Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering and Management Master's Degree

Construction Engineering and Management

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Master's Degree
Total Credits
Fully Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Required

The MS Program in Construction Engineering & Management is designed to prepare its graduates to effectively deliver and manage the capital facilities and infrastructure that are critical to worldwide productivity. The curriculum builds upon a student's technical background to develop managerial and financial expertise through a mix of fundamental and advanced areas of study. The courses expose students to the activities and issues of planning, financing, procuring, constructing and managing the built environment.

The program is particularly attractive for architects and engineers without formal education in project leadership, management and finance who now find themselves confronting these challenges. Plus, the flexibility provided by distance learning allows a student to make progress toward the MS degree regardless of location. Thus, work commitments that require travel or temporary or permanent relocation will not affect a student's ability to start or complete the program. This is a tremendous advantage.

"I found that CVN works very well, even though I'm living and working overseas. For me, one of the most exciting experiences was the opportunity to work as part of a group consisting of two CVN students and one on-campus student. We were all able to successfully complete our project interactively, just as if I were studying on campus. This experience has proved that CVN can provide a high quality of education, just as if I were studying on campus. The Professors and TAs were very fast to respond to any of my questions and the CVN response was very good too. I have never felt disadvantaged while studying off campus, rather advantaged actually, as I need to travel a lot as part of my profession and CVN has enabled me to take classes wherever I go. I would not hesitate to recommend CVN to any prospective students."
Ikuya Izumi, Axa Rosenberg, Tokyo, Japan

Admissions Requirements

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess an undergraduate degree in civil engineering or a related field from an accredited academic institution. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission. 

GPA required: Minimum of 3.0 

GRE requirements: General test required (more information about the GRE can be accessed here). 

Other application requirements: 3 recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required.  If you have not earned a degree from an undergraduate or graduate institution in which the instructional language was English, you may be required to take the TOEFL/IELTS. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application. 

Breadth requirement: None 

Students must complete all core courses (described on the Courses tab) and selected electives for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. Up to 6 credit hours (points) of acceptable graduate-level academic work from an accredited academic institution earned prior to enrolling at Columbia may be transferred as elective credit, subject to advisor approval.

For answers to your most common admissions questions, please review our FAQ page here.


Core Courses:

The core courses provide a student with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of project & organizational leadership, project management & finance, contracting strategies & conditions and decision-making under uncertainty. The core courses contribute a minimum of 12 points of graduate credit toward the degree. Core credits in excess of 12 points may be applied as elective credits.

  • CIEN E4111: Uncertainty and Risk in Infrastructure Systems (3 credits)
  • CIEN E4129: Managing Engineering and Construction Processes (3 credits)
  • CIEN E4130: Design of Construction Systems (3 credits)
  • CIEN E4131: Principles of Construction Techniques (3 credits)
  • CIEN E4243: Foundation Engineering (3 credits)

The following core courses are also available on-campus, for students able to attend locally, and may substitute any of the above:

  • CIEN E4132: Prevention and Resolution of Construction Disputes (3 credits)
  • CIEN E4133: Capital Facility Planning & Financing (3 credits)
  • CIEN E4134: Construction Industry Law (3 credits)
  • CIEN E4135: Strategic Management in Design and Construction (3 credits)

Course List

Elective Courses:

A student must select elective courses from those listed below for a total of 18 points of graduate credit. At least 6 points (2 courses) must be from the list of Civil Engineering Electives. Students may select courses not listed with the approval of a program advisor. These courses allow the student to pick subjects from a variety of areas to complement the core program. A student may choose to receive additional technical knowledge by selecting civil engineering electives or to explore theories and concepts from the fields of industrial engineering and operations research & management. The concepts from these fields are at the root of trends within the construction industry toward lean engineering and construction - a paradigm that conceives a construction project as a temporary production system dedicated to the three goals of delivering the product while maximizing value and minimizing waste.

Civil Engineering Electives (Choose at least 2):

  • CIEE E4252: Environmental Engineering
  • CIEN E4021: Elastic and Plastic Analysis of Structures
  • CIEN E4022: Bridge Design and Management
  • ENME E4114: Mechanics of Fracture & Fatigue
  • ENME E4202: Advanced Mechanics
  • ENME E4332: Finite Element Analysis I
  • CIEN E4210: Forensic Structural Engineering
  • CIEN E4226: Advanced Design of Steel Structures
  • CIEN E4232: Advanced Design of Concrete Structures
  • CIEN E4241: Geotechnical Engineering Fundamentals
  • CIEN E4242: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • MECE E4314: Energy Dynamics of Green Buildings


Quantitative Methods Electives:

  • IEOR E4003: Corporate Finance for Engineers
  • IEOR E4004: Optimization Models and Methods
  • IEOR E4007: Optimization Models and Methods (FE)
  • IEOR E4106: Stochastic Models


Management Electives:

  • BUSI B6801: Operations Management (from Graduate School of Business)
  • IEME E4310: Technology & Strategic Issues in Manufacturing Enterprises
  • IEOR E4000: Operations Management
  • IEOR E4405: Scheduling
  • IEOR E4418: Transportation Analytics and Logistics

Tuition & Fees

2020 - 2021 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $2,196 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

Estimated cost of one nondegree course: $7,088 
Estimated total cost of certification (four online courses): $28,037

Estimated total cost of MS (ten online courses): $69,935
*Estimated total cost of DES (ten online courses plus a minimum of 12 research credits): $97,077

Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
For example: A three credit course would be $6,312 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,812

*Assumes DES student enrolls in two six-credit research courses.

For Drop/Withdrawal fees and dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current term.

Please note: CVN no longer offers courses for audit.


Payment should be mailed to:

Columbia University
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P.O. Box 1385
New York, NY 10008-1385

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