Construction Project Management (CPM)

Note: Any degree requirement stated below is applicable for 2017-2018 catalog year. Refer to catalog.gmu.edu for previous catalog year requirements.

Construction project management is the branch of civil engineering tasked with transforming engineering design into reality, whether that design is for a 40km long underwater tunnel crossing, a 500m high dam, a 300km long high-speed railway line, a 100-storey office building, or an offshore wind farm.  Construction engineers are the masters of the construction process, managing safe, cost-effective, and on-time project delivery.  Construction engineers may collaborate with designers to evaluate constructability, or they may be given latitude to design an entire facility to meet performance criteria.  And they are almost always responsible for design of associated temporary structures.  They bid for projects, then work to deadlines subject to cost controls, while dealing with the challenges of unanticipated site conditions.  They interact with owners, engineers, laborers, politicians, and financial institutions.

The construction project management concentration builds on undergraduate civil engineering education to prepare students for advanced construction engineering practice, or for further academic studies leading ultimately to the Ph.D.  Students with related undergraduate degrees, for example, in other branches of engineering or in the related physical sciences, may be admitted with a requirement to complete civil engineering undergraduate articulation courses before beginning coursework creditable toward the M.S.

Application for graduate studies begins by reviewing the graduate admissions requirements. Information on tuition and funding is provided here.

Students interested in a practice-oriented degree that integrates geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, and structural engineering into one degree program, are referred to the M.Eng. program.

Plan of Study

Students must develop a faculty-approved plan of study with a minimum of 30 credits of graduate work, including two general core courses (CEIE601 and CEIE605); at least three construction project management core courses; electives selected by the student with the approval of a faculty advisor; and a seminar requirement (CEIE795).

Students are responsible for developing and receiving faculty approval on a plan of study no later than the end of their second semester of study. Courses taken without prior approval by the faculty advisor may not be accepted for credit toward the degree. No more than three courses used for credit toward the M.S. may be cross-listed as undergraduate courses. None may repeat material completed as part of the student’s previous studies. Most M.S. courses are offered on a three semester rotation.

Construction project management students are required to take at least three of the following five CPM core courses.

  • CEIE 571 – Construction Administration Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 572 – Building Information Modeling Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 573 – Legal Aspects of the Construction Process Credits: 3
  • CEIE 575 – Design for Constructability Credits: 3
  • CEIE 576 – Construction Cost Estimating Credits: 3

The remaining elective credits depend on whether the student is pursuing research credits or not.  Students choose one of the following options:

  • Thesis: 6 credits of CEIE 799 and at least 9 credits of electives
  • Project: 3 credits of CEIE 798 and at least 12 credits of electives
  • All coursework: at least 15 credits of electives

A list of approved electives for the construction project management concentration is provided below. Note that the remaining construction project management core courses can also be selected as electives.

  • CEIE 524 – Introduction to Bridge Engineering Credits: 3
  • CEIE 525 – Structural Evaluation and Rehabilitation Credits: 3
  • CEIE 531 – Earth Retaining Structures and Slope Stability Credits: 3
  • CEIE 532 – Foundation Design Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 607 – Public Infrastructure Management and Finance Credits: 3
  • GBUS 510 – Engineering Marketing and Financial Analysis Credits: 3
  • CEIE 636 – Sources of Geotechnical Data Credits: 3
  • CEIE 679 – Special Topics in Construction Management Credits: 0-3
  • GGS 553 – Geographic Information System Credits: 3

Electives outside of the chosen concentration can only be taken or substituted with the approval of the faculty advisor.

(Courses marked with * are cross-listed as undergraduate courses. No more than three electives used for credit towards the M.S. may be cross-listed as undergraduate courses)