Masters Degree Program in Civil Engineering with an Emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management

Iowa State University’s 100% online Construction Engineering and Management Masters Degree provides a unique blend of technical and managerial education that will help you solve problems and compete in the ever-changing construction environment.  Iowa State’s Construction Engineering and Management program has been recognized by The Associated General Contractors of America; one of only five schools in the U.S. to receive such an honor and be promoted by the AGC.

The program focuses on three components that represent the three functional areas of construction engineering and management:

  • Management Techniques
  • Construction Operations
  • Construction Methods

Students may join the program at the beginning of any semester and may take graduate courses in any order at a pace that suits their needs.  Classes are delivered online by digital video streaming.  Students may choose the day, time and location to observe the class lectures allowing for maximum flexibility.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Construction Engineering and Management program are an undergraduate degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program and a GPA of 3.0.  Alternatively, applicants may enter the program by taking prerequisite courses.  These include most of the courses that would be found in a typical construction engineering degree or civil engineering degree with a construction emphasis.  Students can enter the graduate program while they are satisfying prerequisite requirements.  Admission requirements and prerequisites can be relaxed for construction professionals with engineering degrees and five or more years of experience.  Such modifications will be made on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee.

Application and admission procedures can be found on the CCEE department website and on the Graduate College website.  Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program.

Degree Requirements

Coursework Only Option

The Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Construction Engineering and Management is designed to assist all individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related areas pursue in-depth study in Construction Engineering and Management. The flexibility of the program allows students to either add depth to or broaden their skill sets, depending on their individual needs. Our Master of Engineering programs are based on coursework credits only (no thesis or creative component is required), and courses are offered via our online streaming media online education program.

The plan of study will require a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework.

  • Minimum of 18 credits inside the area of specialization.
  • Minimum of 6 credits of courses outside the area of specialization (must be approved for graduate or minor graduate credit by the host department, see ISU Bulletin for courses available for minor graduate credit).
  • Minimum of 20 credits of 500 level courses or above.
  • Maximum of one course at the 400 level within the department (see list of approved courses)

Creative Component Option

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering with specialization in Construction Engineering and Management has requirements that are similar to the Master of Engineering except for the following changes:

  • Minimum of 15 credits within the area of specializion
  • Project (described below) substitutes for two credits of elective classes.

The program culminates with a two credit project that may be arranged to develop a process improvement in cooperation with your employer or to research a topic that is of mutual interest with your employer.  Students may complete their degree in approximately two years by taking 6 credits each fall and spring semester and 3 credits each summer. Students can choose from courses in construction engineering and management areas, related engineering areas, and a variety of programs throughout the university such as industrial engineering, management, finance, marketing, accounting, architecture, computer science, and statistics.  Information on courses and degree requirements can be found on the CCEE department website.

Contact Information


Dawn Miller
305 Town Engineering

Engineering Online Learning
800-854-1675 or 515-294-7470