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Construction Engineering and Management MS

A flexible and affordable online master's program, so you can keep working while pursuing a degree. Designed in partnership with the construction industry, this degree blends technical skills needed by professionals with the management study you need to advance your career.

Students can enter the program at any one of the three semesters during the year, and choose core classes and electives to match their individual interests and career goals. Courses follow traditional weekly schedules but you can attend classes face-to-face, streamed live, or watch the recording when it works with your schedule. Classwork for all students is completed and submitted online.

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Core Topics

  • Construction contracts: social, economic, and legal aspects
  • Project management: project delivery, estimating, scheduling and control
  • Advanced construction management: lean construction, productivity and construction systems improvement
  • Construction company management or Leading and Managing Design Firms: financial management, strategic planning, business development, human resources management, information management, quality management, and risk management
  • Engineering and Construction Ethics: general ethical principles and specific topics as they apply to construction projects, societal and trade expectations, conflicting standards, and roles of governing agencies in ethics.


  • Construction Estimating
  • Construction Scheduling
  • Codes and Standards
  • Equipment Management
  • Managing Sustainable Projects
  • Construction Operations
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Safety management
  • Quality management
  • Business strategy
  • 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 shall 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 credit 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 South Dakota Mines.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates leave the program with the capacity to contribute to the (1) managerial, (2) technical, and (3) organizational aspect of construction project as viewed from the perspective of the owner, design professional, and constructor.

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The Construction Engineering and Management MS requires 30 credits. Cost for the distance program is $610.80 per credit hour, or approximately $21,000 for your masters degree. Other than the one time application fee of $35, there are currently no other costs except for books. South Dakota residents are eligible for a discount to $442.05 per credit hour. ( 2016/17 Graduate Tuition and Fees, may change in future years)

Offered through the South Dakota Mines Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
For more information, contact Heidi Wagner, Construction Management and Engineering Program Coordinator: (605) 394-2704 or Heidi.Wagner@sdsmt.edu.

For admissions questions, contact the Office of Graduate Education: (605) 355-3468 or email Graduate.Admissions@sdsmt.edu.

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*South Dakota Mines online engineering programs are ranked #1 in the nation in 2015 by bestmastersprograms.org and, #7 in the nation for 2016 in the Value Colleges ranking, and #7 in the nation for 2018 in collegechoice.net

How to Apply

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Construction Management Certificate

A Construction Management Certificate program (12-hour program) is available for professionals or students interested in preparing for upper-level management positions in construction.