problems defined by these entities, which will serve as "clients." At the end of the course, student groups will present their work to the clients and develop a self-evaluation of their work. Students can elect to substitute approved electives in one of the three core subject areas: micro-economics, management, and quantitative methods.

CEE Graduate Seminars

All AECM students are required to enroll in and fully attend at least two CEE Graduate Seminars during their residency at CMU.

For a complete and up-to-date catalogue of course offerings, (including course descriptions, schedules, instructors, etc.) please visit the University's Schedule of Classes (SOC) website.


Core Courses

  • Building Information Models & UT-based Analysis for Construction

  • Knowledge Management in Architecture & Planning

  • Value Based Design in AEC Management

  • Synthesis Project


Restricted Elective Options

  • Civil Systems Investment Planning & Pricing

  • Infrastructure Management

  • Probability & Estimation Methods for Engineering Systems

  • Real Estate Design & Development