Graduate Certificate in Project Engineering and Construction Management

Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

This program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of Project Engineering and Construction Management. The certificate program also aims to equip students with a set of tools that will allow them to achieve international standards in the management area, to successfully manage projects and human resources, and to analyze, evaluate, and improve systems. Specifically, this program will give the participants the ability to:

  • identify operations problems and implement solutions for improved strategic competitiveness,
  • make sound decisions, plan, and control the key resources of an organization-money and people,
  • critically analyze, evaluate, improve. or adapt existing technical and managerial systems, and
  • design and develop new technical and managerial systems.

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Admission Requirements

This certificate program is open to all individuals who holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of post-BS professional employment experience. Once admitted to the program, you must take four designated courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, you must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.

Students are admitted to the certificate program will have non-matriculated status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the sponsoring MS program of the degree program admisitering the certificate if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will count toward their master’s degree. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the course in the certificate program will be allowed to take “bridge” courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

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Choose two courses from the following four:

  • CIV ENG 5445: Construction Methods
  • CIV ENG 5449: Engineering Construction Contract Specifications
  • CIV ENG 6442: Construction Administration, Planning and Control
  • CIV ENG 6445: Advanced Construction Engineering

Choose two courses from the following six:

  • ENG MGT 5210: Economic Decision Analysis
  • ENG MGT 5111: Management for Engineers
  • ENG MGT 5320: Project Management
  • ENG MGT 362: Case Studies in Project Management
  • ENG MGT 368: System Engineering and Analysis I
  • ENG MGT 6323: Global Project Management

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Course Descriptions:

 Course descriptions can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Civil Engineering (MS) 
Engineering Management (MS)

 (Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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