Graduate Certificate Programs

Project Engineering and Construction Management

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

Program Description:
This program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of Project Engineering and Construction Management. The certificate program also aims to equip students with a set of tools that will allow 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 will give the 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.

Choose two courses from the following:

  • 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

Choose two courses from the following:

  • ENG MGT 5210: Economic Decision Analysis
  • ENG MGT 5111: Management for Engineers and Scientists
  • ENG MGT 5320: Project Management
  • ENG MGT 6322: Case Studies in Project Management
  • ENG MGT 6323: Global Project Management
  • SYS ENG 5101: System Engineering and Analysis 

Please check the  Schedule of Classes for a current list of available distance courses.

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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 5210: Economic Decision Analysis 
Comprehensive treatment of engineering economy including effects of taxation and inflation; sensitivity analysis; decisions with risk and uncertainty; decision trees and expected value, normally includes solutions on personal computer and student problem report. Prerequisite: Graduate students without previous course in engineering economy because of partial overlap.

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. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

ENG MGT 6322: Case Studies in Project Management
Includes the main components of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Body of Knowledge; case studies in project management including project implementation, organizational structures, project estimating, project scheduling, project risk management, and conflict management. Prerequisite: ENG MGT 5320 or equivalent.

ENG MGT 6323: Global Project Management
In depth and advanced topics in project management including project management methodologies, strategic planning for excellence, project portfolio management, integrated processes, culture, and behavioral excellence; normally includes a hands-on group project. Prerequisite: Eng Mgt 5320 or equivalent.

SYS ENG 5101: System Engineering and Analysis 
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. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.


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 certificate program is designed to appeal to working professionals. It 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. 

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-matriculated status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the master's degree program of the department administering the certificate, without having to take the GRE; however, students must still apply for entry into the master's degree program. Certificate courses taken for graduate credit may count toward the student's master’s degree. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take “bridge” courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

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

Click here for more information on admissions.

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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 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)

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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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