Construction Engineering and Management Program

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 20 k / Year(s) Deadline: Sep 15, 2023
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:1535 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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​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.

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.​

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.​

CEM Required Core (4 courses)

CVEN 5231 - Construction Materials and Methods

CVEN 5232 - Construction Planning and Control

CVEN 5233 - Construction Cost Estimating

CVEN 5960 - Master’s Report or Academic Internship (3 units, requires advisor approval)


CEM Electives (3 courses required)

CVEN 5087 - Engineering Contracts

CVEN 5234 - Sustainable Construction

CVEN 5235 - Advanced Construction Engineering (Also offered at CU South Denver)

CVEN 5236 - Project Management Systems

CVEN 5237 - Advanced Project Management

CVEN 5238 - Integrated Construction Leadership (Offered at CU South Denver)

CVEN 5800 - Building Information Modeling (BIM)

CVEN 5800 - Construction Field Management

CVEN 5800 - Construction Safety

CVEN 5800 - Construction, Business and Innovation (In partnership with inWorks)

CVEN 5800 - Leadership and Ethics in Construction

CVEN 5800 - Site-Layout

All civil engineering graduate applicants must submit the following materials.

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee
  3. Statement of Purpose
    This may be included on your application form.
  4. Transcripts
    We require one official copy of each previous transcript. E-transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at​. 
  5. References
    We require three references (4th optional).
  6. Official GRE Scores

    Applicants must submit evidence of adequate preparation for graduate study by either (a) submitting official GRE scores, or (b) documenting an earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body, or an earned master’s degree with a GPA of 3.50 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body. 




Minimum TOEFL Score Accepted: 75 IBT / 537 PBT

TOEFL Subscores
Reading 15
Listening 15
Speaking 18
Writing 17


Minimum IELTS Score Accepted: 6.5

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if an applicant has graduated from the ESL Academy. Information regarding other considerations for exemption, including country of citizenship/origin, and special circumstances can be found here. Please note that some graduate level programs will require a higher score on the TOEFL/IELTS and applicants should consult the department for additional details

IELTS Subscores
Reading 5.5
Listening 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5



Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 51

TThe Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) is currently in a pilot review at the University of Colorado Denver. We will accept a 51 PTE Academic score with the following subscores:

PTE Academic Subscores
Reading 44
Listening 44
Speaking 49
Writing 47

At CU Denver, we firmly believe that each and every student should have an opportunity to realize their purpose – regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we have a top-notch Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, dedicated to providing our students with the aid they need.

CU Denver students receive over $30 million in scholarships and grant packages each year. On average, a full-time undergrad determined to have a financial need is awarded just under $7,000 (part-time undergrads received $4,000).

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