Construction Engineering Management (CEM) ME-CEE


Program Summary

Format: Online, On-site, Hybrid

Locations: Potsdam

Credit Hours:


Cost: Per Credit Hour

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The Masters of Engineering (ME) degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Construction Engineering Management (CEM) is available for students that have a BS in Civil Engineering or from another engineering discipline. The degree requirements are

  1. Total of 30 graduate credits
  2. Three Core CEM Courses (9 credits)
  3. Three Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) courses taken from our elective list (9 credits)
  4. Three Business Management Courses (9 credits)
  5. ME Project (3 credits).

The CEM track is designed for flexibility giving students the opportunity to choose courses that meets their needs and schedule. The CEM Program advisor is the Director of CEM (Erik Backus). The CEM project advisor will be selected through mutual agreement between the Director of CEM, the student, and project advisor. At the completion of the project work, the student will prepare a formal report and submit it to the project advisor. When the report is approved by the advisor, the project credits will be formally granted. Project credits can be taken in the summer.


Required Core CEM Courses (9 credits)

  • CE 506 Advanced Construction Engineering (even falls)
  • CE 510 Sustainable Infrastructure and Building (all falls)
  • CE 591 Special Topics in Construction Engineering Management (all springs)

CEE Electives (9 credits): three are required taken from the following list.

  • CE 512 Intro to Structural and Soil Dynamics (on demand)
  • CE 513 Elastic Waves and Non-Destructive Testing (even falls)
  • CE 515 Foundations, Stability, and Retaining Structures (every fall)
  • CE 516 Advanced Soil Mechanics (odd falls)
  • CE 519 Advanced Foundation Design (odd springs)
  • CE 520 Computational Methods of Structural Analysis (every spring)
  • CE 521 Analysis of Advanced Composite Structures (on demand)
  • CE 538 Introduction to Finite Element Method (every fall)
  • CE 549 Experimental Methods in Structures (every spring)
  • CE 553 Properties and Performance of Concrete Materials (every spring)
  • CE 555 Structural Damage: Assessment, Repair, and Strengthening (odd springs)
  • CE 622 Geo-Structural Design (even springs)
  • CE 631 Cement Chemistry (even springs)

Three Business Management Courses (9 credits)

Take three courses based on student’s interests and approval of the Director of CEM. They are selected from the MBA program that offers courses in the areas of Economics, Ethics, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Finance, Decision Analysis, Information Systems, and Marketing. For additional information, go to

Schedule of studies: Take two courses each term or choose the pace that fits your schedule. You have options to customize your degree with courses online, on-site or both through our Hybrid degree program. Through these options, students who wish to do so are able to complete the ME degree with a concentration in CEM in 2 years.

A typical program of study could involve students taking 2 courses per semester in both fall and spring semesters of each year, and a summer business course.

Students planning to complete their studies in 3 years could, for example, take 1 engineering course each fall and spring semester, a business course one semester and in each of two summers, and complete a 3 credit hour project during their final year of study.

Double Numbered Courses: The on line (distance) offerings include certain courses appropriate for both advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. These courses carry a senior level course number as well as a graduate level course number (e.g., CE 415/515 Foundations, Stability, and Retaining Structures). Students with credit for this course material in their undergraduate programs cannot also get graduate credit for the same topical material. However, it is important to be able to offer these courses to ME students who do not have this background.

Admission Requirements

All Professional ME students are admitted into the Masters of Civil and Environmental Engineering program.

  1. To apply on line, go to
  2. For more information on the Masters of Engineering program, see the Coulter School of Engineering Graduate Student handbook, which can be accessed from:
  3. For information on Clarkson’s Distance Learning Program, contact:
    Laura Perry
    Distance Learning Coordinator
  4. For information on the Construction Engineering Management program content, contact Erik Backus, 315-268-6522,

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the program contact:
Erik Backus
Director of Construction Engineering Management Program

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator

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