Construction Engineering and Management

Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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The Construction Engineering and Management master’s program from UW–Madison equips you with technical, managerial, and business knowledge so you can successfully design, coordinate, and manage projects.


Is this program right for you?

A Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with a named option in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM), provides you with expertise in the theoretical and practical methods of planning, design, and construction, building on your civil engineering foundation in environmental engineering, transportation, structural analysis, fluid dynamics, and material science.

In just one year of intensive face-to-face learning, you gain an enriched understanding of construction scheduling, cost estimating, construction law, business management, ethics, risk management, safety and quality management, project control, teamwork, leadership, written and oral communications, and continuous improvement. You emerge fully prepared to immerse yourself in construction engineering and management.

Industry partners are strongly engaged in all aspects of the Construction Engineering and Management program, serving as adjunct professors, professors of practice, instructors, strategic advisors, and general supporters. This provides you with a valuable network of contacts during your time on the UW–Madison campus and once you enter the workforce.

Our Construction and Engineering Management graduates are among the top executive performers and leaders in the industry. Leading construction companies consider the UW–Madison Construction and Engineering Management program a top producing school and first choice for future recruiting.

Earn your master’s degree through a program created with professional values in mind. As a UW–Madison graduate, you can provide outstanding service and expertise to the construction industry.

Is this program right for you?

A Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with a named option in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM), provides you with expertise in the theoretical and practical methods of planning, design, and construction, building on your civil engineering foundation in environmental engineering, transportation, structural analysis, fluid dynamics, and material science.

In just one year of intensive face-to-face learning, you gain an enriched understanding of construction scheduling, cost estimating, construction law, business management, ethics, risk management, safety and quality management, project control, teamwork, leadership, written and oral communications, and continuous improvement. You emerge fully prepared to immerse yourself in construction engineering and management.

Industry partners are strongly engaged in all aspects of the Construction Engineering and Management program, serving as adjunct professors, professors of practice, instructors, strategic advisors, and general supporters. This provides you with a valuable network of contacts during your time on the UW–Madison campus and once you enter the workforce.

Our Construction and Engineering Management graduates are among the top executive performers and leaders in the industry. Leading construction companies consider the UW–Madison Construction and Engineering Management program a top producing school and first choice for future recruiting.

Earn your master’s degree through a program created with professional values in mind. As a UW–Madison graduate, you can provide outstanding service and expertise to the construction industry.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School minimum requirements.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution.
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (paper) or 92 (internet). For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering program supplemental application.
  • Statement of purpose, including your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

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Program Highlights

  • The Construction Engineering & Management program is accelerated, so you can earn your degree in just one year.
  • The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s engineering graduate programs are among the nation’s leaders. You earn a degree of distinction from a world-renowned university.
  • Our program has a flexible curriculum: you choose the classes you take. This way, you can customize your graduate degree program to fit your personal and professional goals.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (#9) and Best Engineering Grad Schools (#22) by U.S. News & World Report.

How You'll Learn

  • Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Take 15 credits from the approved list of Construction Engineering and Management courses.
  • Six credits from a second discipline within the approved list of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) specialization courses, based on your career interests.
  • Three credits from a third discipline within the approved list of CEE specialization courses, based on your career interests.
  • Five credits of independent study.
  • One credit in a graduate student seminar.

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester

  • Legal Aspects of Engineering
  • Mechanical Systems for Construction
  • Construction Project Management
  • Construction Labor Productivity Management
  • Field Engineering Workshops: Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical
  • Architecture Design for Construction

Spring Semester

  • Integrated Project Estimating and Scheduling
  • Construction Project Management
  • Electrical Systems for Construction
  • Lean Project Delivery
  • Leadership Development for Project Managers
  • Graduate Student Seminar

Summer Semester

  • Construction Project Management
  • Independent Study and Advanced Independent Study

Job Outlook

Market Salary
$85K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
11.1% for Construction Managers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
3,293 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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