Construction Engineering (MSE)

The Construction Engineering graduate program is a multidisciplinary program encompassing the areas of geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and construction engineering and management-related topics. The degree focuses on a combination of design and management topics preparing the student for a career working at the interface of design and construction; it is especially desirable to those students who are interested in a career emphasizing construction of infrastructure.

The program is designed for students who are interested in continuing their education in engineering with a focus on construction. The MSE Construction Engineering degree will also help graduates meet new licensure and professional practice requirements such as those recommended by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the professional society for all civil engineers, which is strongly pushing for a master’s degree as the minimum degree required for all practicing civil engineers.


Construction engineering focuses on planning, design and management for the construction of infrastructure projects such as highways, bridges, pipelines, airports, railroads, industrial plants, buildings, dams and reservoirs. The construction engineering degree prepares students intending to gain a professional engineer license, while working at the interface of design activities and field construction.

ASU’s degree program is the third in the Southwestern U.S. and one of about 20 worldwide.

As a construction engineering graduate, you will be prepared to begin as a field engineer, project engineer, or project designer working for facility owners, design firms, construction companies, specialty subcontractors, or material suppliers. As your career progresses, you should be able to take on leadership roles in the delivery of sustainable facilities in the built environment and then progress through successively higher levels of management responsibility.


We are rewriting the way educational programs incorporate sustainable engineering planning, design and construction processes. Our unique blend of civil and environmental, construction engineering and construction management programs—coupled with a focus on sustainable engineering—enables us to train students who can impact the entire lifecycle of the built environment, from planning to design to construction.

Pursuing an advanced degree with us, you can:

  • analyze complex urban systems that involve quantification of risk and uncertainty in engineering design and construction
  • develop green technologies from novel materials, biotechnological approaches to carbon and nitrogen cycle management and design for disassembly of urban infrastructure
  • apply sustainable practices in all areas of urban infrastructure through partnerships with industry and municipal governments—water resources and treatment, geotechnical management, transportation materials and analysis of transportation systems, novel composite materials, green building techniques, building information modeling and computational approaches to design.

Additional Requirements

If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil or construction engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant’s background. Students must earn a grade of B or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, physics, and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 Engineering Mechanics: Statics or equivalent
  • CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics or equivalent
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent
  • CEE 321 Structural Analysis & Design or equivalent
  • CEE 351 Geotechnical Engineering or equivalent
  • CEE 353 Civil Engineering Materials or equivalent

Please see Construction Engineering program manual for more information.

Graduate degrees

Finish two degrees faster by combining advanced undergraduate and graduate coursework during your senior year as part of the Accelerated Master’s program.

Graduate Applications

Priority applications dates for our PhD programs: July 1 for spring semester admission
January 1 for fall semester admission

Master’s degree applicants must apply by
March 1 for fall semester
October 1 for spring semester

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Online Applications

Online applications are made through ASU’s Graduate College and not directly to the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

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Degrees offered

Construction Engineering, MS

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


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Application requirements

While each of ASU’s graduate programs has unique admission standards, ASU has set minimum standards for admission to master’s, certificate and doctoral programs.

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Professional licensure

ASU programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification are intended to prepare students for potential licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in another state. For more information, students should visit the ASU professional licensure webpage.