Master of Construction Management (MCM)

General

Program Description

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 This professional program consists of 30 credits of 100% online course work and the Associate Constructor (AC) 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 passing 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 passing 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.

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Curriculum

The Master of Construction Management degree consists of thirty (30) credits of course work and AC Exam. The following ten (10) courses constitute the thirty (30) credits of course work required for the degree.

CM&E 603 Scheduling and Project Control 3
CM&E 605 Construction Support Operations 3
CM&E 660 Infrastructure Management 3
CM&E 701 Construction Technology and Equipment 3
CM&E 703 Advanced Project Planning and Control 3
CM&E 711 Construction Cost Estimating 3
CM&E 712 Construction Management 3
CM&E 715 Construction Specifications and Contracts 3
CM&E 725 Decision Making and Risk Analysis 3
CM&E 740 Financial and Economic Concepts for Construction Managers 3
CM&E 793 (ACExam) 3
Total Credits 30

Associate Constructor (AC) 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 passing score in order to receive the Master of Construction Management Degree from NDSU. However, students are encouraged to prepare for 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. If a student has the AC designation, he/she may take the CPC Exam before graduation. A passing score also is not required for the CPC Exam.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, to be admitted into the Master of Construction Management, applicants must:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or another related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent to attain full standing.
  • Submit an official transcript for each college/university attended.
  • Submit a two-page resume.
  • Submit a one-page “Statement of Purpose” outlining reasons for pursuing the Master of Construction Management.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation.

Prospective students must submit application materials directly to the NDSU Graduate School via the online application process. Applicants who are deficient in the CGPA requirement are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management. 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 Program.

English Language Test Score Requirements for International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English and who do not possess a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher are subject to minimum English test scores when they apply for admission to the graduate programs.

  • TOEFL ibT: 79
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTE Academic 53

Additionally, if an application is for Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), English Language Proficiency Procedure at the Graduate School website will apply.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and financial aid offered by the CM&E Department, the Graduate School, or NDSU are not available to students in the Master of Construction Management program.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

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