Graduate Certificate Programs

Project Engineering and Construction Management

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Program Description:
Although available to all interested students, the project engineering and construction management graduate certificate program was created to specifically meet the needs of visiting faculty/graduate students from Algeria as part of the collaborative program “Development of Engineering Management Curriculum and Distance-Learning Methodologies in Algeria: An Educational Partnership,” sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the North African Partnerships Program.

The objective of this collaborative program is to provide educational and technical assistance to Algeria in order for that country to develop new graduate programs in engineering management and construction engineering and modern teaching methodologies, including Internet and distance learning. The cooperative framework provides participants with engineering management skills and expertise to prepare them to be leaders at their home institutions.

This certificate program equips students with a set of tools that allows them to achieve international standards in the management area, to successfully manage projects and human resources, and to analyze, evaluate, and improve systems. Specifically, this program gives participants the ability to:

  • Identify operations problems and implement solutions for improved strategic competitiveness,
  • Make sound decisions, plan, and control the key resources (money and people) of an organization,
  • Critically analyze, evaluate, improve, or adapt existing technical and managerial systems, and
  • Design and develop new technical and managerial systems.

CIVIL ENGINEERING COURSES
Two of the following courses are required:

  • Civ Eng 5445: Construction Methods
  • Civ Eng 5449: Engineering and Construction Contract Specifications
  • Civ Eng 6442: Construction Administration, Planning and Control
  • Civ Eng 6445: Advanced Construction Engineering

ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT COURSES
Two of the following courses are required:

  • Eng Mgt 5110: Managerial Decision Making
  • Eng Mgt 5111: Management for Engineers and Scientists
  • Eng Mgt 5320: Project Management
  • Sys Eng 5101: System Engineering and Analysis I
  • Eng Mgt 6215: Financial Risk Management

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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Civ Eng 5445: Construction Methods
Introduction to construction planning, selection of equipment and familiarization with standard methods for horizontal and vertical construction. Application of network analysis and schedules to project control.

Civ Eng 5449: Engineering and Construction Contract Specifications¿
Legal and business aspects of contracts and contracting procedure in the construction industry to include contracts for engineering services and for construction. Analysis, study of precedents, and application of the more important provisions, including changes, differing site conditions, liability, arbitration, termination, disputes, appeal procedure, payments, insurance, inspection, liquidated damages, and technical provisions.

Civ Eng 6442: Construction Administration, Planning and Control
Study of construction project development and execution, ranging from preliminary engineering to project turnover. Key topics include bidding strategies, quality control, conceptual estimating, scheduling, progress and cost control, value engineering, safety, and construction productivity.

Civ Eng 6445: Advanced Construction Engineering¿
Study of the temporary structures and plant used in construction. Key topics include legal implications, codes and regulations, falsework, slipforming, bridge construction supports, and protection of adjacent facilities.

Eng Mgt 5110: Managerial Decision Making¿
Individual and group decision making processes and principles for engineers and technical managers with emphasis on the limitations of human rationality and the roles of social influence and organizational contexts; principles and skills of negotiation.

Eng Mgt 5111: Management for Engineers and Scientists¿
The transition of the engineer or scientist to manager; planning and organizing technical activities; theory, organizational systems and behavior; managing and motivating technical personnel, leadership, communication, processes, and customer focus.

Eng Mgt 5320: Project Management¿
Organization structure and staffing, motivation, authority and influence, conflict management, project planning, network systems, pricing, estimating, and cost control, proposal preparation, project information systems, international project management.

Sys Eng 5101: System Engineering and Analysis I¿
The concepts of systems engineering are introduced through a project. Students work in virtual teams. The topics covered are architecture development, basic system architectural design techniques, functional decomposition, design and technical review objectives, and initial specifications.

Eng Mgt 6215: Financial Risk Management
Techniques and methods for managing financial risk, including portfolio theory, Monte Carlo methods, ARIMA, time series forecasting, value-at-risk, stress testing, extreme value theory, GARCH and volatility estimation, random variables and probability distributions, real options, decision trees, utility theory, statistical decision techniques, and game theory. Prerequisite: Eng Mgt 1210 or 5210. (Co-listed with Sys Eng 6615).

Complete course descriptions are provided online in the graduate catalog.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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This program is designed to appeal to working professionals. Certificate courses taken for graduate credit can be counted in the M.S. degree once accepted into the M.S. degree. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of "B" or better in each of the courses taken, they can apply to the M.S. program in engineering management. The certificate program may be followed by six additional 3 credit courses to complete the M.S. degree. The certificate program is open to all persons holding a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in engineering or a physical science and who have a minimum of 12-months of professional employment experience or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the department.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015)

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Civil Engineering (MS)
Engineering Management (MS)
Environmental Engineering (MS)

 (Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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