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Master Program

The Department of Construction Management and Engineering (CM&E) offers two separate and distinct master programs: Master of Science in Construction Management and Master of Construction Management.

Master of Science in Construction Management


The Master of Science in Construction Management is an on-campus research-focused degree. Students are expected to significantly contribute to the development and delivery of scholarly publications and to the development and submission of research grant proposals as determined by the major advisor.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the admission to the Master of Science in Construction Management Program applicants must:

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent to attain full standing;
  2. Submit an official transcript;
  3. Submit the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score;
  4. Submit a one-page “Statement of Research Objectives and Qualifications” that directly relates to one of the “Research Interests” of the CM&E faculty;
  5. Submit a two-page resume; and
  6. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation.

Prospective students must submit application materials directly to the NDSU Graduate School via the on-line application process. For the Master of Science in Construction Management, application deadlines are May 1 for admission to the fall semester and October 1 for admission to the spring semester.

Degree and Credit Requirements

The Master of Science in Construction Management requires a total of 31 graduate-level credits (24 credits of coursework, 6 credits of research/thesis, and 1 credit of seminar).  The thesis requires the creation and presentation of new knowledge in providing a solution to a construction-related problem.  Prior to submitting a thesis to the graduate student's Supervisory Committee, the thesis may be reviewed by a departmentally approved external editor.  All costs associated with external review are the responsibility of the graduate student. An example of the Plan of Study for the Master of Science in Construction Management is shown below:

Course Number

Course Descriptions

Course Credit

CM&E 790

    

Graduate Seminar

1

CM&E 603

Scheduling and Project Control

3

CM&E 605

Construction Support Operations

3

CM&E 701

Construction Technology and Equipment

3

CM&E 711

Construction Cost Estimating

3

CM&E 712

Construction Management

3

CM&E 600/700/800

Electives

9

CM&E 798

Master's Thesis

6

Total

31

Electives may be any 600, 700, or 800-level courses offered at NDSU determined by the student and the major faculty advisor. Course descriptions can be found in the NDSU graduate bulletin. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 must be achieved in order to complete the M.S. degree. A flowchart shown the major steps of getting the degree is available by clicking MS Flowchart.

Financial Assistance

Various types of financial assistance are available to graduate students as described on the Graduate School website. For exceptional applicants, the CM&E Department may offer a graduate assistantship which consists of a monetary stipend and a possible tuition waiver; however, student activity fees and program fees are not waived.  There is no separate application process for graduate assistantships.  Applicants are evaluated based on their credentials and/or experience. Please refer to graduate assistantships policy.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English and who do not possess an U.S. bachelor's degree or higher are subject to additional requirements when they apply for admission to the Master of Science in Construction Management program. They must meet the minimum requirements on measures of general English language proficiency. The accepted measures of language proficiency are the TOEFL ibT, IELTS or the PTE Academic, as indicated below.

Type of English Test

      

Total Score

      

Speaking Subscale

      

Writing Subscale

TOEFL ibT

81

23

21

IELTS

7.0

5.5

6.0

PTE Academic

54

62

56

Master of Construction Management


The Master of Construction Management is an on-line professional program consisting of 30 credits of coursework and the Associate Constructor (AC) Exam.  The Master of Construction Management is administered through Distance and Continuing Education (DCE) at NDSU.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the admission to the Master of Construction Management Program applicants must:

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent to attain full standing;
  2. Submit an official transcript;
  3. Submit a two-page resume;
  4. Submit a one-page "Statement of Purpose" outlining your reasons for pursuing the Master of Construction Management degree; and
  5. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation.

Prospective students must submit application materials directly to the NDSU Graduate School via the on-line application process. Applicants who are deficient in the CGPA requirement are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management.  Although successful completion of the Graduate Certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the Master of Construction Management, the Graduate Certificate will be seriously considered in application decisions related to the Master of Construction Management Program.

For the Master of Construction Management, application deadlines are May 1 for admission to the fall semester and October 1 for admission to the spring semester.

Degree and Credit Requirements

The Master of Construction Management degree consists of thirty (30) credits of course work and AC Exam. Course descriptions can be found in the NDSU graduate bulletin. A flowchart shown the major steps of getting the degree is available by clicking MCM Flowchart.

Course Requirements

Curse Number

   

Course Description

   

Course Credit

CM&E 603

Scheduling and Project Control

3

CM&E 605

Construction Support Operations

3

CM&E 660

Infrastructure Management

3

CM&E 701

Construction Technology and Equipment

3

CM&E 703

Advanced Scheduling and Planning

3

CM&E 711

Construction Cost Estimating

3

CM&E 712

Construction Management

3

CM&E 715

Construction Specifications and Contracts

3

CM&E 725

Decision Making and Risk

3

CM&E 740

Financial and Economic Concepts

3

CM&E 793

AC or CPC Exam

N/A

Total

30


The Associate Constructor (AC) Exam is administered by the American Institute of Constructors & Constructor Certification Commission.  All students in the Master of Construction Management Program must take the AC Exam before their graduation. There is no requirement that a student has to earn a pass score in order to receive the Master of Construction Management Degree from NDSU. However, students are encouraged to prepare the AC Exam and earn a pass score or better established by the testing agency.  The exam may be taken multiple times.  The AC exam is the first level in reaching the designation of a “Certified Professional Constructor” (CPC) which is a three-stage process consisting of the AC exam (Level I), 4-5 years of relevant construction management work experience, and the CPC exam (Level II).  The AC Exam is offered twice a year, typically in March and November.  International applicants should note that the AC Exam is not offered on-line and is only offered in the United States. 

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantship, tuition waiver, and financial aid offered by the CM&E Department, the Graduate School, or NDSU are not available to students in the Master of Construction Management Program.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English and who do not possess an U.S. bachelor's degree or higher are subject to additional requirements when they apply for admission to the Master of Construction Management program. They must meet the minimum requirements on measures of general English language proficiency.  The accepted measures of language proficiency are the TOEFL ibT, IELTS or the PTE Academic, as indicated below.

Type of English Test

     

Total Score

      

Speaking Subscale

      

Writing Subscale

TOEFL ibT

79

19

21

IELTS

6.5

5.5

6.0

PTE Academic

53

51

56

Department Contact

Yong Bai, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Chair and Professor
Phone: (701) 231-6521
E-mail: yong.bai@ndsu.edu


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Department of Construction Management and Engineering
North Dakota State University
Dept. 2475, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: (701) 231-7879
Fax: (701) 231-7431
E-mail: Ingrid.Scarski@ndsu.edu

Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 9:24:07 AM