Construction Management (M.S.) 48 units
The Department of Engineering offers an interdisciplinary Masters of Science degree in Construction Management. This degree is designed for working professionals who are in leadership/management positions in the construction industry or planning to advance their careers to manage large construction projects.
The goals of the Masters of Science degree in Construction Management are to prepare effective managers for large public and private construction projects, to prepare the workforce required for the state’s transportation infrastructure improvements, and to enable current and future engineers and other professionals to assume leadership roles in the construction industry.
This program is different from other construction management programs as it is based on a well-balanced curriculum covering various aspects of the construction management profession. Special attention is given to working professionals with classes offered at times convenient for the students. Students will take required courses in legal and environmental issues in construction, project planning and control, cost estimating, financial and risk management issues. Also issues in construction safety and current trends in construction industry will be discussed. Students will also have a broad choice of electives from courses in construction management, engineering, business, or other graduate courses with department approval.
The mission of the Masters of Science degree in Construction Management is to prepare effective managers to lead medium and large public and private construction projects, prepare a technically capable management workforce requirement for the state’s transportation infrastructure improvement projects, and enable current and future engineers and other professionals to assume leadership roles in the construction industry.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.S. in Construction Management from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- have knowledge in the core construction management areas (legal issues in construction, environmental issues, project planning and control, financial decision making, risk analysis, and safety),
- have knowledge in broad areas of construction management beyond the core areas,
- communicate effectively,
- function in teams,
- have the knowledge of sustainable building and construction techniques and relevant state regulations,
- have an awareness of the complex environment (involving professional and ethical responsibilities) in which they will practice their profession,
- have the ability to educate themselves and be prepared for lifelong learning and professional development, and
- have experience in solving real life problems.
With the expected increase in large construction work, in part stemming from the increase in public spending on California’s transportation infrastructure improvement, there is considerable demand for individuals who can technically and scientifically manage large construction projects. The construction industry, as a whole, is one of the largest industries in the nation with a great need for skilled project managers. Sample jobs are construction manager, site manager and others.
The M.S. in Construction Management is designed to accommodate working adults. The class meetings will be conducted at times convenient for the students. Most of the faculty and instructors have significant construction management work experience. Students will have the opportunity to take elective courses in construction management, engineering, business, or other graduate courses with department approval, to broaden their skills.
The M.S. in Construction Management is open to individuals planning a career or advancing their career in the construction industry, and who have
- a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 (4.0 basis) in their undergraduate work,
- relevant work experience, and
- College Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent level math courses.
In addition to the University Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Application, which includes minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students, all applicants should submit to the department:
- personal statement explaining their reasons for wanting to pursue the M.S. in Construction Management degree,
- a resume detailing their professional and academic achievements, and
- two letters of recommendation.
Admission to the University and admission to the M.S. in Construction Management degree program are separate steps.
Student Standing and Progress Toward the Degree
There are three categories of student status which reflect student progress toward the degree: “Conditionally Classified Graduate” student, “Classified Graduate” student, and “Advancement to Candidacy” student.
- Students achieve “Conditionally Classified Graduate” status when they have been admitted to the M.S. in Construction Management degree program, but have not yet completed the prerequisites for “Classified Graduate” status in the M.S. in Construction Management.
- Students achieve “Classified Graduate” status when they have satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
- Students are advanced to Candidacy when they have completed the required courses with a 3.0 or better GPA.
Note: Students who fail to maintain progress by falling below a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses for two or more consecutive quarters will be academically disqualified from the university.
The M.S. degree program in Construction Management requires completion of 48 quarter units distributed among required courses, elective courses, and the Project. Of these units, at least 35 units must be completed in residence (transfer units are limited to 13 quarter units); at least 24 units must be in courses in the 6000 series. No course numbered 1000 to 2999 (or equivalent if taken elsewhere) may be used as part of the 48-unit graduate degree program.
No more than 4 units of Independent Study (CMGT 6900) may be counted toward the 48 units required for the degree. Project credit may not exceed 4 units.
A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in all 48-quarter units taken to satisfy the degree requirements. All graduate degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years.
A Sample Program for this degree can be found at the department website: www20.csueastbay.edu/csci/departments/engineering/.
Students accumulating more than 8 units of work graded “I” may not register for courses applicable to the degree until the “I” grades are removed.
Required Courses (36 units)
Elective Courses (8 units)
Eight (8) quarter units of graduate course credit from the following list or other graduate courses with department approval.
Capstone Experience (4 units)
To complete a research project, students enroll in CMGT 6899 below. The Project is a capstone cumulative experience based on the coursework completed for the degree and is accompanied by a written document. A faculty member from the department supervises the student’s work.* Note: see the Errata chapter of this catalog for minor changes.
Grades of “RP” (Report in Progress) may be given for a Project that is not completed at the end of the quarter. The “RP” grade must be removed within one year or it will become an “F.”
Granting the Degree
Upon satisfaction of all requirements for the degree, the department will recommend that the candidate be granted the Master of Science degree in Construction Management. Students must file for graduation by the end of the second week of the quarter prior to the quarter in which they expect to graduate.
Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.