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.
Often referred to as the jobs of the future, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs are among some of the highest paying and in-demand jobs today. The MS in Construction Management program is STEM designated. While this not only recognizes the rigor of this program, it also provides an added benefit for international students with extended optional practical training (OPT) with additional 24 months.
University of Houston Construction Management (CM) master program ranks in Top 50 Construction programs in the United States and the third best construction program in Texas. The CM master program is STEM designated and focuses on both fundamental knowledge and cutting-edge technologies. Fundamental courses include estimating, scheduling, contracting, and project management and advanced courses include AI, VR/AR, BIM, and big data. It is a 30-hour, two-year program that offers both online and in-person classes.The CM master program provides the knowledge and skills essential for successful management positions in the construction industry. Construction manager jobs are projected to grow 11% in the next 10 years, faster than the average for all occupations, with an average of 38,900 openings projected each year. Graduates in the CM master program are expected to earn an average salary of over $83,000.
We offer the following program options:
- Students residing in the USA:
- For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, we offer a truly self-paced online program.
- For international students, we offer a face-to-face program.
- Students NOT residing in the USA:
- For students who will not reside in the U.S. during their course of study, we offer an overseas program which is a fully online program.
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). Career-change students must consult with the CM Graduate Program Coordinator to develop a customized study plan. The program is designed for both working professionals and full-time students.
Sample Degree Plan for Master of Science in Construction Management
Preferred backgrounds include construction management, engineering, architecture, design, urban planning, business management, and real estate. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants, and the score may not be more than 5 years old. Applicants who completed their undergraduate degrees in a non-English speaking country must take one of the following tests: TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo. 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. The minimum IELTS score required is an overall band score of 6.5. The required minimum for the Duolingo exam is 105. . For more information, visit Graduate Catalog Online.
- Submit an online application through the Office of the Graduate School
- 1 Official Transcript reflecting your Bachelor's Degree (Must arrive in a sealed envelope from your college or university.)
- 1 Official Transcript of any coursework since your Bachelor's degree (Must arrive in a sealed envelope from your college or university.)
- Official GRE test score report
- Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo test score report (if applicable)
- A letter of intent describing the candidate’s inspirations and benefits from the degree
- Three letters of recommendation
- 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:
- A letter of financial backing
- A copy of the candidate’s passport
Tuition and Financial Support Information
- Tuition and fees
- College of Technology assistantships
- College of Technology scholarships
- Additional financial and scholarship information