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College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver

Construction Engineering and Management Program

Master of Engineering degree

The interdisciplinary Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Colorado Denver prepares the next generation of construction engineers with the requisite set of skills to be effective leaders and managers within this ever-evolving industry.

The CU Denver Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program is the only cooperative, interdisciplinary CEM program in the state backed by industry and supported by accredited schools of architecture and business. 

Construction engineering and management concerns the design, planning and management of the construction, maintenance and disposal of structures, infrastructure, transportation systems, site work, and commercial, industrial, residential and environmental projects (for example: highways, bridges, airports, buildings, dams, reservoirs, light and high-speed rail systems, hospitals, laboratories, residential communities, utilities and environmental restoration projects). The program provides the necessary decision-making skills to support complex construction projects and subsequent management throughout their useful life.

Graduates of the program are prepared to engage in responsibilities of construction engineers and construction managers, including building and site design, as well as engineering, planning and leading construction schedules, construction quality assurance and control, construction cost estimating and project management.

The program's core focuses on construction planning and controls, cost estimating, and materials and methods. Elective CEM courses include sustianable construction, project management, BIM and others. Additional advanced engineering courses are available in transportation, structures, soils, sustainability and more. Faculty in the Business School provide expertise in leadership, managing for sustainability, entrepreneurship, legal and ethical business issues, data analysis, decision analysis, financial management and quality and process improvement. Faculty in the College of Architecture and Planning add expertise in design, green building technology, sustainable systems, construction documents and managing quality and risks.

Contact civil engineering department chair and CEM program director Kevin Rens, or 303-556-2871 for more information.

The Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) provides students with rigorous scientific knowledge, design business principles and the engineering tools necessary for lifelong careers in the ever-changing technical and managerial environment of the construction industry. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be prepared for entry and continued growth into  construction engineering/project management or related professional or academic fields, such as business, real estate development and other engineering disciplines. 

There are four required core courses for the CEM Master of Engineering degree: Construction Planning and Control, Construction Cost Estimating, Construction Materials and Methods, and the Master's Report. 

Students must take three additional program courses from those listed below, plus three courses selected--with the help of an advisor--from a diverse set of course options related to business engineering, entrepreneurialism, global interests, achitecture, and urban planning. A wide range of of focus study areas are available through support from graduate programs in engineering, architecture and urban planning, and business. Focus study areas may include, but are not limited to, sustianability in construction engineering, construction business management, or a variety of applicable engineering specialties such as transportation, structural design, geographic information systems (GIS), etc.


NOTE: Not all courses are offered each semester; courses are subject to change.

Construction Engineering and Management course offerings (PDF)

The Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program is a professional master’s degree program created in partnership with Denver’s construction and engineering community. The CEM Advisory Board includes industry leaders that have strong knowledge of industry work force needs and have reinforced the pressing need for a strong pipeline of engineers from CU Denver to become the industry’s future leaders.

Advisory board members

  • David Bennetts, Manager, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
  • Jeffrey Clevenger, Associate Vice President, AECOM
  • Carlos deMoraes, retired transportation engineer
  • Taryn Edwards, Senior Vice President, Saunders Construction
  • David Frazier, Vice President, Merrick & Company
  • Richard Hepworth, Vice President, Hepworth-Pawlak Geotechnical, Inc.
  • Jim Johnson, President, GE Johnson Construction Company
  • Jeff Kullman, Vice President, Transportation Division Manager, Atkins
  • Gary Meggison, Senior Vice President, RJM Construction
  • Keith Platte, retired project manager, SAIC Energy, Environment and Infrastructure

The Master of Engineering requires 30 credit hours of course work, which includes the four required CEM courses (12 credits) and three CEM electives (9 credits). All students must satisfactorily complete an oral defense of a master’s report to their program committee, which must include two or more graduate faculty members and one outside committee member.

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