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College of Engineering and Applied Science

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.