Construction Engineering and Project Management

Admissions and funding for the CEPM program at UT Austin is highly competitive. Admission to the program generally requires a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and competitive GRE scores. The CEPM program typically admits 20-25 M.S. and Ph.D. students every year. Detailed information about the admission and funding requirements and deadlines can be found on the "prospective students" section of the CAEE website.

Application for Admission and Financial Aid

All applicants to the CEPM graduate program should apply using the Cockrell graduate application. Please follow the instructions on the Cockrell School of Engineering webpage.

Requirements for Students without an Accredited Degree in Engineering

CEPM students without a degree in engineering are usually required to take additional undergraduate courses. Depending on the number of background courses needed, a student may be required to register as an undergraduate student until the time when he/she will begin graduate level work. The courses required for a student without an engineering degree can vary widely, depending on the student's background.


The CEPM faculty consistently come out with new publications every year. Their reports published by Center for Construction Industry Studies (CCIS) are archived in this section, along with and journals and conference papers published by the Construction Engineering and Project Management (CEPM) program, which are added on an annual basis.


Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

GSO is an organization made up of CEPM students in order provide an avenue for student input into the quality of their experience while in the CEPM graduate program. GSO provides opportunities to meet members of the construction community and fellow students in different social and academic settings. Through these opportunities, the GSO extends invitations to bring together all CEPM students, faculty, staff, alumni, and leaders of the construction industry. All CEPM students are highly encouraged to attend and participate in meetings held regularly during the semester.


The CEPM GSO’s mission is to leverage support for students in achieving their highest academic potential through presenting their interests to the CEPM faculty as well as promoting a series of extracurricular venues to encourage social interaction for the students, their families and friends.


The CEPM GSO will be a vital element to student and faculty interaction, which will help facilitate the continued success of the CEPM program at UT as one of the finest in the country.


Most importantly, GSO is designed to be fun! Funds are set aside annually to help facilitate the social-work life balance of graduate students. GSO is given the flexibility to plan various social events and activities. In previous years some of these opportunities included: CEPM-sponsored bowling tournament, tailgating at Longhorn football games, participating in basketball or soccer intramural tournaments, floating the San Marcos river, or putt-putting at the infamous Peter-Pan course.

Many GSO sponsored activities provide an opportunity to meet with faculty outside an academic setting, including at the annual Texas-sized welcome and goodbye BBQs. Students also support and collaborate with CEPM faculty in organizing the CEPM graduate students’ recruitment weekend and the semester orientation sessions.


The CEPM GSO facilitates various networking opportunities. From resume building workshops to connecting with prospective employers to career expo events, the opportunities are plentiful.


The CEPM GSO is administratively governed by at least seven CEPM student representatives. The duties of each representative are straightforward and require a modest time commitment. The duties of the position would entail attending the scheduled meetings, consulting with the CEPM graduate student body to identify issues and concerns, prioritizing initiatives, coordinating and providing resources for initiatives, and providing status updates to the CEPM graduate student body. Using the CEPM GSO to focus the efforts of all of the CEPM graduate students should improve the quality of the overall CEPM graduate experience.

If you would like to learn more about the CEPM GSO, we invite you to visit the GSO Facebook page.



There are typically 50 to 60 Construction Engineering and Project Management graduate students, from approximately 20 different countries, one-half of whom are PhD candidates. The backgrounds of the student body range from recent graduates to engineers with many years of experience, which provides a diverse forum for exchange of ideas, cultures, interests, and friendships. Several students are sponsored by government agencies and are on leave from active duty in the armed forces. The majority of CEPM students are involved with the Graduate Student Organization (GSO).


The tenure-track faculty lead the CEPM effort and are supported by one emeritus and six adjunct faculty members. The faculty includes the only construction faculty member in the National Academy of Engineering. The adjunct faculty are industry leaders who provide valuable real-world experiences and application. During summer sessions, visiting faculty are often involved and share their insights into the engineering and construction industry. The cross-over research link with CII adds the unique industry and international impact of the program, as guest lectures are often presented by industry leaders and by faculty at other leading universities.


Since its establishment in the 1960's, the CEPM program has graduated over 700 masters and more than 100 PhDs. The graduates are widely dispersed in both industry and at leading universities around the world.

If you are a CEPM alumni, we would love to stay connected. We encourage all alumni to update their information in the CAEE Alumni Database.