Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering

The objective of the Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering program is to provide an avenue for the advanced study of the design, construction, and operation of buildings and their systems. Students can specialize in any relevant aspect of Architectural Engineering in which CAEE faculty members have expertise, which includes: building energy and environmental systems, structures, or construction engineering and management. Through state-of-the-art and original research, students are expected to achieve a high level of mastery in the study of buildings and their systems, which should be demonstrated by successful defense of their dissertation and the publication of novel research results in peer-reviewed academic journals. Students who earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering will be prepared for careers in both academia and industrial research and development. The program is intended for students with bachelor’s or master’s degrees in architectural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related disciplines.

To be admitted to candidacy, students must pass a qualifying examination, which involves an oral presentation of two research papers selected by the student's adviser. The qualifying examination is administered by a research committee approved by the chairperson. The exam is diagnostic in nature. The results of the exam will determine the student's potential for success in the Ph.D. program. The department may waive this requirement for students who hold an M.S. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in the same field. This examination should be completed within three semesters of entry into the program.

Next, candidates must complete a comprehensive examination, which is an oral examination that is administered by a research committee approved by the chairperson. The candidate presents the research proposal and answers questions of a general professional nature. The research project must be in harmony with the interests of the faculty and with the facilities of the department. The candidate should pass the comprehensive examination at least one year prior to the date of graduation. 

Although doctoral research can begin upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the major portion of the research should take place after the qualifying examination is passed and the research proposal (comprehensive exam) is approved by the research committee. Research will be conducted under the supervision of a full-time faculty member and students should work to involve all members of their research committee.

The preliminary thesis draft must meet the approval of all members of the research committee. An oral examination in defense of the thesis is given as an open university seminar. The thesis defense must meet with the approval of the research committee; if it does not, the committee has the authority to determine whether or not to grant a re-examination.

Maximum Credits Required 84
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Maximum Transfer Credit 32
Required Courses (12)
CAE 513Building Science 13
CAE 517HVAC Systems Design3
or CAE 464 HVAC Systems Design
CAE 526Energy Conservation in Buildings 23
CAE 523Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data3
or MATH 474 Probability and Statistics
or MATH 564 Regression
or MMAE 500 Data Driven Modeling
or BME 533 Biostatistics
or STAT 514 Applied Computational Statistics for Analytics
Major Electives (15)
Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of major electives from the list below:15
Plumbing and Fire Protection Design3
Building Electrical/Lighting Systems Design3
Lighting Systems Design3
Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Engineering3
Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Engineering
Building Envelope Rehabilitation3
Building Enclosure Design3
Building Enclosure Design
Control of Building Environmental Systems 3
Control of Building Environmental Systems
Applied Building Energy Modeling3
Introduction to Sustainable Building Design3
Introduction to Sustainable Building Design
Measurement and Instrumentation in Architectural Engineering3
Measurement and Instrumentation in Architectural Engineering
Building Commissioning3
Building Commissioning
Net Zero Energy Building Design I3
Net Zero Energy Building Design II3
Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
General Electives (21-33)
Select 21 to 33 credit hours of electives21-33
Ph.D. Research (24-36)
CAE 691Research and Thesis for Ph.D. Degree24-36

Transfer credit may include a maximum of 32 credit hours from a completed master's degree


General elective coursework can included courses from ARCH, CAE, CHE, CHEM, CS, ECE, ENVE, EMGT, MATH, MMAE, SAM or others are acceptable with advisor approval