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 successful projects.

Is this program right for you?

A Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a named option in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison 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.


What you Learn

  • Acquire theoretical and practical methods of planning, design, and construction
  • Develop construction project management and leadership skills
  • Know and understand fundamentals, such as construction scheduling, cost estimating, construction law, business management, and written and oral communications
  • Demonstrate creative, independent problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • 30 credit degree program
  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Courses begin in fall semester only
  • Take 15 credits from the approved list of Construction Engineering and Management courses
  • 6 credits from a second discipline within the approved list of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 3 credits from a third discipline within the approved list of CEE specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 5 credits of independent study
  • 1 credit in a graduate student seminar

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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
  • Complete the supplemental application section required by the Civil and Environmental Engineering program
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include 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
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)
  • Application deadline: December 15th

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