Master of Science in Construction Management (M.S.)

Construction management graduate student working on tablet at construction siteAs one of the founding members of the Associated Schools of Construction, the Construction Management Program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University is one of the most reputable programs in the country. It enjoys strong affiliations with major contracting, design/build and construction management industry leaders nationwide.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Applied and in-depth knowledge of the construction management discipline.
  • An integrative approach to planning, design, and construction due to the multidisciplinary nature of the school.
  • Enhanced opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Connectivity to world-class practitioners and scholars.
  • Internationally diverse and dynamic campus life.
  • Enhanced support for international students and scholars via MSU’s well-established programs.

Advanced degrees in Construction Management are designed to combine the managerial, technological, economic and environmental aspects of construction projects.

The major goals of the CM graduate degrees are:

  • To prepare students to manage various project management functions of complex construction projects.
  • To enhance the decision making process by creating an innovation-seeking and research mindset.
  • To expose students to the latest advancements in emerging technology applications.

Programs vary with individual students, but generally consist of courses from construction management, civil engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, urban & regional planning, accounting, management, labor and industrial relations, resource development, statistics or education.

Students may also work directly with one or more faculty members on an independent basis to cover material that is not available through a regular course. Students in the graduate program will have opportunities to focus on topics including:

  • Sustainable and Energy Efficient Design and Construction.
  • Integrative Project Delivery Practices and Methods.
  • Building Information Modeling and Other Computer Applications.
  • Construction Management Information Systems.
  • Lean Construction.
  • International Project Management.
  • Construction Safety and Economics.
  • Estimating, Scheduling and Project Controls.
  • Construction Contracts and Legal Aspects.
  • Domicology.
  • Construction Education.

To learn more about CM faculty, visit CM Faculty Directory.

The Construction Management Program also hosts an annual Career Fair, which helps to expose students to job opportunities in many construction industry sectors, including commercial, residential and infrastructure in locations across the nation.

Master of Science in Construction Management

The Construction Management Master of Science degree is designed to provide breadth in the managerial, technological, economic and environmental aspects of construction. The program is also designed to provide depth and breadth through a systems approach encompassing project management, estimating, scheduling and project controls, housing, land acquisition and development, architectural and engineering design, construction technology, real estate, finance, business management and marketing.

The aim of this degree is to prepare students to become globally engaged citizen-leaders in the built environment. Thesis (Plan A) and non-thesis (Plan B) options are available. Students who anticipate careers in teaching, consulting or research, or who plan to pursue a doctoral program, are encouraged to select Plan A. After the student’s academic advisor has approved the student’s program of study under Plan A, the student may not pursue the program under Plan B without the approval of the school.

Why Should You Apply?

  • STEM Major: Extended optional practical training (OPT) with additional 24 months.
  • More than 90% job placement rate.
  • Starting annual U.S. salary $60,000–$80,000.
  • Accelerated professional advancement.
  • Opportunities to work on research with faculty member.

Who Can Apply?

Preferred backgrounds include:

  • Construction management,
  • Architecture,
  • Engineering,
  • Design,
  • Urban panning,
  • Business management and
  • Real estate.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a four-year degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Provide scores from GRE. Admission requires a minimum combined score of 297 on verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical writing score of no less than 3.5.
  • Submit TOEFL scores if you are an international applicant. THIS REQUIREMENT IS STILL VALID. Admission requires a minimum average score of:
    • Computer-Based: 213 with no sub-score below 19.
    • Internet-Based: 80 with no sub-score below 19 for reading, listening and speaking; and no sub-score below 22 for writing.
    • Paper-Based: 550 (paper-based) with no sub-score below 52.

Admission to the master’s program is rolling. For priority consideration, applications should be received by:

  • February 15 for fall semester admission.
  • August 15 for spring semester admission.

Degree Requirements and CM Master's Handbook

The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under Plan A (with thesis) or 33 credits for the degree under Plan B (without thesis).

Download the Master of Science Degree Requirements and the the CM Master's Handbook (2017, 20182019, 2020). All graduate students must complete and have a signed 2016 Academic Program of Study on file with the School. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and file original and amended forms as appropriate. Note: This PDF is an Acrobat form and must be opened with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If a “Please wait…” page pops up when you clicked the PDF link, then go back to the previous page and simply right-click on the link from your browser and select save. Then, you can open up the file using your Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Contact Us

School of Planning, Design and Construction
(517) 432-0704
Human Ecology Building, Room 101

Meet Your Advisor

For academic, research and program-related inquiries.



Professor, Construction Management; Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Teaching and Academic Policy Committee

Graduate Secretary

For application, admission and administrative inquiries.