Master of Science in Construction Management

The Department of Construction Management initiated a master’s degree program in 1995. The Master of Science in Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE).

About the Program

Each graduate of the construction management graduate program should be able to:

  1. Prepare bids and estimates for construction projects.
  2. Prepare construction schedule and manage project risks.
  3. Carry-out project management related tasks.
  4. Conduct research and disseminate findings through publications.
  5. Pursue advanced degree programs.

Master's Courses

Degree Requirements (16 Credit Hours)

Required Courses

CM 6000 - Information Methods

A course in communications technique improvement and preparation for functioning in an information-based society. Conceptual and methodological issues in construction research will be explored with emphasis on construction specific resources. Data development and analysis will be studied to include the concepts of validity, reliability, and applications of statistics.

Credit Hours: 4

CM 6100 - Construction Law: Contracts and Claims

This course focuses on the legal problems and concerns frequently encountered by constructors and others who participate in the construction process. Topics include the formation of contracts and the various contractual relationships; methods of modification and termination of the contracts; exploration of licensure and professional liability of the construction practitioner.

Credit Hours: 4

CM 6200 - Strategic Bidding and Estimating

A review of all normal bid-preparation activities that should take place in a prime contractor’s organization from the initial decisions on project selection and receipt of drawings and specifications, through the estimating process and sub-bid research, final bid assembly, markup, and submission, to postmortems and necessary follow-up actions. Significant attention will be devoted to bidding techniques, strategies, practices, and methods recommended handling these functions.

Credit Hours: 4

CM 6600 - Construction Risk Analysis and Control

This course focuses on the safety practices mandated by government regulation and required by good business practice. The costs of safety and the lack of it is examined. Workers’ compensation insurance cost is integrated into the issues of safety. Exposure analysis, risk management, risk transfer and the costs associated with each are examined in this course.

Credit Hours: 4

Degree Options (20 Credit Hours)

Students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Construction Management are to select one of the following options:

Elective Option

Select five construction elective courses (four credits each), up to two of which may be approved courses from another graduate department.

Thesis Option

CM 7801 - Masters Thesis

Construction degree coursework or consent of the department head, approval of thesis proposal intensive research project that results in a formal written thesis. The thesis topic will usually be in an area of interest discovered by the student in early stages of the Construction program or work experience. Students may enroll for a maximum of 4 hours per term for thesis credit. The student works independently under the supervision of the thesis advisor on an inquiry that is significant to the construction industry. The topic must be approved before registration and the student must continue the work in a manner that is satisfactory to the thesis advisor. The student is expected to submit a substantial body of research work and to defend this submittal and the coursework taken in the degree program. This course may be repeated with departmental approval but no more than 8 hours may be applied toward the requirements of graduation.

Prerequisites: completion of 28 hours of graduate courses

Credit Hours: 4

Project Option

Select five 4-hour construction elective courses at the 6000 level. Up to three of these courses may be replaced by project courses, CM 7701- CM 7703. A grade of “C” or better is required for each course applied to the degree program.

In all graduate programs, a minimum of a 3.00 GPA is required. No grades below ‘C’ may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements, and a maximum of 2 ‘C’ grades at the level of 6000 or above may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements.

A cumulative 3.00-grade point average is required in all courses that apply to the degree.

Foundation Requirements

In addition to the 36 required hours for the Master's degree, students may be required to demonstrate competency in the following:

  • English Communication Skills- TCOM 2010
  • Construction Graphics- CM 2000
  • Residential and Light Construction Methods- CM 3110
  • Structural Systems- CM 5030
  • Computer Applications in Construction- CM 3000
  • Construction Scheduling- CM 4510
  • Construction Quantity Surveying- CM 3410
  • Construction Finance and Feasibility- CM 3620

Courses (undergraduate or baccalaureate) taken to show competency in these areas will not count toward the 36 hours required for the Master's degree. Competency can be shown by successfully completing coursework or competency testing developed by the program.

For a complete list of degree requirements, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Master's Program Admission

Admission to the Master of Science with a major in Construction Management is open to persons holding the Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Architecture, Management or a related degree from an accredited college or university. Preference in admission will be given to applicants having professional experience in a construction work environment. The admission procedure is competitive in that students will be admitted only if academic accomplishments and work experience demonstrate that they can successfully complete the program.

Regular Deadlines

All admissions materials must be received by:

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

International Deadlines

Deadlines for students applying from outside the United States:

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Semester: February 1

Admission Materials

Applicants must supply all of the following the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to be considered for admission:

  • Application for admission to the program.
  • Official copy of scores on the Graduate Record Exam "General Test"; or the GMAT.
  • Official transcript from each college the applicant has attended.
  • At least three recommendation forms which have been completed by supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues, one of which must be from the current supervisor.
  • An application letter, which should state your interest and goals for the MS and the potential use of the degree.

Admissions Criteria

  • A score of 291 (new scoring system) 850 (old scoring system) or better on the General Test (verbal and quantitative) of the GRE, or a score of 500 on the GMAT.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale.

Program Acceptance

Upon receipt of all completed application materials, the student is eligible for review by the CM Graduate Committee. Application materials include the application form, transcripts of all college coursework, GRE or GMAT scores, TOEFL scores (and other international student requirements as applicable) by the Admissions/Registrar’s office and recommendation forms (plus a statement of career goals if for conditional status) by the Construction Program office. The CM Graduate Committee will review the admissions documents and make recommendations to the Graduate Director of Graduate Admissions who will send a letter of acceptance.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 29, 2019
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290 USD
Resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $290.00. Non-resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $1,045.00. Other fees may apply.
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