CM Graduate Degrees

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.

Advanced degrees in Construction Management are designed to combine the technical and managerial aspects of construction projects. The major goals of the CM graduate degrees are:

  • To expose students to the latest advancements in technology applications and project management systems.
  • To enhance the decision making process by creating an innovation seeking and research "mind set."
  • To create an awareness of the global aspects of construction management.
  • To prepare graduates to manage various functions of complex construction projects.

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:

  • Estimating, Scheduling, and Project Controls.
  • Construction Management Information Systems.
  • Computer Applications in Construction Management.
  • Design-Build.
  • Lean Construction.
  • Construction Contracts and Legal Aspects.
  • Housing.
  • Construction Safety and Ergonomics.
  • Land Development and Housing.
  • Sustainable and Energy Efficient Design and Construction.
  • International Project Management.
  • Construction Education.

Construction Management - Master of Science

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 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.

Download the Master of Science Degree Requirements and the the CM Master's Handbook (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). All graduate students must complete and have a signed 2016 Academic Program of Study on file with the School. 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. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and file original and amended forms as appropriate.

Planning, Design and Construction - Doctor of Philosophy (Construction Management Concentration)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction with a concentration in construction management, environmental design, or urban and regional planning will enable SPDC students to meet future challenges. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the effects of plans, regulations, design, materials, project management techniques, and construction systems on the economic, environmental, and social concerns of stakeholders and society.

Download the degree requirements and the PhD Student Handbook (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

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Master's and PhD Degrees

Pat CrawfordPat L. Crawford, PhD
SPDC Associate Director
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Director of Graduate Programs
Human Ecology Building, Room 101A
(517) 432-1148
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