Master of Science in Architectural Sciences (Concentration in Architectural Acoustics)

In cooperation with the School of Engineering, the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has instituted the most ambitious Graduate Program in Architectural Acoustics in the United States. The Program originally was founded by Dr. Christopher Jaffe in 1999. It now offers a formal program for studies in acoustics toward both Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees. The Program comprehensively covers most relevant aspects of acoustics, including Architectural Acoustics; Communication Acoustics; Auralization and Computational Modeling; Acoustical Sensing, Measurement, and Signal Processing; Psychoacoustics and Sound Quality; and Noise Control and Urban Soundscapes. The Program's ambition is to give the students a well-rounded education and the necessary skills for successful careers as practicing acousticians, while at the same time providing in-depth knowledge required for applied research and continued doctoral studies.

The degree programs are aimed toward those with backgrounds in engineering, architecture, physics, music, computer science, recording engineering, and other areas, who are interested in becoming professional acousticians, and being involved in the design of performing arts buildings and public facilities in general.

The professors on the faculty include Dr. Ning Xiang (Chair of Graduate Program), Dr. Jonas Braasch, Paul Calamia, Charles Ebbing (Adjunct faculty for HAVC and noise control), Dan Hoffman (Adjunct faculty for Stagecraft), and Dr. Rendell R. Torres (Adjunct faculty for acoustic modeling), Dr. Christopher Jaffe (Visiting Distinguished Professor), Dr. Jens Blauert (Visiting Distinguished Professor), and Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert (Visiting Professor). These individuals bring together a collective expertise within architectural acoustics research, consulting, modeling, noise and vibration control, stagecraft and theater design, sound quality, sound reinforcement, and studies of psychoacoustical effects of sound fields.

The Acoustics Program works closely with faculty and researchers in other related departments at Rensselaer: Prof. William Siegmann, Prof. Margaret Cheney (Mathematics), Prof. Gary Saulnier (Electrical Engineering), Prof. Richard Radke, Prof. Henry Scarton (Mechanical Engineering), Prof. Johannes Goebel (EMPAC), Prof. Ted Krueger, Prof. Alexandra Rempel, Prof. Anna Dyson (Architecture), faculty and researchers at RPI's Lighting Research Center, and the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS) in the School of Engineering.

Individuals applying for admission to this program must have a bachelor-level degree (B.Arch., B.S., or B.A.) in Architecture, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Acoustics, Electronic Media, Music, Theater Technology, or other related fields. Students with other degrees or experience (e.g., who have worked in the field) and with keen interest in Architectural Acoustics will also be considered. Students receiving an M.S. in Architectural Sciences (Concentration in Architectural Acoustics) will be well prepared to enter the field at post-entry positions. Rensselaer admits qualified students without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, age, or disability.

Ning Xiang, Program Chair, email:, phone: (518) 276 6464
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