Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Construction Management

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
The Masters of Science in Construction management
Professional Certificate in Project Management,
Professional Certificate in Land Development
Professional Certificate in Specialty Construction

Professional Certificate in Highway Project Management

Professional Certificate in Facilities Management
On- Line Professional Certificate in Specialty Construction
Minor in Construction Management

The Master of Science program in Construction Management is designed to offer education in construction and project management to:

  • Practicing U.S. and international professionals educated in related disciplines such as engineering, engineering technology, business or architecture, who desire more knowledge in the construction process
  • Professionals educated in construction or construction management and who wish to pursue the subject in greater depth
  • Persons holding a baccalaureate or higher degree who are actively pursuing a construction industry career but lack education in construction and project management

Program objectives are:

  • To offer a degree oriented toward the practice of construction
  • To deliver this graduate education in an evening and weekend setting
  • To provide a program which will enhance graduates' management skills and advancement opportunities


Admission to the Master of Science program with a major in Construction Management is open to persons holding the bachelor or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university in:

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Technology
  • Architecture
  • Management

In many cases, other degrees may be acceptable.

Preference in admission will be given to applicants having professional experience in a construction work environment. The admission procedure is competitive in that students will be admitted only if their academic accomplishments and work experience demonstrate that they can successfully complete the program.

Admission Procedure

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science program in Construction Management must submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  • An application for admission to the program
  • An official copy of scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • An official transcript from each college the applicant has attended
  • A certificate of immunization
  • At least three recommendation forms which have been completed by supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues; one of which must be from the current supervisor

Students who are accepted into the CM graduate major must attend the mandatory orientation.

Admission Criteria

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science program in Construction Management must meet the following criteria:

Regular Admission:

  • A GRE score of 850 or better on the General Test (verbal and quantitative) or a score of 500 on the GMAT
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale

Provisional Admission: Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements will be considered for provisional admission based on an evaluation of

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Professional industry experience
  • GRE/GMAT scores

Commitment to graduate studies

In the event that any aspect of an applicant's application does not meet the required minimum, probationary acceptance may be granted by the Construction Management Department's Graduate Committee.

NOTE: Students who are admitted under provisional admission will be changed to regular admission by obtaining a GPA of 3.0 or better in the first three CM graduate courses.

Foundation Requirements:

In addition to the 36 required hours for the Masters degree, students may be required to demonstrate competency in the following:

  • English Communication Skills (TCOM 2010)
  • Construction Graphics (CM 2000)
  • Construction Methods and Techniques (CM 3110 or CM 3160)
  • Structural systems (CM 5030)
  • Computer Application Skills in Construction Management (CM 3000)
  • Construction Scheduling (CM 4510)
  • Construction Estimating (CM 3410)
  • Construction Accounting and Finance (CM 3620)

Courses (undergraduate or baccalaureate) taken to show competency in these areas will not count toward the 36 hours required for the Graduate degree. Competency can be shown by:

  • Successfully completing course-work
  • Successfully completing competency testing developed by the Program

Required Core Courses (16 Hours)

CM 6000

Information Methods


CM 6100

Construction Law (or CM 61XX)


CM 6200

Strategic Bidding & Estimating


CM 6600

Risk Analysis & Control





Elective Courses (20 Hours)

CM 6110

Commercial Construction Transactions


CM 6120

Dispute Resolution


CM 6130

Case Studies in Construction


CM 6310

Advanced Scheduling & Integrated Controls


CM 6320

Construction Information Systems


CM 6330

Advanced Operations: VE +


CM 6410

Building Failures & Defective Work


CM 6420

Tall Buildings


CM 6430

Automation & Robotics


CM 6510

Marketing of Construction Services


CM 6520

International Construction


CM 6530

Construction Markets


CM 6540

The Construction Company


CM 6800

Construction Elective (Seminar)


CM 6901-4

CM Special Topics


CM 7701-4

Masters Project


CM 7801-4

Masters Thesis