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Master of Construction Management


Program Description

Sample plan of study

Curriculum sequence

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition & Fees

Contact information



Program Description

Take construction management to the next level, become a leader in the field of construction management. Individuals working in all types of construction including residential, commercial, industrial, highway and heavy construction may benefit from an online Master of Construction Management degree. Graduates receive advanced education in new and expanding areas of construction programming, cost control and project management.  This program also prepares student to sit for the Associate Constructor Exam or the Certified Professional Constructor Exam. The online Master of Construction Management degree consists of thirty (30) credits of course work and the Associate Constructor Exam or the Certified Professional Constructor Exam.

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 online and is only offered in the United States.

The Associate Constructor (AC) certification is intended for constructors and supervisors who are in the early stages of their careers.  The exam questions are primarily based upon education knowledge.  The Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) certification is intended for the Professional Constructor who has been in the field for several years and exam questions cover both education and experience-based knowledge.

We also offer an 9 credit online Construction Management Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.


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As a busy construction professional with family obligations and a demanding career, I would recommend anyone in taking a course through distance education at NDSU. The faculty is top of the line and leaders in their respective fields.

— Herman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Sample Plan of Study

Required Core Courses:

Total Credits : 30


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Curriculum Sequence

Summer 603
Fall 703
Spring 605


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Frequently Asked Questions

If I don’t have a construction related undergraduate degree can I be accepted into the program?

If you have work experience in construction you may be eligible for admission into the program. Ensure that when you fill out your application that you make it known that you have construction experience. You may also consider getting a letter of recommendation from your supervisor at your construction job. In general, the construction management program looks for individuals with an undergraduate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related disciplines.

If I complete the Master of Construction Management program, what initials can I put behind my name?

Students who successfully complete the requirements for and graduate from the Master of Construction Management program are able to place the credentials MCM after their name.  MCM stands for Master of Construction Manangement and signifies that an individual has completed the requirements to earn that credential.

Are the graduate-level programs in construction management accredited?

The graduate-level construction management programs are accredited through NDSU's accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.  At the program level the graduate-level construction management programs do not require any special, additional accreditation.

Can I be admitted to the program if I do not have a 3.0 GPA in my undergraduate work?

Individuals with a GPA lower than 3.0 can be admitted into the online Construction Management Graduate Certificate program.  If their GPA in that program is above 3.0, they can then be admitted into the full online Master's in Construction Management program. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 consider applying for the graduate certificate program.  Classes in the graduate certificate program can be transferred into the full master's program.

How long will it take to complete this online master's program?

The length of time to completion of the online master's degree can vary between 15 months and approximately five years. Why the wide variation in completion time? Completion time depends on a variety of factors including things such as: how many classes a student can take each semester and whether or not the student takes the AC exam immediately following coursework.  It is important to know how many credits you feel you can complete each semester because the courses are taught on a rotational basis.  This means if you miss a class in say, fall semester you may need to wait until the next fall semester to take that course.


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For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Master of Construction Management bulletin page.




Apply for admission
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Application deadlines are May 1 for fall semester admission and October 1 for spring semester admission.

To be admitted into the Master of Construction Management, applicants must:

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related discipline with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent to attain full standing.
  2. Submit an official transcript for each college or university attended.
  3. Submit a two-page resume.
  4. Submit a one-page Statement of Purpose outlining your reasons for pursuing the Master of Construction Management.
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  6. Submit applications directly to the NDSU Graduate School via the online application process.

Applicants who are deficient in the cumulative grade point average are encouraged to apply for the Construction Management Graduate Certificate.  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.

For current admission requirements, visit the Master of Construction Management bulletin page.


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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Construction Management and Engineering
Phone: 701-231-6202
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/construction/programs/master_program/

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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