Innovative and responsive. These words accurately describe Clarkson University, a private, national university based in the state of New York.
When making decisions, they rely on data to make the best move for their current and future students. The new Master of Science in Construction Engineering Management (MSCEM) exemplifies this.
Data from the US Census Bureau show that the total annual value of construction is approximately US$900 billion – making this a sector of the nation’s economy that will be supercharged by multi-trillion dollar investments in infrastructure in the coming years. By 2026, there will be an 11.1% increase in demand for construction engineering managers.
The MSCEM was created to cater to this demand. “We couldn’t be launching this program at a more apt time,” says Erik C. Backus, Professor and Director of the Construction Engineering Management Program.
“Our corporate partners are looking for some of the best talent to meet the critical AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) needs, especially in the construction engineering and management field. They need a program that can enable their current employees and future talent to get an advanced degree in-stride with working at the same time. This flexible, but very robust professional master’s program, offers just that.”
It starts with a strong curriculum. Through four core courses, aspiring engineers will build their fundamentals to meet the critical AEC needs described by Backus. Think of modules that focus on advanced and sustainable construction. On top of this, students can choose from electives related to management and technical construction, such as Enterprise Sustainability, Strategic Project Management, as well as Project Controls and Lean Methods in Construction.
To augment their studies with real-world experience, industry partners and faculty members collaborate in nurturing and inspiring students to become engineers through a capstone project. Upon completion, students become engineers capable of tackling complex organizational and leadership issues in a technical environment.
Hear it from partners like Peter J. Davoren. “We are deepening our relationship with Clarkson University to better prepare students to go into construction management or engineering. We think this is one of the most important things we do,” says the CEO of Turner Construction Company, a top Engineering News-Record ranked construction company.
The best part? This program is suitable for all kinds of students. This program is available fully online, with optional residency/experiential weekends. Students can choose a course load that allows them to balance work, family and school – allowing you to access quality education in construction engineering from anywhere with a stable Internet connection: the perfect option for working professionals.
Those who wish to pursue additional qualifications are free to do so during the program. Specific courses provide accreditations like the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and/or an Envision Sustainable Professional. As an educational provider in civil engineering in New York State, Clarkson also awards PDH (Professional Development Hour) credit, which can be accumulated to be used for accreditation, maintain credentials, or licensure.
That’s not all. As you progress, the program evolves. Group courses can lead to an award of a professional certificate. With a tailored project, completing coursework can lead to a master’s degree.
If you are looking for a different pathway into Construction Engineering Management (CEM), consider the MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialty track in CEM. Designed with flexibility in mind, you can mix and match your courses to meet your needs and schedule. Pick from modules that tackle business management along with civil and environmental engineering.
It’s little wonder why Clarkson’s existing CEM program has already won national awards and ranked among the top in the construction field. On sites like the US News and World Report or Online Course Report, and you’ll see many of the university’s accolades.