Master of Science in Construction Management


Program Description


Program Description

This degree is targeted for working professionals who are in leadership/management positions in the construction industry or planning to advance their careers to manage large construction projects. Cal State East Bay’s program is different from other construction management programs as it is based on a well-balanced curriculum covering various aspects of the construction management profession. Students will take required courses in legal and environmental issues in construction, advanced technology, project planning, and control, cost estimating, financial and risk management issues. Students will also have a broad choice of electives from courses in construction management, engineering, business, or other graduate courses with department approval.

Program Highlights

  • Type of degree conferred: Master of Science
  • Number of courses: 12
  • Program length: typically 2 years
  • Only MS Construction Management Program in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for STEM OPT (3 years of practical training in the U.S.)

Program Objectives

The goals of the Masters of Science degree in Construction Management are to prepare effective managers for large public and private construction projects, to prepare the workforce required for the state’s transportation infrastructure improvements, and to enable current and future engineers and other professionals to assume leadership roles in the construction industry.

Students graduating with an M.S. Construction Management degree from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. Understand and implement risk management, scheduling and estimating, building information modeling, high-performance building assessment systems, and project delivery methods.
  2. Use effective communication skills to solve practical construction problems, explain and defend the application of advanced construction practices associated with planning, staffing, scheduling and controlling construction projects.
  3. Plan and deliver a project meeting the desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability.

Admissions Requirements

The M.S. in Construction Management is open to individuals planning a career or advancing their career in the construction industry, and who have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 (4.0 basis) in their undergraduate work,
  2. Relevant work or academic experience, and
  3. College Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent level math courses.

In addition to the University Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Application, all applicants should submit to the department:

  1. Personal statement explaining their reasons for wanting to pursue the M.S. in Construction Management degree,
  2. A resume detailing their professional and academic achievements, and
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. For international students, proficiency in the English language, as demonstrated by TOEFL (minimum 80) or IELTS (minimum 6.5), is required for students whose native language is not English.

Admission to the University and admission to the M.S. in Construction Management degree program are separate steps.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree program in Construction Management requires completion of 36-semester units distributed among required courses, elective courses, and the project or comprehensive exam. Of these units, at least 27 units must be completed in residence (transfer units are limited to 9-semester units. No more than 3 units of Independent Study (CMGT 690) may be counted toward the 36 units required for the degree. Project credit may not exceed 3 units. A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in all 36-semester units taken to satisfy the degree requirements. All graduate degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years.

Job Prospects

With the expected increase in large construction work, in part stemming from the increase in public spending on California’s transportation infrastructure improvement, there is considerable demand for individuals who can technically and scientifically manage large construction projects. Also, there are increasing opportunities from the local and regional high tech sector for expansion and new construction projects. The construction industry, as a whole, is one of the largest industries in the U.S. as well as in many other countries with a great need for skilled project managers. Sample jobs are construction manager, site manager, and others.

Many of our students complete internships for academic credit (Curricular Practical Training= CPT for international students) with construction companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. International students graduating from our program are eligible to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) which is temporary employment authorization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The MS Construction Management program is also considered a STEM program, enabling our graduates to also apply for the 24-month OPT STEM extension.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

For more than 60 years, California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay or CSUEB for short) has served the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the California State University system (the large ... Read More

For more than 60 years, California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay or CSUEB for short) has served the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the California State University system (the largest system of public education in the U.S.), Cal State East Bay is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, small classes, and a highly-personalized learning environment. Our beautiful campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay offers a great view of the entire Bay Area and is in an inspiring setting for career exploration, just 30-40 minutes drive from both San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Cal State East Bay offers excellent education in an exciting location at a competitive price. CSUEB offers undergraduate degrees in 49 fields and graduate degrees in 30 areas. In addition to degree programs, the American Language Program offers intensive English language study as preparation for university study. A wide variety of certificate and gateway programs — including conditional admissions for undergraduates, the Pre-Business Analytics program, and International Business diploma— offer excellent opportunities for professional and academic advancement. Read less