Graduate education in construction management

David Arditi*, Gul Polat

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Construction management has become a vital aspect of the construction process over the years. This paper reviews the Master's programs in construction engineering and management (CEM) offered by departments of civil engineering in the United States. The findings indicate that only 20% of the American educational institutions, which offer accredited civil engineering programs, offer Master's programs in CEM. Most of the Master's programs in CEM constitute an effort to convey information to students on mainly six categories, namely, contract administration, project management, scheduling, equipment management, construction technology, and CEM research. It seems that the Master's programs in CEM do not differ much from program to program in terms of content. When the trends in course offerings are compared in 1982, 1996, and 2008, there seems to be minimal change except for the number of courses in project management that went up significantly while the number of courses in cost estimating went down. The trends in the remaining courses have been stable. Even though contents and trends in CEM programs appear to be relatively stable, there seems to be some variability in the concentration of the course offerings. Some CEM programs concentrate on some of the categories at the expense of other categories. A close relationship and a sound dialogue between construction educators and the industry are likely to lead to Master's programs that are in sync with the expectations of the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-179
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • Civil engineering education
  • Construction management
  • Graduate programs


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