The program includes core classes that will give you critical, hands-on Construction Engineering Management (CEM) experience and an unprecedented depth of technical and practical mastery.

The master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) with a specialty track in Construction Engineering Management (CEM) is available for students that have a BS in civil engineering or another engineering discipline.

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.


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Construction Engineering Curriculum

The Civil and Environmental Engineering program with a specialty track in Construction Engineering Management consists of 30 total graduate credits. These credits are concentrated in three core CEM courses (9 credits), three civil and environmental engineering electives (9 credits), three business management courses (9 credits) and an ME project (3 credits). Students usually complete this program in one to two years.

Construction Engineering Management Curriculum

Required Core CEM Courses (9 credits + ME Project, 30 credits)

  • CE506 Advanced Construction Engineering (even falls)
  • CE510 Sustainable Infrastructure and Building (all falls)
  • CE591 Special Topics in Construction Engineering Management (all springs)

CEE Electives (9 credits, three of which must be from the following courses)

  • CE512 Intro to Structural and Soil Dynamics (on demand)
  • CE513 Elastic Waves and Non-Destructive Testing (even falls)
  • CE515 Foundations, Stability and Retaining Structures (every fall)
  • CE516 Advanced Soil Mechanics (odd falls)
  • CE519 Advanced Foundation Design (odd springs)
  • CE520 Computational Methods of Structural Analysis (every spring)
  • CE521 Analysis of Advanced Composite Structures (on demand)
  • CE538 Introduction to Finite Element Method (every fall)
  • CE549 Experimental Methods in Structures (every spring)
  • CE553 Properties and Performance of Concrete Materials (every spring)
  • CE555 Structural Damage: Assessment, Repair and Strengthening (odd springs)
  • CE622 Geo-Structural Design (even springs)
  • CE631 Cement Chemistry (even springs)

Business Management Courses (9 credits)

Three courses are taken in accordance with your interests and the approval of the director of CEM. They are selected from the MBA program, which offers courses in the areas of economics, ethics, supply chain management, accounting, finance, decision analysis, information systems and marketing.

The ME project:

This is your capstone for this program, and upon completion of the project work, you prepare a formal report and submit it to the project advisor for approval. When the report is approved by the advisor, your project is complete. The project is flexible and can be undertaken in the summer if that better fits your schedule.

Common Schedule of Studies:

Take two courses each term or choose a pace that fits your schedule. You have options to customize your degree with courses online, on-site or both through our hybrid degree program. Through these options, students who wish to do so are able to complete the ME degree with a concentration in CEM 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, plus 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 and one business course one semester and in each of the two summers, and then complete a 3-credit hour project during their final year of study.

Double-Numbered Courses: The online (distance) offerings include certain courses appropriate for both advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. These courses carry a senior-level course number as well as a graduate-level course number (e.g., CE415/515 Foundations, Stability, and Retaining Structures). Students with credit for this course material in their undergraduate programs cannot also obtain graduate credit for the same topical material. However, it is important to be able to offer these courses to ME students who do not have this background.

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A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Waived: The GRE requirement will be waived for Fall 2021 applicants.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

Prerequisites: Applicants must meet all admission requirements for the master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering program.

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