Scope and Objectives

Construction engineering management (CEM) is the application of scientific and technical knowledge to the processes used to construct infrastructure projects. Graduate studies in CEM at OSU emphasize construction engineering and management concepts and techniques and their broader application to the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry. 

The instructional program is highly interdisciplinary and aims at developing strong abilities to conduct construction engineering and management work involving basic concepts and principles, technical analysis, planning, design, and management, and the development of knowledge that positively impacts the AEC industry. The program provides students with skills in planning, designing, and implementing construction processes and systems. The course offerings provide a broad awareness of construction concepts and an understanding of scientific and technical knowledge to address construction problems.

Program of Study

The Construction graduate program at OSU provides several ways to improve your knowledge of construction engineering and management. Graduate degrees with concentrations in construction include: Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Each degree is designed with slightly different goals, while maintaining the flexibility to enjoy many of the classes available to all of the programs. The links below will guide you to more information about each degree option.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MS) - Designed for those interested in furthering their technical education and advancing the science of construction engineering and management.

Master of Engineering (MEng) - Designed for those interested in a professional graduate experience leading to in-depth knowledge in the field of construction engineering and management.

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD) - Designed for those interested in studying and advancing the science of construction engineering and management, and careers in construction research and teaching.

There is no "typical" situation for any prospective student - especially true for advanced, graduate students who may have significant education and experience, and who may be looking to improve in specific ways. Students should consult with faculty to select the appropriate degree and develop a program of study that fits their academic and professional goals. More information is also provided through the future graduate students web pages.

Research

CEM research focuses on a wide variety of topics. The following are examples of some of the topics currrently researched: 

  • Alternative contracting techniques
  • Risk management
  • Construction safety
  • Sustainability
  • Construction materials
  • Enterprise management
  • Lean construction
  • Work zone safety
  • Temporary structures

Facilities

Construction utilizes the facilities available to all graduate students within the School of Civil and Construction Engineering.

Supporting Programs

Transportation Engineering, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Simulation, Mathematics and Statistics, Business Administration and Logistics, Geotechnical Engineering, Surveying, Forest Engineering, Forestry and Resource Management, Economics and Resource Economics, and Regional Science and Geography.

Visit the departmental graduate admissions page for more information.

Financial support is available in the form of teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships. A limited number of fellowships is available in the College of Engineering. Approximately half of our students are supported through these assistantships or fellowships. The remainder may be supported by their employer, by government or military programs, internships, or self-supported.