CM Graduate Degrees

As 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 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:

  • 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.

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 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 members

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.

Who Can Apply?

Preferred backgrounds include:

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

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 (2015, 2016, 2017). 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.

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 will enable SPDC students to meet future challenges. The doctoral program is designed to focus on scholarly research, and combine the technical and managerial aspects of construction projects. This program is designed to provide the depth and breadth in the managerial, technological, economic and environmental aspects of construction. The aim of this degree is to prepare students to become globally engaged citizen-leaders and scholars in the built environment.

Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct scholarly research and 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.

What Diverse Specializations Are Offered?

  • 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

Why Should You Apply?

  • High-quality education and unique experiences to prepare you for both academic and industry careers in construction management.
  • Opportunities to work on cutting-edge research with established faculty members that are recognized scholars in their fields.
  • Accelerated professional advancement.

Who Can Apply?

Preferred backgrounds include:

  • Construction management.
  • Architecture.
  • Engineering.
  • Design.
  • Urban planning.
  • Business management.
  • Real estate.

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

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

Prospective PhD students are encouraged to reach out to our construction management faculty members to champion their applications.

Degree Requirements and PhD Student Handbook

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

Meet Your Advisors

Student Services Office
(517) 432-3393
Human Ecology Building, Room 102

Master's Degree

Photo of Tim MrozowskiTim Mrozowski M.Arch, AIA, LEED® AP BDC
Professor and Program Leader, Construction Management
Human Ecology Building, Room 201J
(517) 353-0781
Fax: (517) 432-8108
mrozowsk@msu.edu 

PhD Degree

Prospective PhD students are encouraged to reach out to our construction management faculty members to champion their applications.

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