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The timing could not be better for pursuing an advanced degree in construction engineering management. Construction in the United States is a critical sector of the economy, valued at some $900 billion annually. And a more than 11 percent increase in the demand for construction engineering managers is predicted by 2026.

To meet this vital need Clarkson has designed its Master of Science in Construction Engineering Management program for working professionals, who can customize the pace of the program and the place. Courses will be available in hybrid (with limited on-site interactions) or fully online/remote modes.

Clarkson is known regionally and nationally as a leader in construction engineering studies. With a strong alumni network in key roles across the industry, participants in the Construction Engineering Management program can expect superlative learning and career outcomes. 

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Requirements and Course Offerings

The MS degree in Construction Engineering Management is available for students with a BS in Civil Engineering or other engineering
discipline, construction, architecture, or business/management. It is designed to give students the flexibility to choose courses that meet their needs and schedule. The degree requirements are a total of 30 graduate credits, consisting of four core courses and six elective courses. 

Four Core Courses - 12 Credit Hours

CE506 Advanced Construction Engineering* (fall) 

CE510 Sustainable Infrastructure and Building* (fall)

CE591 Special Topics in Construction Engineering Management* (spring)

CE590 Graduate Degree Completion Project - The Masters Project

*Completing these three courses allows for the award of a professional certificate in Construction Engineering Management


The Construction Engineering Management masters project is an opportunity to put into practice the learning students have gained through their courses.

Clarkson University CEM Program

The project is intended to be cooperatively executed with an advisor within the program and an advisor from the student’s employer (or potential employer). The overall Master of Science in Construction Engineering Management program advisor is the director of Construction Engineering Management at Clarkson. 

The industry project advisor will be selected through mutual agreement between the director, the student, and any employer leadership that may be required. At the completion of the project work, the student will prepare a formal report and submit it to the project advising team (director, academic project advisor, and industry advisor). When the report is approved by the advisor, the project credits will be granted. Project credits can be taken in the summer.

Six Elective Courses - 18 credit hours

Chosen from our Construction Engineering Management elective courses listing, based on individual needs. This list changes over time based on availability, market trends, and interests. Here is an initial sampling: 

CE 502 Applications of Geospatial Analysis 

CE 505 Project Controls and Lean Methods in Construction 

CE 508 BIM for Prefab 

CE 541 Bridge Engineering 

EM 660 Financial Analysis & Cost Management 

OM 650 Operations Strategy & International Competitiveness 
OM 680 Strategic Project Management 

EM 640 Leading and Managing Organizations 

OS 657 Leading Organizational Change 

OS 666 Negotiations & Relationship Management 

EM 630 Law for Engineers

EM 650 Enterprise Sustainability 


Visit our Civil and Environmental Engineering and Business Administration Online MBA information pages for more course options. 

Move At Your Own Pace

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Full-time students can complete the degree in one calendar year. Part-time students can take two courses each term or choose the pace that fits their schedule. Students have the option to customize their degree with courses available in hybrid (with limited on-site interactions) or fully online/remote modes.

Through these options, students who wish to do so can complete the degree in Construction Engineering Management in two years. 

A typical program of study could involve students taking two courses per semester in both fall and spring semesters of each year, and a summer business course. 

Students planning to complete their studies in three years could, for example, take one engineering course each fall and spring semester, a business course one semester and in each of two summers, and complete a three credit-hour project during their final year of study. 

We are deepening our relationship with Clarkson University to better prepare students to go into construction management or engineering. We think this is one of the most important things we do - and we really think the world of what you are doing.

CEO Peter J. Davoren, Turner Construction Company

Why Clarkson?

What sets us apart and makes this program your best choice?

Clarkson Alumni Network 

Clarkson’s success in the construction industry is well established in its alumni network having leaders at all levels of the industry. This program will feature alumni and other industry leaders as part of a special topics course, giving students first-hand knowledge of industry trends.

Strong Construction Engineering Curricula

Clarkson’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department has been a regional leader in construction engineering education for decades, throughout New York State and well beyond. This strong foundation is built into this MS degree, so that students can build on their undergraduate degree and meet the ASCE goal of at least 30 credit hours of post-undergraduate study for practicing engineers.

Clarkson University Master's Program Construction Engineering Management

Flexible and Practical Program 

This program is built with the learner in mind. It will allow for on-campus, off campus, part-time and/or full-time study. The coursework will be focused on practical application, current industry techniques and emerging trends and technology. This degree isn’t focused on research, it focuses on how to use engineering principles in an applied manner. Ideal for the working professional, it also is a perfect continuation of undergraduate studies for those entering the construction industry.

Professional Development and Certifications/Accreditations

Certain courses in this program provide gateways to such accreditations as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and/or an Envision Sustainable Professional. As an educational provider in civil engineering in New York State, Clarkson can provide professional development hours for use in maintaining credentials or licensure within some courses.

Building to a Complete Degree

Finally, the program has been made to grow with the learner. Individual sessions award PDH credit, individual courses provide immediate tangible use and preparation for accreditation, groupings of courses can lead to an award of a professional certificate, and with a tailored project, the completion of coursework leads to a master’s degree.

Construction Engineering Management Admission Requirements

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Not Required.

A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. Learn more about our scholarships and how to apply by contacting Graduate Admissions via email at

Construction Engineering Management for International Students

International students looking to pursue Construction Engineering Management (CEM) can do so by completing their MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) with a specialty track in CEM. The CEM track is designed for flexibility, giving you the opportunity to choose courses that meet your needs and schedule. The program advisor and director of Construction Engineering Management is Erik Backus, and your project advisor is selected through mutual agreement between the director of CEM, a potential project advisor and yourself. This is a STEM OPT eligible program.

Learn more about the MS in CEE

Contact Us

For additional information, contact CEM Director Erik Backus at 315-268-6522,, or