Construction Engineering and Management Master of Science

The Construction Engineering and Management program culminates in a master of science in construction engineering and management (MSCEM) degree and is designed to provide programs of advanced study for candidates anticipating a managerial career in the construction industry.  Flexibility is built into the program to provide an optimal educational experience to working students.  Course delivery in a HyFlex blended delivery mode enables both online and face-to-face participation for local and distance professionals. Find out more about Distance Education at SDSM&T.

Program Overview

The School of Mines developed this flexible and affordable master's program so that you can continue to work while advancing your career and keeping your knowledge up-to-date in this rapidly changing field. The program offers you access to the School of Mines' top notch engineering faculty and first-class curricula. In addition, you will be part of a student cohort that includes working professionals from across the US.  This program reflects a collaborative effort between the construction industry and the university with the intention to meet a growing need in the construction industry for technical professionals with management and applied research skills. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes management-oriented courses and technical electives that allow the student's program of study to reflect individual interests and career goals.  The courses and sequence of the MSCEM program are designed so that students can enter the program at any one of the three semesters during the year.  Courses typically meet one evening per week and cover the core topics in construction engineering & management.

Core Topics

  • Construction contracts: social, economic, and legal aspects of contracts
  • Construction project management: estimating, scheduling, and project control
  • Advanced construction engineering & management: lean construction, productivity, and process improvement
  • Construction equipment management: equipment cost and productivity
  • Construction company management: financial management, strategic planning, business development, human resources management, information management, quality management, and risk management
  • Construction operations: safety, construction engineering and management
  • Sustainable construction: managing sustainable projects, LEED, sustainable infrastructure


  • Safety management
  • Quality management
  • Business strategy
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Innovation and commercialization
  • Engineering economics
  • Ergonomics
  • Engineering management and labor relations

Admission Requirements

All candidates for this degree must possess a bachelor‘s degree from a four-year accredited institution, in which satisfactory performance has been demonstrated. In addition to these requirements, the following minimum bachelor‘s-level credits must have been completed:

  1. Mathematics to include algebra, basic calculus, probability and statistics.
  2. Six semester hours of natural and physical science typically completed as a general education requirement in the fields of geology, astronomy, biology, meteorology, chemistry, and physics.  Must include at least 3 credit hours of chemistry or physics.

Note that individual elective courses may have additional prerequisite requirements that must be satisfied for enrollment.

A maximum of 12 semester hours of relevant credits from a regionally accredited institution may be transferred into the candidate‘s program.

Application materials will be evaluated by the admission committee composed of the program director and such other faculty as deemed appropriate for the review. Recommendations from this committee will be made to the Dean of Graduate Education at the School of Mines.

Program Requirements

Requirements for this non-thesis degree include:   
  • A minimum of 33 credits of which no more than 3 credits may be CEM/CEE 691 or 791.
  • A minimum of 18 credits of 600-level or above in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) courses must be completed.
  • A thesis, project paper, or final examination is not required; this is a course work only degree.
  • No undergraduate courses (400-level and below) will count toward graduation.
  • Any elective courses not shown on the list of approved courses must be preapproved by the program coordinator.  This may be accomplished by including the course on your program of study submitted during the first semester of study.
  • A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit may be transferred into the candidate‘s program from another regionally accredited institution.
  • Students admitted to the “accelerated” program may apply up to 9 credits of 500/600 level coursework taken as an undergraduate to degree requirements.

The probation policy outlined in this catalog applies to all credits taken. Additional information on courses and core requirements may be found in the course information section.  Program and graduate education requirements may be found in the university catalog ( 



revised 10/11/13 -- (Click on the course number for course Information)

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CM 5601     X     X
CEM 608 X     X    
CEM 610    X     X  
CEM 619     X     X2
CEM 665 X2     X2    
CEM 710   X     X2  
CEM 715 X2     X2    
CEM 788 X X X X X X
CP 697 X X X X X X

1SDSU Course
2Block scheduled course, typically 6-8 weeks in duration


How do I register for courses?
Students register for online courses through an online system called WebAdvisor.  Once you are admitted to the program you will be sent a separate email containing your WebAdvisor username, password, and initial instructions.  If you do not receive this within two weeks of your formal acceptance, contact Registrar/Enrollment Management Services directly (at (605) 394-2400 or  Contact your program coordinator only if you have difficulty obtaining this information from Enrollment Management.  Additional information and a link to WebAdvisor may be found at the WebAdvisor information site.

How do I find course materials or receive lectures and supplementary materials?
All CEM courses are accessed through the course management system, D2L. (  Course access typically commences the first day of each semester.

How do I contact my professors?
All SDSM&T faculty members have an assigned email and phone number.  Faculty will typically list their contact preference on their syllabus.  

How do I know if I am registered for an onsite or distance section?  
All CEM courses are listed as M840T.  The HyFlex delivery model enables both onsite and distance students to work together in a common virtual classroom.  Students need to be aware of the implications for tuition, VISA status and/or teaching assistantships when registering for an M840T section.

How do I complete course examinations?
Distance faculty members utilize a variety of testing processes to ensure that students are authorized to take the exam and that the exam process is conducted in the same manner as it is for onsite students.  Examination procedures include online exams and hard copy exams through the use of proctors.  The examination procedure may vary slightly from program to program; however, all faculty members provide instructions for the examination process on the course syllabus.
The Proctor Approval Process
Many SDSM&T distance course instructors require proctored exams.  In these cases, the student is responsible for securing an appropriate proctor.  You must contact and secure a suitable proctor through the proctor approval form (below). You are responsible for any costs involved.  Suitable proctors include:

  • Education testing services
  • Full-time faculty members of an accredited institution
  • Professional educators (superintendent or principal)
  • Human Resource professionals
  • Elementary or high school teachers NOTE: You may not request a fellow teacher for proctoring
  • Community librarians
  • Military Officers
  • Human Resource professionals
  • Other (only with program coordinator's permission)

Unsuitable proctors include co-workers, friends, family members, relatives, or neighbors.  Steps for aligning proctors and testing follow.

  1. Contact and secure a suitable proctor.
  2. Complete the proctor approval form and submit to the appropriate program coordinator for approval.
  3. The program coordinator will notify the appropriate faculty and staff of proctor information.
  4. Exams will be sent directly to the proctor, along with specific exam instructions, in accordance with the examination procedure outlined in the course syllabus.

In most cases, once approved, proctors may be used throughout the program of study. Students must submit a second proctor approval form if a change of proctor is desired or required.

Do I need to complete a Program of Study?
Yes, it is a requirement set forth by the University and is required for all graduate programs.  We recommend you file an initial program of study in the first week of the first class with the program coordinator.  We also recommend you send a final revised program of study before the semester in which you plan to graduate commences. Be sure to contact your program coordinator prior to completing the final program of study (POS).

Who is my major professor, advisor, or program coordinator?
In the CEM program, Dr. Amos currently serves as major professor, advisor, and program coordinator for all prospective and enrolled students.  

What other program requirements should I be aware of?   
Continuing registration – you must be registered for two credits in the semester in which you plan to graduate. Do not register for a project or thesis defense unless you are certain you can finish by the end of the semester.
Leave of absence – this goes with continuing registration.  If you need to take a semester off, you need to apply for a leave of absence. This is not an onerous task, but you must complete a form so that the graduate office can track continuing enrollment.
Communication – All communication to the graduate office should go through your faculty advisor before being sent to the graduate office.

The probation policy outlined in this catalog applies to all credits taken. Additional information on courses and core requirements may be found in the course information section.  Program and graduate education requirements may be found in the university catalog (