In 1924, the first master’s degrees in civil engineering were conferred. The first doctoral degree was conferred in 1927. The civil engineering program was accredited in 1936 by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD). ECPD is now known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
September 1960 heralded the birth of the Iowa State building construction curriculum. Headed by Thomas Jellinger, the original concept of the curriculum centered on teaching construction engineering based on best industry practices. In 1963, Iowa State graduated its first students in a bachelor of science in engineering operations. By 1970, the building construction program became the construction engineering program.