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Master of Science in Construction Management

Overview

The construction management (CM) MS graduate program is offered 100% online or delivered traditionally on-campus. Graduates of this program will leave with marketable skills dealing with advanced project management principles and practices, critical thinking and creativity, and complex problem solving and decision making in construction projects. They will also be able to integrate information and communication technology in Construction Management.  Texas State will be developing construction professionals who will fill the industry gap for people with advanced management and leadership skills.

The MS in Construction Management program is STEM designated.

The 30-hour program is offered in the following two paths:

  1. Non-Thesis Option. For professional working students whose career goals are to attain advanced knowledge in the Construction Management field.  The courses will be available 100% online to allow students to maintain their employment status.  Students can choose to attend full time or part time.  Full-time students will be able to complete the program in one year.
  2. Thesis Option. For students inclined to go to a Ph.D. program or develop an in-depth knowledge in a specific area.

Non-thesis Option:

Course Number Required Courses SCH
CSM 5314 Technology Management in Construction 3
CSM 5360 Construction Company Financial Control 3
CSM 5362 Pre-Construction Services 3
CSM 5363 Construction Project Delivery and Leadership 3
CSM 5364 Decision Making in Construction Management 3
CSM 5366 Soil in Construction 3
CSM 5368 Sustainable Construction 3
CSM 5369 Construction Dispute Resolution 3
CSM 5380 Construction Safety Management 3
Course Number Prescribed Elective Courses
(choose 1 course from the following)
SCH
CSM 5365 Construction Project Control 3
CSM 5367 Principles of Leadership in Construction 3
CSM 5384 Special Topics in Construction 3
Total 30

Thesis Option:

Course Number Required Courses SCH
CSM 5314 Technology Management in Construction 3
CSM 5362 Pre-Construction Services 3
CSM 5364 Decision Making in Construction Management 3
CSM 5366 Soil in Construction 3
CSM 5368 Sustainable Construction 3
TECH 5390 Research in Technology 3
TECH 5394 Design of Industrial Experiments 3
CSM 5399A Thesis 3

Choose a minimum of 3 credit hours from the following:

CSM 5199B Thesis 1
CSM 5299B Thesis 2
CSM 5399B Thesis 3
CSM 5599B Thesis 5
CSM 5999B Thesis 9
Course Number Prescribed Elective Courses
(choose 1 course from the following)
SCH
CSM 5360 Construction Company Financial Control 3
CSM 5363 Construction Project Delivery and Leadership 3
CSM 5365 Construction Project Control 3
CSM 5367 Principles of Leadership in Construction 3
CSM 5369 Construction Dispute Resolution 3
CSM 5380 Construction Safety Management 3
CSM 5384 Special Topics in Construction 3
CIM 5330 Advanced Concrete Technology 3
CIM 5340 Innovation Strategies for the Concrete Industry 3
Total 30

Comprehensive Examination

All students are required by the Graduate College to successfully complete a comprehensive examination before graduating. For non-thesis option, comprehensive exams will be offered in the form of an online exam in the last semester. For thesis option, comprehensive questions pertaining to the research will be given in an oral format at the defense meeting.


Advisement

It is critical that new students contact the Construction Management Graduate Advisor as soon as feasible upon admission to the program. The Graduate Advisor will assist the new student with transcript evaluation, identification of deficiencies, and specification of necessary prerequisite course work. The Graduate Advisor will also assist the new student in selecting appropriate courses for their first semester of graduate enrollment and with such substantive issues as degree audit preparation. Interested parties may contact the Graduate Advisor or the Engineering Technology Department Chair for information regarding the Master of Science in Construction Management Degree at Texas State University.


Assistantships

A limited number of graduate Research/Instructional/Teaching assistantships may be available from time to time. Research Assistants typically work with faculty on research and other special projects. Instructional Assistants are usually involved with instructing undergraduates in a laboratory setting. A Research or Instructional Assistant's workload will never exceed 20 hours per week. A Research or Instructional Assistant may become eligible for a Teaching Assistantship after completing 18 semester hours toward the masters degree. Teaching Assistants typically teach freshman level courses under faculty supervision. A Teaching Assistant's workload will never exceed two undergraduate classes per long term. Stipends available for assistantship positions will be determined by university guidelines. Those interested in applying for assistantship positions should contact the Construction Management Graduate Advisor for details and application instructions.


Graduate College Scholarships and Fellowships

For more information about scholarships, fellowships, financial aid and application deadlines, visit Texas State’s Graduate College Web site at www.gradcollege.txstate.edu and click on Financing Your Graduate Education.


Graduate Faculty

  • Kim, Hyunhwan, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology - Construction Science and Management. Ph.D. Texas State University; M.S. Texas State University, South Korea; B.S. Kangwon National University, South Korea.
  • Kim, Yoo Jae, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology - Concrete Industry Management.  Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis, MO; M.S. Washington University, St. Louis, MO; M.S. Kon-Kuk University, South Korea; B.S. Kon-Kuk University, South Korea.
  • Kisi, Krishna, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology - Concrete Science and Management.  Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln; M.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas; B.S. Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
  • Lee, Soon-Jae, Professor of Engineering Technology - Construction Science and Management. Ph.D. Clemson University; M.S. Kangwon National University, South Korea; B.S. Kangwon National University, South Korea.
  • Spencer, BJ, Assistant Professor of Practice of Engineering Technology - Construction Science and Management program; Ph.D. of Education, TX State University; M.Arch., Texas A&M University; B.S. in Home Economics-Interior Design, Southwest Texas State University.
  • Talley, Kimberly G., Associate Professor of Engineering Technology - Construction Science and Management.  Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin; M.S.E, University of Texas at Austin; B.S. Construction Engineering Management, North Carolina State University; B.S. History, North Carolina State University.
  • Torres, Anthony S., Associate Professor of Engineering Technology - Concrete Industry Management.  Ph.D. University of New Mexico; M.S. University of New Mexico; B.S. New Mexico State University.
  • Wilde, James, Professor of Engineering Technology - Concrete Industry Management program and Program Director; Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; M.S.E,Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; B.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University.
  • Winek, Gary J., Professor of Engineering Technology and Construction Science and Management Director.  Ph.D. University of Maryland; M.Ed. Ball State University; B.S. University of Wisconsin at Stout.