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Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are a great way to decide if the full degree program is for you or to supplement knowledge needed in the professional work environment. The Department of Civil Engineering offers three graduate certificates that can be taken while enrolled in a master’s degree program or as a nondegree student and one undergraduate certificate that can be completed at the same time as a bachelor's degree.

Graduate Certificates

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Integrated Construction Management and Leadership (ICML)
  • Construction Project Management (CPM) 

Undergraduate Certificate

  • Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL)

To earn a graduate certificate in geographic information systems (GIS), students must take four of the core GIS classes; any prerequisites for those individual classes are also required. Students must also have already earned a baccalaureate degree. The core classes include:

  • CVEN 5381 Intro to GIS
  • CVEN 5382 GIS Spatial Database Development
  • CVEN 5385 GIS Relational Databases
  • CVEN 5386 GIS Laboratory (ArcGIS)
  • CVEN 5387 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • CVEN 5390 Interactive Web Mapping for GIS
  • CVEN 5391 Geomatics for GIS
  • CVEN 5392 Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • CVEN 5395 GNSS/GPS

For complete, up-to-date course descriptions, visit the CU Denver academic catalog and search for the course numbers listed above.

This certificate is awarded by the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Students may earn this certificate without formal admission to a Master’s degree program in engineering if they take these classes as a nondegree student. All course prerequisites will still apply. ​

The Integrated Construction, Management and Leadership (ICML) certificate is an interdisciplinary program located at CU South Denver and is designed for working or aspiring professionals and upper-level students interested in expanding their knowledge-base in the fields of engineering, architecture, business, and their intersections. 

Students can earn graduate-level credit for each course successfully completed and the ICML Certificate upon completion of the four courses and can take these courses as a nondegree student or by being enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver.

These courses can also be used to partially fulfill requirements for the Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management or other eligible graduate programs, such as the Master of Architecture degree upon acceptance into these programs.

The ICML Certificate​

  • can be completed in one year by nondegree or degree-seeking students, with flexible entry.

  • offers courses in an 8-week format, one night per week, at CU South Denver.

  • offers in-person teaching with the flexibility of an online component.

Approved courses in this certificate may also count toward related certificates offered by the Business School and Construction Engineering and Management​.

  • ARCH 6490 - Integrated Practice and BIM Technology
    BANA 6650 - Pro
    ject Management
    CVEN 5235 - Advanced Construction Engineeri
    CVEN - 5238 - Construc
    tion Leadership

​Download the ICML brochure. (pdf)​​​​​


CPM Certificate

The Construction Project Management (CPM) Certificate is a four-course certificate designed to build skills and teach critical management tools and techniques that enable individuals and teams to run projects within schedule, budget and quality requirements. This certificate focuses on the challenging and growing field of construction project management and is designed for working or aspiring professionals and graduate students interested in developing a level of expertise in construction project management.

The certificate starts with two required classes on project management that teach the fundamentals of the International Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge and provide a solid foundation for anyone involved in project or program management. The PMI program is based on rigorous standards and ongoing research to meet the real-world needs of organizations worldwide. The electives focus on various components of the PMI knowledge areas—project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, procurement and stakeholder management— from a construction engineering and management perspective.

You can earn graduate-level credit for each course successfully completed and earn the CPM certificate upon completion of the four courses and can take these courses as a non-degree student or by being enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver. Students must have a bachelor’s degree to take these classes. These courses can also be used to partially fulfill requirements for the Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management or other eligible graduate programs.

Required Courses:

A minimum of two elective courses from the following list: CVEN 5087 - ENGINEERING CONTRACTS


CVEN 5236 - Project Management Systems [REQUIRED] This course explores the fundamentals of the International Standard supported by the Project Management institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge. Using a range of case studies and project work, the course prepares students for PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification tests.

CVEN 5237 - Advanced Topics in Project Management [REQUIRED] This course builds on the International Standard in Project Management from PMI’s PMBOK and uses project experience and case studies to build experience and introduce advanced concepts in completing projects. Emphasis is put on sustainability in global projects to create healthy, environmentally sensitive communities. Partnerships with local and global partners add value.

CVEN 5087 - Engineering Contracts This course introduces the laws of contracts that are typically encountered by practicing engineers. Topics include the laws of contracts; contract statements, plans and specifications, general conditions of a contract, agency, partnerships, corporations, torts, real property, water rights, intellectual property and ethics. Course includes various case studies.

CVEN 5232 - Construction Planning and Control This course presents knowledge and techniques used in planning and controlling of construction projects, including basics of construction planning, bar chart, network scheduling, uncertainty in scheduling, limited resources scheduling, resource leveling, line of balance, time-cost tradeoff analysis, cash flow analysis, integrated time-cost control, and value engineering. Students will work on a semester-long project to apply the skills learned.

CVEN 5233 - Construction Cost Estimating This course presents the application of scientific principles to rough and detailed cost estimating; bid document preparation; quantity take off; concepts and statistical measurements of the factors involved in direct costs, overhead costs, cost markups and profits; and computerized estimating. Students will gain knowledge about quantity take offs and construction cost estimating through lectures, exercises, group activities, and guest speakers, and will complete an actual project cost estimate.

CVEN 5234 - Sustainable Construction This course serves as an introduction to major components and technologies used in sustainable design and construction to create healthy, environmentally sensitive built environments. Content focuses on construction processes, renewable energy systems, healthy buildings, natural and cultural resources, and traditional as well as cutting-edge building strategies.

CVEN 5235 - Advanced Construction Engineering This course includes a high-level overview of construction engineering management including organizations involved, current approaches and industry challenges. The course investigates construction accounting, estimating and managing earthwork, temporary construction and others.

CVEN 5238 - Construction Leadership This course is an integrated architecture, engineering and construction business course that brings together executives, principals and managers to discuss current industry topics and provides students an opportunity to apply management and leadership principles to case study projects. This course also serves as part of the Integrated Construction, Management and Leadership Certificate.​

CVEN 5800/IWKS 4930 - Construction, Business and Innovation This course provides an introduction to opportunities related to innovation, business and entrepreneurialism in professional building and construction engineering practice. Students will gain knowledge about effective creative skills and practices related to design and construction through active learning using state-of-the-art technologies.

​The Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) certificate is a first-of-its-kind program, providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics students with extracurricular training in cross-cultural communication and internships with tribal and government partners. The program is a collaboration between the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department of Integrative Biology and the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and is designed to equip graduates for employment as tribal liaisons. For complete details, including requirements and courses, visit the ESIL certificate website.