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Master of Science in Construction Management

The Masters of Science in Construction Management program at Texas A&M University innovates on traditional construction methods. You’ll learn how to leverage technology and processes to excel in the construction industry. Through this multidisciplinary program, you can advance your career or use this degree as a path into the construction industry.

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About the Program

Our STEM-coded program is one of five ACCE accredited masters-level construction science degrees in the nation. This program provides an advanced course of study to individuals with extensive experience in construction. The program can also be a path to the construction industry for those with little experience. Students with a background in architecture, engineering, and business find success in this program.

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FAQ about the Construction Management Program

I have an engineering or architecture background. Am I eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Construction Management?

Yes, our graduate students come from various professional backgrounds.  Your application will be reviewed thoroughly by our Graduate Instruction Committee to determine whether you are a good fit to our program.

Does the Master of Science in Construction Management qualify as a STEM program?

Yes, as of September 1, 2019, the Master of Science in Construction Management is a STEM program. The CIP Code is 15.1001.00.

Does the Master of Science in Construction Management program offer online or other distance education classes?

No, not at this time. Our program is a residence-based program in which students are required to take on-campus classes. However, we are investigating distance education formats for the program and we will provide an update in the near future.

What is the estimated cost of attendance for the Master of Science in Construction Management? How does it compare to other construction management programs in the country?

The estimated costs are updated each year based on various economic factors. For the most recent data, please refer to the Student Business Services office or visit the Tuition Calculator. Our program costs are very competitive with other construction management programs in the country.  We encourage you to do this comparison on your own.

Is the Master of Science in Construction Management accredited?

Yes, it is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), which is the body that accredits construction management programs. Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer-review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities. This means that our program is held to the highest standards. Our Master of Science in Construction Management is one of only five graduate programs accredited by ACCE.


Curriculum

Students, in consultation with their advisory committee, propose their own degree plan. Their advisory committee must contain at least two of the members from the Department of Construction Science and at least one member from outside of the department. 

Our master’s degree takes two years to complete. Students can select from a thesis-based and non-thesis degree plan.

Thesis Option

The 32-credit-hour thesis option is based on research in the construction field. You will work with a faculty research advisory committee to identify and investigate a construction-related topic of your choosing. Your work will culminate with the preparation, presentation, and final defense of a thesis.

Degree Plan Requirements for Thesis Option 32 credit hours
COSC 601 Construction Practices* 3 credit hours
COSC 602 Construction Cost Estimating* 3 credit hours
COSC 603 Construction Scheduling* 3 credit hours
COSC 621 Advanced Project Management* 3 credit hours
COSC 681 Seminar** 3 credit hours
COSC 690 Research Methods 3 credit hours
COSC 691 Research 6 credit hours
Elective Courses*** 9 credit hours

* May be waived if a similar course has been completed at an undergraduate or graduate construction management program accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) or ABET.

** May not be taken during the same semester. One credit hour is required during the first semester and one credit hour is required during the last semester.

*** No more than six credit hours may be taken outside of Construction Science.

Non-Thesis Option

The 36-credit-hour non-thesis option is a course-based degree program that focuses on adding depth to your existing educational background. Instead of a thesis, you will complete a summative final project to complete the program.

Degree Plan Requirements for Non-Thesis Option 36 credit hours
COSC 601 Construction Practices* 3 credit hours
COSC 602 Construction Cost Estimating* 3 credit hours
COSC 603 Construction Scheduling* 3 credit hours
COSC 621 Advanced Project Management* 3 credit hours
COSC 681 Seminar** 1 credit hour
COSC 693 Professional Study*** 3 credit hours
Elective Courses**** 21 credit hours

* May be waived if a similar course has been completed at an undergraduate or graduate construction management program accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) or ABET.

** Recommended, but not required, to be taken during the first semester.

*** Required during the last semester.

**** No more than nine credit hours may be taken outside of construction science.

Careers

Our program’s graduates are prepared for leadership roles within the construction industry, including commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Our students can also pursue a Ph.D. program in the construction field.

Our graduates work with some of the top construction firms around the world. They have also been employed at major tech companies.


Preparing for the Construction Management Program

FAQ about the admissions process

How does the admissions process work?

Submit your application at Texas A&M GradCas along with a non-refundable application fee. The fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars.

We will review all applications and inform applicants of our admission decision by the end of March.

Read more about the Master of Science in Construction Management application requirements

What are the admissions deadlines?

The application deadline for fall admittance is March 1st. Application packages received after January 8 will not be considered for available scholarships and fellowships.

Complete applications received after March 1st may be considered as openings permit.

What kinds of financial aid does the program offer?

The Department of Construction Science typically awards 30 graduate students financial aid. The Department of Construction Science has a limited number of graduate program scholarships that qualifies the student for in-state tuition. Additional opportunities exist for appointments as Graduate Assistant-Research (GAR), Graduate Assistant-Teaching (GAT), and Graduate Assistant-Non-Teaching (GANT). These assistantship positions are very competitive and each qualifies the student for in-state tuition.

Occasionally, the Department of Construction Science is offered scholarship and fellowship funds from other sources, such as the College of Architecture or Texas A&M University. Applicants must have submitted their complete application package by the first week of January to be considered for these opportunities.

Who can I go to for questions?

For more information about the Master of Science in Construction Management program, please contact the Department of Construction Science at comg@tamu.edu or call 979.845.1781.

Questions or inquiries about the online admission procedures, or technical issues with the online application system, should be directed to the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions at admissions@tamu.edu or 979.845.1060.