The entire environment of homes, buildings, roads, freeways, bridges, and much more result from the delivery of construction projects. It is the responsibility of the construction engineer and construction manager to deliver these projects in a manner that maximizes value – a quality product at a fair price, safely constructed in a timely fashion. This final step in the development of our infrastructure – construction – is one of the most visible products in all of engineering.

Our construction engineering and management programs prepare both graduate and undergraduate students the tools they need to become construction engineers and managers.

Our award-winning faculty members research projects in construction safety, project strategic management, e-business construction solutions, constructability of the design, the design-construction interrelationship, life cycle properties of constructed facilities, estimating and cost control; planning and scheduling; construction labor productivity; asphalt materials, alternative methods for project delivery, and construction computer applications.

The program began during the 1966-67 school year within the College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering. Members of the Education Committee of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors were instrumental in establishing construction education at OSU by providing partial funding, organizing site visits, furnishing guest lecturers, and offering quality advice. The School of Civil and Construction Engineering continues to offer our unique Construction Engineering Management program, which blends principles of basic science, engineering, and technology with a strong component of business coursework to prepare graduates for a productive career in the construction industry. More information is provided in the CEM Undergraduate Advising Guide and Curriculum Materials.

The program is accredited  by American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) and emphasizes practical applications as well as basic principles. Students are given many hands-on experiences in the laboratory and are involved in numerous field trips to supplement classroom activities. CEM graduates find employment in all phases of construction: commercial and industrial building, heavy/highway, structures, utilities, and civil projects. They are employed by general constructors, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, homebuilders, consultants, and governmental agencies. They work as project engineers, project managers, field and office engineers, estimators, as well as in other positions. 

OSU CEM students as a group rank high nationally in the total number of AGC National Scholarships received since the inception of the scholarship program in 1970. A variety of additional scholarships are available to CEM students.

Admission Requirements

CEM Outcomes

Graduation Placement Data

Academic Quality Plan

Student Achievements

Annual Assessment Reports and Action Plan:

Graphics of Assessments - Trends over Time