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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at WPI empowers students to become global stewards of the planet and work toward a better, sustainable tomorrow. WPI offers two online graduate programs within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, a master's in Construction Project Management and a master's in Environmental Engineering

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Online Master's in Construction Project Management

WPI’s online master's in Construction Project Management program will prepare you to manage complex construction projects at every stage, from resource planning to risk mitigation and reporting.  This program is designed to meet the growing needs of professionals with practical knowledge and expertise in design/construction engineering processes, legal relations, and the organization and use of resources, including materials, labor, equipment and capital. 

On-Campus Master's in Construction Project Management

Prefer to learn in-person?  Our on-campus program offers the same rigorous coursework that enables students to learn about construction project management in a classroom setting. 

Learn more about the on-campus Construction Project Management program.

Construction Project Management Info Session (On Demand)

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to our online graduate Construction Project Management program. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!

Construction Project Management Program Details

  • Program Highlights
    • Curriculum combines courses in civil engineering, management science, business and economics, and system dynamics.
    • Highly customizable plans of study enable students to explore a wide range of topics including sustainable construction practices, fire protection, supply chain management, building information modeling, and systems thinking.
    • Students learn from and work closely with expert WPI faculty members who have practical experience in construction project management and continue to be serve as consultants to leading corporations.

    WPI also offers an online graduate certificate in Construction Project Management.  The Construction Project Management program is also available on-campus if you prefer a more traditional learning environment.

  • Degree Requirements

    11 courses, 33 credit hours with 12 credits from core courses, at least 9 credits from breadth courses, and electives from engineering, science, business and/or system dynamics. You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study.  

    Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as theses cannot be completed online. If you wish to pursue a thesis on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to find an advisor. Please note that depending on the project’s subject and timeframe, there might not be a faculty member willing or able to advise.

    View academic term start dates for online courses.

  • Program Outcomes

    Depending on the student’s chosen plan of study, the MS in construction project management will prepare her/him to achieve the following learning outcomes:

    1.     Obtain a rich toolset of skills to effectively manage human and capital resources through all phases of the construction process, including preconstruction interface with the customer, project costing, organization, time scheduling, contracting risk mitigation and contract administration.

    2.     Learn the challenges of working with customers and company staff, including delivery systems, legal issues, contracts liability, dispute resolution, loss prevention, proposal development, professionalism and ethics.

    3.     Perform in-depth cost and schedule analyses that include unit estimates, costing databases, values engineering, productivity, cost control, etc, that provide guidance for price bidding, negotiations and claims management.

    4.     Develop a robust understanding of the importance and intricacy of local ordinances, laws and customs that impact a major project. This includes building codes, bylaws, zoning ordinances and labor laws. Learn the legal responsibilities along with prudent communication tones and protocols with owners, abutters and city/town officials.

    5.     Understand how the use of Building Information Modeling, as the latest construction management tool, improves efficiency, communication and fosters real time collaboration between owners, investors, architects, engineers, contractors and any other stakeholder involved in the project. The Building Information Model serves as the central repository and dashboard for graphic information, specifications, delivery data, responsible supplier, etc. on each element of the project. Issues or errors can be caught early with this visualization tool.

    6.     Identify and mitigate project risk through robust analytical methodology. A broad set of applications are covered including supply chain quality assurance, fire protection, environmental impacts and information security.

    7.     Apply Systems Thinking tools to better understand how the project is impacted by the larger physical, social and commercial ecosystem that surrounds it. Concepts include causal loops and feedback, system leverage points, delays and oscillations, assumptions, unintended consequences, emergent properties, patterns, self-organization and more.

    8.     Develop awareness and understanding on how the modern constructed facilities are designed, built and operated under sustainable practices and lean processes.

  • Admissions Guidelines

    Students with bachelor’s degrees in areas such as architecture, management engineering, and civil engineering technology are normally accepted to this program. Professional exposure to design and construction activities is highly desired. Additional requirements for international applicants as imposed by the department of civil and environmental engineering apply. Work history will be considered if you include a resume in your application.

  • Course Schedule
    FALL TERM
    • CE 580. Advanced Project Management (Core)

    • CE 587. Building Information Modeling (Core)

    • FIN 503. Financial Decision-Making For Value Creation (Core - 10 weeks)

    • CE 590. Capital Facility Planning and Financing in Private & Public Partnerships
      (Breadth - Every other year starting in AY 2020)

    • FP 580 SP: Complex Decision Making (Elective)

    • FP 570. Building Fire Safety I (Elective)

    • FP 553. Fire Protection Systems (Elective)

    • OIE 542. Risk Management and Decision Making (Elective - 10 weeks)

     

    SPRING TERM
    • CE 584. Advanced Cost Estimating (Core)
    • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation (10 weeks)
    • CE 590. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the Construction Industry
    • CE 590. Computer-Based Simulation for the Management of Construction Firms 
      (Breadth - Every other year starting in AY 2020)
    • Breadth Course
       
    LATE SPRING TERM
    • SD 550. System Dynamic Foundations: Managing Complexity (Elective - 10 weeks)
    • Elective Courses as Needed (10 weeks)
    SUMMER TERM
    • Elective Courses as Needed (10 weeks)
     

    Courses listed here are fully asynchronous and do not require campus visits.  Additional electives are available on-campus. Click here for additional math and management courses that are offered online. Course offerings are subject to change. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

Online Master's in Environmental Engineering

Emphasizing contemporary topics and emerging research, the online master's in Environmental Engineering program covers advanced water-quality topics, including water flow, analysis, chemistry, treatment, hydraulics, and resource management. Students learn about contemporary environmental engineering issues and put them into immediate practice. Students who choose a thesis option can explore research topics including contaminant transport, impact and sustainability, pollution prevention, and source water protection.

All courses are taught by expert WPI faculty members who are pioneering new ways of managing water and wastewater treatment and developing improved waste and water remediation systems.

Graduates of WPI's master's in Environmental Engineering program work for companies including CDM, Greeley-Hansen, HDR, Fuss & O’Neill Environmental Science, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, AECOM, and GEI Consultants.

On-Campus Master's in Environmental Engineering

Prefer to learn in-person?  Our on-campus program offers the same rigorous coursework that enables students to learn about environmental engineering in a classroom setting. 

Learn more about the on-campus Environmental Engineering program.

Environmental Engineering Info Session (On Demand)

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to our online graduate Environmental Engineering program. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!

Environmental Engineering Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering completion requirements:

    • 33 credit hours consisting of 11 courses, 3 credits each

    You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study.  With your advisor’s permission, you may take up to 3 elective courses (9 elective credits) from other WPI graduate departments, either on campus or online.

    Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as theses cannot be completed online. If you wish to pursue a thesis on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to find an advisor. Please note that depending on the project’s subject and timeframe, there might not be a faculty member willing or able to advise.

    View academic term start dates for online courses.

  • Admissions Guidelines

    The MS program in environmental engineering requires a BS degree in civil, chemical, or mechanical engineering. Students with a BS in other engineering disciplines, or physical and life sciences, are eligible, provided they meet the following requirements:

    1. Mathematics and Science (minimum 12, three-credit courses).
      1. Mathematics must include differential and integral calculus, differential equations, and statistics (normally three courses in calculus and one course in differential equations).
      2. Science must include two chemistry  courses and a minimum of one physics course.
    2. Fluid Mechanics.
  • Course Schedule
    FALL TERM - 2019/20
    • CE 563. Industrial Waste Treatment
    • CE 565. Surface Water Quality Modeling
    • CE 590. Emerging Trends in Corporate Sustainability 
    SPRING TERM - 2019/20
    • CE 561. Advanced Principles of Wastewater Treatment
    • CE 570. Multiphase Contaminant Transport
    • CE 562. Biosystems in Environmental Engineering
    FALL TERM - 2020/21
    • CE 560. Advanced Principles of Water Treatment
    • CE 573. Treatment Systems Hydraulics
    • CE 590. Sustainable Infrastructure
    SPRING TERM - 2020/21
    • CE 542. Geohydrology
    • CE 590. Environmental Nanotechnology
    • CE 590. Environmental Organic Chemistry
    FALL TERM - 2021/22
    • CE 571. Water Chemistry
    • CE 572. Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes
    • CE 590. Green Energy
    SPRING TERM - 2021/22
    • CE 574. Water Resources Management
    • CE 590. Solid Waste Management
       

    We additionally have these math and management courses but do not offer these programs.

    Software used in this program: Microsoft Excel, PRIMAVERA Project Planner, Microsoft Project , Modeling Software, Energy Simulation Software, AutoCAD, Civil3D, Autodesk, Revit, Navisworks, Simulation Software

    Course offerings are subject to change. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

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