MSCE Construction Engineering and Management

About

  • 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.

Prerequisites

  • 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.
Program Requirements – Fall 2019 and later

Students who started this program fall 2019 or later:

  • Complete a minimum of 28 units according to the required and elective courses below.
  • No thesis required.
  • Up to four transfer graduate units may be accepted from an accredited institution with the Department’s approval
Program Requirements – Prior to Fall 2019

Students who started this program prior to fall 2019:

  • Complete a minimum of 27 units according to the required and elective courses below.
  • No thesis required.
  • Up to four transfer graduate units may be accepted from an accredited institution with the Department’s approval

Regardless of when you began the program: a minimum of two-thirds of your coursework must be a 500-level or higher.  Learn more.

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


Required Courses (12 Units*)

CE 501: Functions of the Constructor (3 units)
CE 502: Construction Accounting and Finance (3 units)
CE 569*: Project Controls (3 units)

 *Important Information about  CE 569, CE 556 and CE 566
 Students who started prior to fall 2019

Effective Fall 2019 CE 556 and 566 are no longer offered. CE 569 is replaces these two courses.

  • You need to take CE 569 if you have not completed CE 566.
  • You do not need to take CE 569 if you completed CE 566.

Contact Christine Hsieh (christih@usc.edu) if the instructions above result in you being short on the required units to graduate

Elective Courses (varies*)

Beyond the required coursework, students will, after consultation with an advisor, select from the following electives to reach a minimum units required to complete the degree.

*Students who started fall 2019 or later need to take a minimum of 16 elective units.
*Students who start prior to fall 2019 need to take a minimum of 15 elective units.

A minimum of two-thirds of your coursework must be a 500-level or higher.  Learn more.

CE 402:Computer Methods in Engineering (2 units)
CE 412:
Contracts and Specifications (2 units)
CE 462:
Construction Methods and Equipment (3 units)
CE 469:
Sustainable Design & Construction (2 units)
CE 470: 
Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice (3 units)
CE 526: Engineering Mathematical Methods (3 units)
CE 558: International Construction and Engineering (3 units)
CSCI 455x: Introduction to Programming Systems Design (4 units)
MATH 501: Numerical Analysis and Computation (4 units)

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.