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Construction Engineering & Management MS

  • Small Class Sizes Where Professors Get to Know Their Students
  • A Degree from a STEM School, Consistently in Top Tier for Students’ Return on Investment
  • 30 Credits to Graduate
  • Flexible Curriculum Where You Choose Courses Fitting Your Goals
  • Tuition $475/credit for SD Residents or $650/credit for Out of State Distance courses
  • No GRE Required

Program Overview

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 for working students. Course delivery enables both online and face-to-face participation for local and distance professionals.

The Master of Science degree in Construction Engineering & Management (MSCEM) is a flexible, user friendly, and affordable online master’s program that allows participants to maintain employment while advancing their knowledge and skills. Program coursework is designed with industry input and provides students with essential technical and management skills required by professionals in the industry today.

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. You can take classes face-to-face, streamed live, or watch the recorded class when it works with your schedule.


South Dakota Mines is accredited by the regional Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  


The Construction Engineering and Management MS requires 30 credits. Click here for current costs. 

Admission Requirements

  • Completed graduate application form
  • $35 application fee
  • Official transcript of prior academic work, sent directly to South Dakota Mines by the issuing institution, showing the undergraduate degree awarded
  • 1 page statement of purpose, describing your goals in the program
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Additional requirements exist for international students, including a third-party foreign transcript evaluation and evidence of English proficiency

Certificate and simplified master’s admissions

Students may enroll as a non-degree seeking student* to complete the 12 credit CEM certificate. A short application and an unofficial copy of the BS transcript are required to enroll; there is no application fee. The CEM certificate will be awarded upon completion of the credits and submission of an official BS transcript. Students who complete the certificate with a GPA ≥ 3.0 are eligible for entry into the online CEM master's program. Credits earned n the certificate may be applied to the master's degree.

*Non degree seeking students typically do not qualify for financial aid or scholarships prior to entering the master’s program.

Construction Engineering & Management Program Requirements

The requirements for the Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management are as follows:

  • A minimum of 30 credits, of which a minimum of 18 credits must be 600-level, or above, courses in Construction Engineering & Management (CEM).
  • A thesis or final examination is not required. A project report is optional.
  • A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution.
  • For South Dakota Mines undergraduate students only: Students admitted to the “accelerated” MS program may apply up to 9 credits of Mines 500/600 level coursework taken as an undergraduate to their master’s degree requirements.

Fall Courses

CEM 608 Construction Contracts
CEM 614 Scheduling
CEM 665 Construction Equipment Management
CEM 615 Legal/Ethical Issues in the Constructed Environment

Spring Courses

CEM 612: Construction Cost Estimating
CEM 606 Managing Sustainable Projects
CEM 630 Performance Management & Leadership
CEM 675 Construction Equipment Operations

Summer Courses (alternate each summer)

CEM 616 Codes & Standards
CEM 619 Construction Company Management

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Offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

For admissions questions, contact the Office of Graduate Education:  (605) 355-3468 or email

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Recognized in the Top Ten Nationally

College Choice ranked the Construction Engineering Management degree #7 in the nation. South Dakota Mines online engineering programs were ranked #1 in 2015 by bestmastersprograms.organd #7 for 2016 in the Value Colleges ranking.

Contact Us

Graduate Education Office
South Dakota Mines
Attention: Graduate Education 
501 East St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

(605) 355-3468
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