This program of advanced study focuses on the optimization of acoustical quality of performance spaces and other aurally sensitive environments. Research in this area improves understanding of how a space is designed to achieve the best acoustics for a given purpose. The program is geared toward students with a bachelor’s degree who have interests in acoustics, music, architecture, and/or engineering. Rensselaer offers numerous state-of-the-art facilities related to study in this area including a Hemi-anechoic testing room with a Binaural listening test station, the School of Architecture Workshop, and Rensselaer’s Libraries and Information Services.
Individuals applying for admission to this program must have a bachelor-level degree (B.Arch., B.S., or B.A.) in Architecture, Engineering, Music, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Acoustics, Electronic Media, Theater Technology, or other related fields. Those with other degrees or experience (e.g., who have worked in the field) and with keen interest in Architectural Acoustics will also be considered. Those receiving an M.S. in Architectural Sciences (Concentration in Architectural Acoustics) will be well prepared to enter the field at post-entry positions.