Criteria MSCE MBE
Prior education and experience Requires an undergraduate engineering degree, in any engineering discipline Requires either:
1) An undergraduate CEM, CE or similar degree (3+ years' industry experience is encouraged but not strictly required), or/
2) Any undergraduate degree and 3+ years construction industry management experience.
Continue working while obtaining degree Generally, MSCE students pursue their coursework on a full-time basis at the Corvallis campus. However, many have opted to take reduced coursework and contue their occupation. Course scheduling may cause conflicts with work. The MBE is designed to allow for one day per week class attendance; it is anticipated that many students will pursue this degree without interrupting their careers.
Flexibility of coursework The MSCE allows for the most flexible course choices--each student custom-designs the program of courses to fit particular needs. The MBE is a fairly structured program to provide a broad professional program.
Strong management content The MSCE program does not require strong management coursework. The MBE is designed for the student looking for an even blend of Construction Management and Business Management coursework.
Strong engineering content The MSCE program is designed to encourage engineering learning and enquiry. Project/thesis research encourages development of engineering principles. The MBE program primarily focuses on professional business and construction management development.
Build on your work experience Students may continue their learning directly after receiving their undergraduate engineering degree, or may decide to further their understanding of construction engineering principles after entering industry. To gain maximum benefit, students are encouraged to enter the MBE program after having developed several years of managerial experience in the construction industry.
Focus on research The culmination of the MSCE degree for most students will be a graduate project/thesis that furthers—through research—the student's understanding of the principles of construction engineering. The MBE encourages completion of a project, through a specific industry case study. Preferably—for those students who are sponsored by their employer—the study would focus on their sponsor's business or project management operations.
Develop an academic career The MSCE provides the best approach for developing a thesis program of study in an area of personal interest. This program could provide the basis for later teaching and possibly the pursuit of a Ph.D. The MBE is intended as a professional degree, creating skills and knowledge for those interested in putting into practice new principles of construction management. Those MBE students wishing to pursue further academic interests should consider pursuing a thesis option in lieu of the professional internship.