Program: Construction Management, M.S.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) degree is intended to serve owners’ representatives, consulting engineers, architects, design engineers, contractors, and subcontractors, who have a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Engineering or a related field. Graduates will gain knowledge, technical skills, and managerial abilities needed for success in the construction industry, attain leadership in the field, and increase career opportunities in the construction industry. Graduates will be able to meet industry and government needs for professionals in construction management-related positions. The MSCM degree is offered by the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management (CECM).

Program Requirements

A. Admission to the Program

All successful applicants must meet the following requirements before they can enroll.

  1. Satisfaction of all requirements for admission to the University.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or in an affiliated field.
  3. Approval by the department.

B. For Advancement to Classified Graduate Status

  1. Satisfaction of University requirements for classified status.
  2. Completion of all requirements stated in individual admissions documents.
  3. Submit a tentative program of study to the CECM graduate coordinator.
  4. Approval by the CECM graduate coordinator.

C. Degree Requirements

Satisfaction of University requirements for the M.S. degree (see Graduate Studies section of this Catalog) and completion of 30 units under the Thesis, Project, or Comprehensive Examination Plan.

1. Required Core Courses (18 units)

CM 508 Construction Information Technology (3)
CM 510 Business Practices in Construction (3)
CM 601 Advanced Construction Contracts (3)
CM 604 Advanced Project Controls (3)
CM 605 Construction Quality Management (3)
CM 609 Advanced Construction Materials (3)

2. Electives (6-9 units)

Students selecting the Comprehensive Exam or Graduate Project take 9 units of electives. Students selecting the Graduate Thesis take 6 units of electives. If CM 415/L and CM 480 or equivalent courses were not completed as part of an undergraduate degree program, they must be taken from the below list. Students cannot take more than 6 units of 400-level courses toward the degree.

ACCT 505 Financial and Managerial Accounting in Industry (3)
BLAW 508 Business Law (3)
CE 526 Geotechnical Foundation Design (3)
CM 401 Construction Contract Administration (3)
CM 415/L Fundamentals of Construction Management and Lab (2/1)
CM 441/L Highway Design and Lab (2/1)
CM 480 Construction Law (3)
CM 511 Program Management (3)
CM 602 Advanced Project Management (3)
CM 603 Advanced Contract Administration (3)
CM 606 Green Infrastructure (3)
CM 607 Pipeline Construction and Rehabilitation (3)
FIN 502 Managerial Finance (3)
GBUS 600 Analysis of Contemporary Organizations (3)
GBUS 640 Entrepreneurship (3)
MGT 620 Organizational Behavior (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
SOM 591 Business Analytics Foundation (3)

3. Culminating Experience (3-6 units)

Students must choose one culminating experience: Comprehensive Exam, Graduate Project, or Graduate Thesis.

CM 697 Comprehensive Exam (3)
or CM 698C Graduate Project (3)
or CM 698C Graduate Thesis (3-3)

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 30


Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management
Chair: Anwar Alroomi
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4507
(818) 677-2166

Graduate Coordinator: Sami Maalouf
(818) 677-6973

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Master of Science in Construction Management will be able to:

  1. Exhibit the planning, organization, execution and legal skills of a construction manager.
  2. Compare construction management technologies, innovations and processes.
  3. Evaluate the logistics underlying construction systems and devise strategies for managing these complexities.
  4. Demonstrate the financial, managerial and cognitive acumen of a leader in the construction industry.
  5. Analyze how issues of cost, schedule and design impact project development and implementation.
  6. Apply global, ethical and sustainability perspectives to construction management knowledge.