M.S. Degree in Construction Management

The Master of Science in Construction Management is a career-focused degree offering working adults the flexibility to complete an advanced degree online while keeping their jobs. The program will integrate applied learning, scientific theory, humanistic understanding, creativity and research to solve real-world problems in construction to help grow the economy and to serve the global construction industry. The program is primarily intended for construction graduates with five or more years of experience in the construction industry.

Learning Outcomes and Program Objectives

At program completion, graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate sufficient professional skills and knowledge to engage in the construction industry at the middle- to senior management level. This will include mastery of the following:

  1. Critical thinking and creativity in problem solving and decision making in construction.
  2. Effective and professional oral and written communications through the use of information and communication technology.
  3. Principles of leadership in business and management including advanced construction management practices, complex project decision making, and associated risk management.
  4. Professional ethics including application to construction situations and choices.

These objectives are in alignment with the American Council for Construction Education Master’s program learning outcome requirements.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for the program include: 

  • a bachelor’s degree in construction or a construction-related field from an accredited institution; 

  • a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; 

  • and demonstrated experience in the discipline as evidenced by a resumé. 

Those with a non-construction-related degree may be considered for admission to the program upon completing one of the three following conditions: 

  • Prerequisite coursework in the following content areas: Environmental Systems-HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing, Advanced Construction Estimating, Management of Construction, and Legal Aspects of Construction, with a grade of “B” or better. Applicants who are denied admission due to deficiencies in these prerequisites will be advised that the courses can be taken at UW-Stout as a special non-degree student but this will not guarantee admission into the graduate program. The undergraduate deficiency courses can also be taken at any regionally accredited degree granting institution.

  • Evidence of equivalent courses/professional knowledge; or 

  • Proof of an American Institute of Constructors Certification at the Associate Constructor (Level 1) or the Certified Constructor (Level 2).

Send resumé and proof of certification to: 

     Elizabeth McRoberts
     161 Jarvis Hall, Technology Wing
     Menomonie, WI 54751 

Program Curriculum

The M.S. in Construction Management is a 30-credit program of study consisting of seven 3-credit courses and a 3-credit course in research methodology. Additionally, either a 6-credit thesis or a 3-credit professional seminar and a 3-credit research paper are required to complete the course of study. For current information on program plan, please contact program director, John Killingsworth at killingsworthj@uwstout.edu  

Demand for Graduates

Despite the current effects of the recession on the construction industry, leaders in this field still identify a significant need for employees with undergraduate and graduate level degrees who have a solid grounding in infrastructure, sustainability, and renewable energy. According to the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a “faster than average” rate of employment growth projected until 2018, particularly for those who “have a bachelor’s or higher degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering, plus practical work experience in construction.”


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