Master of Science in Construction Management


Program Description

Who Should Pursue This Degree?

Prospective students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management or a related field will benefit from the Master of Science Construction Management (MSCM) degree. Disciplines such as civil engineering, architecture, real estate, business, finance, management, marketing, and accounting also translate into our program. For recent graduates, the master of construction management program provides advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to be leaders and innovators in the increasingly globalized construction industry.

For mid-career and experienced professionals, this a graduate degree will provide even greater access to the knowledge that is essential to excel in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing local and international construction arena. Career advancing topics in the MSCM program include risk management, advanced scheduling & estimating techniques, globalization, sustainable construction, productivity, quality, profitability, and best practices.


Our highly qualified and experienced faculty members deliver instruction on state-of-the-art construction tools, techniques, and systems gained through applied research and consulting projects. Instruction is augmented by guest speakers, group projects and discussions, and input from our Industry Advisory Board.

Master of Science in Construction Management

Most working professionals have multiple demands on their time, and trying to fit a graduate degree program into an already demanding schedule can be daunting. The MSCM program (STEM-Designated Program) at ECU recognizes these challenges and has designed the program to accommodate the professionals’ needs and to provide an exemplary learning opportunity.

Each class is taught by an instructor certified in providing graduate-level education. Whether students attend face-to-face lectures on campus or participate in the same lectures online, each class offers interaction with the instructor and fellow students. Guest speakers are frequently invited to join the class, providing industry insight and actual points of view regarding the topics under discussion.

For admission to the MSCM program, students must have a Bachelor of Science degree in construction or engineering related disciplines such as civil engineering. Academic degrees in closely related fields such as architecture, real estate, business, finance, accounting, management, or marketing will also be considered for admission. Other requirements include:

  • Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score (international students)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose or intent
  • Detailed curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé
  • No GRE is required for admission to the MSCM program

If an applicant’s cumulative GPA is less than 2.7, the applicant may be admitted on a conditional basis. Conditional admission requires a student to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the first nine (9) graduate credits taken in the MSCM program.

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Course and Prerequisite Requirements

Students with a bachelor of science degree in construction management, construction engineering, or construction technology must complete 30 graduate credits to receive their MSCM degree.

Students with a bachelor of science degree in an engineering discipline, business, finance, accounting, management, or marketing must demonstrate proficiency in select prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level. See the list below. Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) can be taken at East Carolina University or at a community college or university of your choice.

  • Construction Documents and Analysis (Blueprint Reading)
  • Construction Materials & Methods
  • Construction Equipment Management
  • Construction Safety
  • Construction Estimating
  • Construction Scheduling

Prerequisite courses can also be taken online. Official transcripts of prerequisite course work will be required for admission and/or graduation. While exemptions from prerequisite courses can be granted by the graduate program director and/or the chair of the department, students must complete 30 graduate credits to obtain their degrees.

Course Titles

In total, you need to take 30 credit hours (10 courses).

There are 5 core courses you must take while you are in the program.

  • CMGT 6600: Critical Analysis and Evaluation of Construction Documentation
  • CMGT 6630: Advanced Applications in Construction Scheduling
  • CMGT 6662: Legal Implications of Design and Construction
  • CMGT 6664: Advanced Cost Estimating/Cost Analysis
  • CMGT 6700: Research Capstone Seminar

You also need to choose 5 electives from the courses listed below.

  • CGMT 6605: Decision and Risk Analysis in Construction
  • CMGT 6615: Productivity Improvement in Construction and Engineering
  • CMGT 6625: Residential Construction Trends
  • CMGT 6635: Residential Project Risk Management
  • CMGT 6640: Residential Land Use Management and Design
  • CMGT 6645: Construction Financial Management
  • CMGT 6650: Global Management of Construction
  • CMGT 6655: Residential Sustainability
  • CMGT 6660: Quality Control Systems
  • CMGT 6665: Residential Codes, Contracts, and Law
  • CMGT 6675 : Green Building and Sustainable Construction
  • CMGT 6680: Ethical Practices in the Construction Profession
  • CMGT 6685 : Construction Safety Management
  • CMGT 6690 : Lean Construction
Last updated May 2020

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