MS ARCH AEC INTEGRATION INFO
Globalization, increasing project complexity, sustainability efforts and emerging technologies are among the major drivers affecting the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) industry. These changes are overtaking the A/E/C industry and are forcing formally fragmented groups to work together to create more efficient, economical and sustainable products. The organizations that will move ahead in this climate understand and embrace these changes. More importantly, they are led by individuals who possess the skills and foresight needed to successfully meet these challenges and incorporate change.
Graduates will be prepared for careers in new forms of integrated decision-making and processes, based on emerging technologies that can have a positive impact on the economic, environmental and ethical concerns of the built environment.
Who should apply
This program is designed for professionals who want to lead the industry toward seamless integration and become innovators and change agents within the field. General contractors and professionals in design firms, construction management firms or engineering firms are ideal candidates for this program. Additionally, management and information technology professionals with a background in the built environment would also build uniquely competitive skill sets in their industries.
Applicants to the MS/Arch program concentrating in A/E/C Integration are expected to have fundamental knowledge of the A/E/C profession, and basic capabilities model building and mastering one or more BIM tools. Access to these basic courses is widely available (e.g., ArchiCAD, AGC, AIA short courses, and continuing education courses offered by universities). In some cases, students without this background may be admitted but will be expected to take their pre-requisites as elective courses.GT Graduate Admissions Web Site
PROGRAM OF STUDY
This Post-Professional Master of Science with a major in Architecture with a concentration in A/E/C Integration requires 36 semester hours and can typically be completed in three full-time semesters. It consists of 24 semester hours of required courses as shown below, and 12 semester hours of either: a) MS Thesis (theoretical), b) Masters Project (practical), or c) Approved professional elective courses. Students with no background in this discipline are required to take a set of pre-requisite courses.
24 Hours of Required Courses:
- Introduction Course: BIM Analysis and Interoperability (3 hrs.)
- Material Procurement and Tracking (3 hrs)
- Capstone Course: Collaborative Design and Construction (6 hrs)
- COA 8676 Design and Engineering Databases (3 hrs)
- Virtual Construction Operations Analysis (3 hrs)
- Advanced Cost and Financial Management in A/E/C (3 hrs)
- Lean Construction and Design (3 hrs)
12 Hours of MS Thesis:
- Master's Thesis (12 Semester Hours). Theoretical research on related topics.
12 Hours of Master’s Project:
- Master's Project (12 Semester Hours). Practical related topics such as industry case studies, real world projects, lessons learned, and other topics.
12 Hours of Approved Professional Electives:
12 hours of approved professional elective courses by the graduate academic advisor could be taken. These approved courses can be from the following colleges: College of Architecture, Engineering, Management, and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. The following list provides a set of recommended courses, but not limited to:
- Human Factors in A/E/C
- Program Management
- Infrastructure Development Sensing
- COA 8690 Building Product Models
- e-Business in A/E/C
- BC 7100 Quantitative Methods in Construction Research.
- CS 1331 GR Introduction to OO Programming
- Other courses from the College of Management; College of Engineering; Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; or College of Architecture (architecture, building construction, urban planning, etc.)
Applicants with no background in this field will be asked by the graduate academic advisor to take their elective courses as Pre-request. Graduate students might take from 3-12 hours of Pre-requests as needed. Applicants to the MS/Arch program with a concentration in A/E/C Integration are expected to have fundamental knowledge of the A/E/C profession, and basic capabilities model building and mastering one or more BIM tools. Access to these basic courses is widely available (e.g., ArchiCAD, AGC, AIA short courses, and continuing education courses offered by universities). In some cases, students without this background may be admitted but will be expected to take their Pre-requests as elective courses.