A Bachelor of Science degree in civil or architectural engineering from the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. An emphasis in construction management is available in either option. For students who have a strong interest in the construction of commercial buildings, architectural engineering provides the combination of engineering, architectural design and building systems as a foundation for entering the commercial construction industry. For students drawn to infrastructure construction such as roads, water treatment facilities and bridges, a degree in civil engineering provides a foundation in structural engineering, geotechnical and water resources as preparation for a career in civil construction.
The Master of Science program in CEM will provide you the opportunity to specialize your education to the needs of your career. The goal of the MS program is to provide you the educational environment to expand your abilities as a construction engineering and management professional.
Acceptance into our MS degree program requires a BS in an engineering field. If your undergraduate degree outside of construction, civil or architectural engineering, or with minimal practice or construction-related coursework, you may be required to take our CEM Fundamentals course. If you have a non-engineering BS degree, you will be required to complete the following engineering undergraduate prerequisite courses: Structural Analysis (CVEN 3525 or equivalent), Geotechnical Engineering I (CVEN 3708 or equivalent), and Fluid Mechanics (CVEN 3313 or equivalent). Each graduate student’s prior coursework is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Find out more about the application process, including deadlines. For more information about the CEM graduate program, please contact Dr. Amelia Celoza.
At the PhD level, CEM is an emphasis within the civil engineering program. Successful completion will highly position you for an academic career or a specialized consulting career in a wide range of engineering or business based corporate environments.
The PhD requires 30 semester hours of coursework plus 30 hours of thesis credit. PhD students are also required to successfully complete a preliminary exam, a comprehensive exam, and a final dissertation defense.
Students interested in pursuing a PhD degree should contact the CEM faculty member who specializes in the area that most interests you and aligns with your career goals. Individual faculty can provide information on research opportunities and teaching assistantships.