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2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Construction Engineering and Management, M.S.

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Contact Information

Mr. Keith Whitaker, PE CEM Program Coordinator
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 123
(605) 394-1694
E-mail: keith.whitaker@sdsmt.edu

Dr. Scott J. Kenner, P.E.
Head Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 122
(605) 394-2513
E-mail: Scott.Kenner@sdsmt.edu

Construction Engineering and Management

The Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management (MSCM) degree is designed to provide a program of advanced study for candidates anticipating a managerial career in the design and construction industry. In addition to an available parallel course delivery in a distance mode, flexibility is built into the program to provide an optimum educational experience for working students.

Background Requirements

The construction engineering and management coursework is geared towards the working construction professional.  Many students enter the program immediately after completing an appropriate undergraduate degree in the traditional disciplines of civil, electrical, mechanical, architectural, or industrial engineering. The successful applicant will have:

  1. A GPA of 3.00 or better is required of all applicants.
  2. Mathematics courses to include algebra, basic calculus, and statistics; and
  3. Six semester hours of natural and physical science typically completed as a general education requirement in the fields of geology, astronomy, biology, meteorology, chemistry, and physics to include at least 3 credit hours of chemistry or physics.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended for all applicants from non-ABET accredited institutions. The TOEFL exam is required for students whose native language is not English.

An accelerated Master of Science (B.S./M.S.) degree program is available for qualified seniors enrolled in engineering B.S. programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  The accelerated master’s degree program allows B.S. engineering students to take up to nine (9) graduate level credits to simultaneously meet undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements. The following restrictions apply  to the accelerated B.S./M.S. program:

  1. The courses must be taken at the 500/600 level as an undergraduate.
  2. Only courses taken at SDSM&T are eligible for dual credit. No transferred courses from other institutions will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.

Background courses required for admission are posted on the CEE webpage.


The 33 hour non-thesis MSCEM degree program is an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes 18 hours of construction engineering and management oriented courses and 15 hours of electives allowing a candidate’s program of study to reflect both individual interests and career goals.

The requirements for the MSCEM degree are as follows:

  1. A program of at least 33 credit hours of coursework, of which at least 18 credit hours must be CEM graduate coursework. 
  2. At least 18 credit hours of coursework at the 600 level or higher.
  3. No more than 3 credits may be CEM 691  or CEM 791 .
  4. Undergraduate courses (400 level and below) will not count toward graduation.
  5. Meeting or exceed prescribed academic standards.
  6. All rules and regulations of the graduate office, including elsewhere, apply to candidates for the degree of master of science in construction management.

CEM Courses available in person or in distance format

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