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The Masters of Engineering (ME) degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Construction Engineering Management (CEM) is available for students that have a BS in Civil Engineering or from another engineering discipline. The degree requirements are;

1. Total of 30 graduate credits
2. Three Core CEM Courses (9 credits)
3. Three Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) courses taken from our elective list (9 credits)
4. Three Business Management Courses (9 credits)
5. ME Project (3 credits)

The CEM track is designed for flexibility giving students the opportunity to choose courses that meet their needs and schedule. The CEM Program advisor is the Director of CEM (Erik Backus). The CEM project advisor will be selected through mutual agreement between the Director of CEM, the student, and project advisor.  At the completion of the project work, the student will prepare a formal report and submit it to the project advisor. When the report is approved by the advisor, the project credits will be formally granted.  Project credits can be taken in the summer.


Required Core CEM Courses (9 credits)

  • CE 506 Advanced Construction Engineering (even Fall semesters)
  • CE 510 Sustainable Infrastructure and Building (all Fall semesters)
  • CE 591 Special Topics in Construction Engineering Management (all Spring semesters)

CEE Electives (9 credits): three are required, taken from the following list:

  • CE 512 Intro to Structural and Soil Dynamics (on demand)
  • CE 513 Elastic Waves and Non-Destructive Testing (even Fall semesters)
  • CE 515 Foundations, Stability, and Retaining Structures (all Fall semesters)
  • CE 516 Advanced Soil Mechanics (odd Fall semesters)
  • CE 519 Advanced Foundation Design (odd Spring semesters)
  • CE 520 Computational Methods of Structural Analysis (all Spring semesters)
  • CE 521 Analysis of Advanced Composite Strutures (on demand)
  • CE 538 Introduction to Finite Element Method (all Fall semesters)
  • CE 549 Experimental Methods in Structures (all Spring semesters)
  • CE 553 Properties and Performance of Concrete Materials (all Spring semesters)
  • CE 555 Structural Damage: Assessment, Repair, and Strengthening (odd Spring semesters)
  • CE 622 Geo-Structural Design (even Spring semesters)
  • CE 631 Cement Chemistry (even Spring semesters)

Three Business Management Courses (9 credits)

Take three courses based on student's interests and approval of the Director of CEM. They are selected from the MBA program that offers courses in the areas of Economics, Ethics, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Finance, Decision Analysis, Information Systems, and Marketing.  For additional information, go to


Full-time students can complete the degree in one 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 on-line, 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 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, 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.

For additional information, contact Erik Backus, 1-315-268-6522,