MSCE Construction Engineering and Management


  • The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) Construction Engineering and Management, is one of the largest construction management programs in the United States. It prepares students from 16 different countries to enter the world of globalization.

    Construction Management is a set of complex, professional activities which require a special knowledge of the technical, economic and policy environment, and encompass elements of construction technology, real estate development, building science, law, architecture, urban and regional planning, public policy, and project management.

    The total annual value of construction in the United States is approximately $900 billion (8% of the US Gross National Product), making the construction industry one of the most important industrial sectors of the US economy.

  • This degree offers the student a myriad of opportunities and exposure in the construction industry.

    • Graduates enter into areas of construction management, engineering development and planning, consulting, and the pursuit of higher degree.
    • Graduates have a variety of employment opportunities, including working for general contractors, real estate developers, sub contractors, construction management firms and architectural engineering firms.
    • Graduates also have the opportunity to seek employment with prominent global architectural, engineering, and construction firms. Parsons, Fluor Daniel, and Jacob’s Engineering, are all headquartered in Los Angeles.

Program Requirements


  • A minimum of 27 units of course work beyond the Bachelor’s degree.
  • No thesis.
  • Up to three transfer graduate units may be accepted from an accredited institution with the Department’s approval

For detailed course information, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics.
  • Students with a degree in Mathematics or Physics are required to take additional engineering courses.
  • Satisfactory GPA and GRE/GMAT scores.
  • Satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students.
Required Courses (18 units)

CE 501: Functions of the Constructor
CE 502: Construction Accounting and Finance
CE 556: Project Controls-Budgeting and Estimating
CE 566: Project Controls-Planning and Scheduling

One of the following two courses:
CE 506: Heavy Construction Estimating
CE 557: Advanced Building Estimating

One of the following three courses:
CE 462: Construction Methods and Equipment
CE 469: Sustainability
CE 470: Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice

Elective Courses (9 units*)

*Selected after consultation with an advisor

CE 402: Computer Methods in Engineering
CE 412: Contracts and Specifications
CE 526: Engineering Mathematical Methods
CE 558: International Construction and Engineering
CSCI 455x: Introduction to Programming Systems Design
MATH 501: Numerical Analysis and Computation

Seasonal Offerings
ISE 530: Introduction to Operations Research
CE 525b: Engineering Analysis
CE 554: Risk & Reliability Analysis for Civil Infrastructure Systems

Any other electives from Civil Engineering; other Engineering disciplines; the School of Architecture, School of Policy, Planning and Development; the Gould School of Law; or the Marshall School of Business, must have an advisor’s approval.