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Graduate Degree

Master of Science in Construction Management


The Construction Management Master's degree program provides the knowledge and skills essential for successful leadership positions in the construction industry. The curriculum focuses on both fundamental knowledge and advanced topics. Fundamental courses include estimating, scheduling, contracting, and project management and advanced courses include risk analysis, decision making, computer applications in construction, sustainability and green construction, quality management, and Six-Sigma. Our graduates are prepared to work in the construction industry and in academia.

Program Options

We offer the following program options:

  1. Students residing in USA:
    • For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, we offer a truly self-paced online program.
    • For international students, we offer a hybrid program which combines online learning and face-to-face instruction.
  2. Students NOT residing in USA:
    • For students who will not reside in U.S. during their course of study, we offer an overseas program which is a fully online program.

Degree Plan

The Construction Management Master's degree requires 31 semester hours. Prior to progressing to advanced skills courses, all applicants are required to take the fundamental courses (Estimating, Scheduling, and Contract Administration) unless they test out of them. Career-change students must consult with the Director of the CM Program to develop a customized study plan. The program is designed for both working professionals and full-time students. Therefore, courses are offered online.

Sample Degree Plan for Master of Science in Construction Management - Fall 2013

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction, or Architecture. Applicants with construction management industry experience are particularly encouraged to apply. All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) on the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework. However, applicants may be conditionally admitted with a grade point average no less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants, and score may not be more than 5 years old. Applicants who completed their undergraduate degrees in a non-English speaking country must take a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A TOFEL score of 550 is required (equivalent to 213 computerized test, or 79 on the iBT). The TOEFL score may not be more than 2 years old. For more information, visit Graduate Catalog Online.

Admission Procedure

  1. Submit an online application through the Office of the Graduate School
  2. 1 Official Transcript reflecting your Bachelor's Degree (Must arrive in a sealed envelope from your college or university.)
  3. 1 Official Transcript of any coursework since your Bachelor's degree (Must arrive in a sealed envelope from your college or university.)
  4. Official GRE test score report
  5. Official TOEFL test score report (if applicable)
  6. A letter of intent describing the candidate’s inspirations and benefits from the degree
  7. Three letters of recommendation
  8. Application fee

For detailed information on admission procedures and requirements, visit the College of Technology's graduate school admission page.


For domestic applicants, fall semester deadline is July 1 and spring semester deadline is December 1.

For international applicants, fall semester deadline is April 1 and spring deadline is October 1. The following documents are required for the issuance of a student visa:

  1. A letter of financial backing
  2. A copy of the candidate’s passport

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