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M.Eng. CEM Application Materials and Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are required as part of my M.Eng. application?

Application materials for the M.Eng. in CE&M consist of the following:

  • Completed online application form (see website below)
  • Application fee (a check or money order made payable to University of Michigan or completed credit card information)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation.
  • Transcripts (Marksheets) from all colleges and universities attended
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. (The GRE is recommended for the M.Eng. but not required.)
  • International Students only:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) scores (international students only).
    • International students who are accepted for admission must submit certification of finances. You may submit those documents with your application package or at a later date, when requested to do so.

For more complete instructions, please visit the Application Completion Website. For more information on departmental admission requirements and processes, please visit this link.

Where can I find the M.Eng. application materials?

All application instructions and forms can be found at the following website:

https://www.applyweb.com/apply/umengin/

What is the difference between the M.Eng. and M.S.E. programs in CE&M?

The M.Eng. program is designed for students who want to pursue a coursework only option (26 credits), and are generally intent on pursuing a professional career in the construction industry upon completion of their Master's program. With proper planning, the M.Eng. program can be completed within 8 months (Fall and Winter terms). The M.Eng. program emphasizes construction professional practice, and students are NOT required to conduct research or produce a thesis. M.Eng. students are required to take the course CEE 530 titled Construction Professional Practice.

The M.S.E. program is designed for students who want to conduct research as part of their graduate program, and are generally intent on either pursuing a professional career in the construction industry or continuing in the Ph.D. program to pursue a research career after completing their Master's program. Most students require three full semesters to complete the M.S.E. degree program (Fall, Winter, Fall). M.S.E students are required to do at least 3 credits worth of research (CEE 630) as part of their graduate program of study. The research is conducted under the supervision of a TCMP faculty member. M.S.E. students are not required (but encouraged) to take CEE 530.

The instructions say that GRE scores are recommended but not required for M.Eng. applicants? What does this mean?

GRE scores are one of several parameters that are considered in the application evaluation process. Other parameters include the student's academic record (grades), letters of recommendation, motivation towards a graduate degree, and prior work or research experience. Admission decisions are made by considering the total package described by these parameters. If a student is strong on all other parameters, then GRE scores are typically redundant in the evaluation process and are overlooked. On the other hand, if the rest of a student's application package does not present a convincing case for admission, then any submitted GRE scores help make the package stronger (assuming the GRE scores themselves are strong). Generally speaking, GRE scores are expected from most international applicants.

GRE-Q and GRE-A (writing) scores are more relevant than GRE-V in the admissions process. Generally speaking, near perfect GRE-Q scores (700 out of 800 at the very least) are expected for admission to the graduate program. In addition, above average GRE-A scores are expected (3.0 out of 6.0 at the very least) from each admitted applicant. 

How long does it take to complete the M.Eng. program? Can I finish the program in one year?

The 26 credit M.Eng. program is designed to be completed within 8 months (Fall and Winter terms). When students arrive on campus, they consult with their academic advisor to create a plan of study taking their desired finish date into consideration.

I am interested in the dual-degree program with Architecture or Business or another field of study. How do I apply?

For any dual-degree program, the first step a student must accomplish is get admitted to both the degree programs independently. For example, a M.Eng./M.Arch. dual-degree applicant must be admitted independently to both the M.Eng. program and the M.Arch. program. This website only provides information on admission to the M.Eng. or M.S.E. program in CE&M. For information on admission requirements to the second program a student desires to pursue as a dual-degree (architecture, business, etc.), please visit the websites of those programs and pursue admission separately. Once a student is admitted to both the desired programs, a joint dual-degree plan of study will be created after the student arrives on campus and meets with their program advisor. At that time, the courses that can be double-counted across both programs will also be selected and marked on the student's plan of study.

For more information on the M Arch program and how it can be combined with an engineering dual degree, please visit this link.

For more information on the MBA program and how it can be combined with an engineering dual degree, please visit this link.

My background is not in Construction, Civil Engineering, or any other form of Engineering. Am I still eligible for admission?

Generally speaking, yes, you are eligible to be considered for admission. However, some background in college-level physics and college-level mathematics is required. These courses can be taken at any college including your undergraduate institution prior to your application. In addition, if you are admitted, and your background is not in Civil Engineering, than you may be asked to take some additional background courses after you arrive on campus here. These additional courses will not count towards the graduate degree.

What form of financial support is available for M.Eng. student applicants?

Scholarships are available for outstanding Master's applicants. Scholarships are awarded based on the evaluation of application materials. No additional paperwork is required. If a student is selected for a Scholarship at the time of admission, then this information will be part of the admission letter or will be provided around that time in a separate letter. 

In addition to Scholarships, there are a limited number of Graduate Student Instructor (Teaching Assistant) positions available. In order to be eligible for these, a student must first have taken the relevant courses and excelled in them as students themselves. Research Assistantships are also available. Eligibility for these depends on a student's research skills and a match with an ongoing research project within the program. More information on ongoing research can be found by navigating to the Research Page on this website. Research Assistantships are offered by individual research faculty depending on the available projects in their group and a match of the student's skills to the project's needs. A student can contact individual faculty directly to inquire about any available positions. 

Is there any difference in my job prospects if I choose M.Eng. instead of M.S.E. or M.S.E. instead of M.Eng.?

As far as job prospects are concerned, there is absolutely no difference between the M.Eng. and the M.S.E. degree programs. Both degree programs are held in high regard by the construction industry and other employers where our alumni have been employed. In terms of preparation for a professional career in the construction industry, both degree programs train the students adequately and are equally attractive to prospective employers. The only differences that exist between the M.Eng. and M.S.E. program have been described in response to another question on this page above.

I have already been admitted to the M.Eng. program but would like to defer/postpone my arrival and program start date. Is that possible?

You may defer your admission for up to one year under the following circumstances: medical emergency, family emergency, delay or denial of a visa, or a natural disaster (earthquake or hurricane). If your circumstances meet these criteria, please prepare a request to defer admission along with an explanation for the request and send it to the CEE department at gradservices@umich.edu. You may request admission deferral after your admission has been finalized by the College of Engineering. 

As a M.Eng. student, can I be involved in construction research?

Yes. All Master's students including M.Eng. candidates are encouraged to participate in graduate research. Students can take the course CEE 630 under the supervision of a TCMP faculty member and pursue research in an area of mutual interest. Please contact individual faculty to discuss your research interests and set up a CEE 630 course if you are interested. Please note that such a course will NOT count as part of the minimum 26 credits that are needed to obtain the M.Eng. 

 

M.S.E. CEM Application Materials and Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are required as part of my M.S.E. application?

Application materials required for M.S.E. applications consist of the following:

  • Completed application form (see website below)
  • Application fee
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (Marksheets) from college or university that has awarded or will award degree
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • International Students only:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) scores (international students only).

For more information on departmental admission requirements and processes, please visit this link.

Where can I find the M.S.E. application materials?

Web applications, application forms, and other materials are available for M.S.E. admission from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

What is the difference between the M.S.E. and M.Eng. programs in CE&M?

The M.Eng. program is designed for students who want to pursue a coursework only option (26 credits), and are generally intent on pursuing a professional career in the construction industry upon completion of their Master's program. With proper planning, the M.Eng. program can be completed within 8 months (Fall and Winter terms). The M.Eng. program emphasizes construction professional practice, and students are NOT required to conduct research or produce a thesis. M.Eng. students are required to take the course CEE 530 titled Construction Professional Practice.

The M.S.E. program is designed for students who want to conduct research as part of their graduate program, and are generally intent on either pursuing a professional career in the construction industry or continuing in the Ph.D. program to pursue a research career after completing their Master's program. Most students require three full semesters to complete the M.S.E. degree program (Fall, Winter, Fall). M.S.E students are required to do at least 3 credits worth of research (CEE 630) as part of their graduate program of study. The research is conducted under the supervision of a TCMP faculty member. M.S.E. students are not required (but encouraged) to take CEE 530.

What are the minimum GRE scores needed for admission to the M.S.E. program?

GRE scores are one of several parameters that are considered in the application evaluation process. Other parameters include the student's academic record (grades), letters of recommendation, motivation towards a graduate degree, and prior work or research experience. Admission decisions are made by considering the total package described by these parameters. GRE-Q and GRE-A (writing) scores are more relevant than GRE-V in the admissions process. Generally speaking, near perfect GRE-Q scores (700 out of 800 at the very least) are expected for admission to the graduate program. In addition, above average GRE-A scores are expected (3.0 out of 6.0 at the very least) from each admitted applicant.

How long does it take to complete the M.S.E. program? Can I finish the program in one year?

With proper planning, the M.S.E. program can be completed within one calendar year (Fall, Winter, and Spring terms). However, in order to make a significant research contribution, most students choose to spend three full semesters completing their degree program (Fall, Winter, Fall). When students arrive on campus, they will work with their academic advisor to create their plan of study taking their desired finish date into consideration.

I am interested in the dual-degree program with Architecture or Business or another field of study. How do I apply?

For any dual-degree program, the first step a student must accomplish is get admitted to both the degree programs independently. For example, a M.S.E./M.B.A. dual-degree applicant must be admitted independently to both the M.S.E. program and the M.B.A. program. This website only provides information on admission to the M.Eng. or M.S.E. program in CE&M. For information on admission requirements to the second program a student desires to pursue as a dual-degree (architecture, business, etc.), please visit the websites of those programs and pursue admission separately. Once a student is admitted to both the desired programs, a joint dual-degree plan of study will be created after the student arrives on campus and meets with their program advisor. At that time, the courses that can be double-counted across both programs will also be selected and marked on the student's plan of study.

For more information on the M Arch program and how it can be combined with an engineering dual degree, please visit this link.

For more information on the MBA program and how it can be combined with an engineering dual degree, please visit this link.

My background is not in Construction, Civil Engineering, or any other form of Engineering. Am I still eligible for admission?

Generally speaking, yes, you are eligible to be considered for admission. However, some background in college-level physics and college-level mathematics is required. These courses can be taken at any college including your undergraduate institution prior to your application. In addition, if you are admitted, and your background is not in Civil Engineering, then you may be asked to take some additional background courses after you arrive on campus here. These additional courses will not count towards the graduate degree.

What form of financial support is available for M.S.E. student applicants?

Fellowships are available for outstanding M.S.E. applicants. Fellowships are awarded based on the evaluation of application materials. No additional paperwork is required. If a student is selected for a Fellowship at the time of admission, then this information will be part of the admission letter or will be provided around that time in a separate letter. 

In addition to Fellowships, there are a limited number of Graduate Student Instructor (Teaching Assistant) positions available. In order to be eligible for these, a student must first have taken the relevant courses and excelled in them as students themselves. Research Assistantships are also available. Eligibility for these depends on a student's research skills and a match with an ongoing research project within the program. More information on ongoing research can be found by navigating to the Research Page on this website. Research Assistantships are offered by individual research faculty depending on the available projects in their group and a match of the student's skills to the project's needs. A student can contact individual faculty directly to inquire about any available positions. 

Is there any difference in my job prospects if I choose M.Eng. instead of M.S.E. or M.S.E. instead of M.Eng.?

As far as job prospects are concerned, there is absolutely no difference between the M.Eng. and the M.S.E. degree programs. Both degree programs are held in high regard by the construction industry and other employers where our alumni have been employed. In terms of preparation for a professional career in the construction industry, both degree programs train the students adequately and are equally attractive to prospective employers. The only differences that exist between the M.Eng. and M.S.E. program have been described in response to another question on this page above.

I have already been admitted to the M.S.E. program but would like to defer/postpone my arrival and program start date. Is that possible?

You may defer your admission for up to one year under the following circumstances: medical emergency, family emergency, delay or denial of a visa, or a natural disaster (earthquake or hurricane). If your circumstances meet these criteria, please prepare a request to defer admission along with an explanation for the request and send it to the CEE department at gradservices@umich.edu. You may request admission deferral after your admission has been finalized by the Rackham Graduate School.

As a M.S.E. student, can I be involved in construction research?

As a M.S.E. student, research is an integral part of the graduate study program. Every M.S.E. student must take at least 3 research credits that produce a research report, or 6 credits that typically produce a research thesis. M.S.E. students will take the course CEE 630 under the supervision of a TCMP faculty member and pursue research in an area of mutual interest. Please contact individual faculty to discuss your research interests and set up a CEE 630 course after you arrive on campus.

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Ph.D. in CE Application Materials and Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are required for a Ph.D. application?

Application materials required for Ph.D. applications consist of the following:

  • Completed application form (see website below)
  • Application fee
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (Marksheets) from college or university that has awarded or will award degree
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • International Students only:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) scores (international students only).

 For more information on departmental admission requirements and processes, please visit this link.

Where can I find the Ph.D. Application Forms?

Web applications, application forms, and other materials are available for Ph.D. admission from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Is financial support available for Ph.D. students?

Yes. All admitted Ph.D. students are offered full financial support in the form of Fellowships, Research Assistantships and/or Teaching Assistantships. No additional paperwork is required in order to be considered for financial support. Admission to the Ph.D. program implies full financial support.

What is the criteria for admission to the Ph.D. program?

The most important criteria for admission to the Ph.D. program are: 1) Outstanding academic record; 2) Demonstrated research quality and aptitude (this will be judged based on research conducted by the student at the Undergraduate or Master's level); 3) Match between a student's skill and interests with available research projects and their needs; and 4) Availability of funded research projects. All four criteria must be met before a student will be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

What are the minimum GRE scores needed for admission to the Ph.D. program?

GRE scores are one of several parameters that are considered in the application evaluation process. Other parameters include the student's academic record (grades), letters of recommendation, motivation towards a Ph.D. degree, and prior research experience. Admission decisions are made by considering the total package described by these parameters. GRE-Q and GRE-A (writing) scores are more relevant than GRE-V in the admissions process. Generally speaking, near perfect GRE-Q scores (700 out of 800 at the very least) are expected for admission to the Ph.D. program. In addition, above average GRE-A scores are expected (3.0 out of 6.0 at the very least) from each admitted applicant.

Can I be directly admitted to the Ph.D. program after completion of my Undergraduate degree?

Yes. However, the same admission criteria described above apply. In particular, the student will have to demonstrate significant research quality and aptitude based on work performed during their Undergraduate program of study. Students admitted directly to the Ph.D. program typically pursue an intermediate Master's degree as well during their graduate study.

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For further information contact:

  • Ms. Jessica Randolph, CEE Graduate Coordinator: jrand@umich.edu
  • Professor Vineet R. Kamat, Professor and Program Advisor: vkamat@umich.edu

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