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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Construction Management, MS

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Contact Information 

Phone:  (470) 578-4215

Program Description 

Kennesaw State University’s Construction Management Department began offering the Master’s in Construction Management (M.S.) degree in 1995.

Admission Requirements  

The following are requirements beyond the general Graduate Admissions  requirements:

Admission to the Master of Science with a major in Construction Management is open to persons holding the Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Architecture, Management or a related degree from an accredited college or university. 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 academic accomplishments and work experience demonstrate that they can successfully complete the program.

Applicants must supply all of the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to be considered for admission:

Admission Materials:

  • Application for admission to the program
  • Official copy of scores on the Graduate Record Exam “General Test”; or the GMAT
  • Official transcript from each college the applicant has attended
  • At least three recommendation forms which have been completed by supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues, one of which must be from the current supervisor. 
  • An application letter, which should state your interest and goals for the MS and the potential use of the degree.  

*Additional requirements for international students (applying from outside the United States) 

Admissions Criteria:

  • A score of 291 (new scoring system) 850 (old scoring system) or better on the General Test (verbal and quantitative) of the GRE, or a score of 500 on the GMAT
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale

GRE/GMAT Waiver Admission: 

Applicants may request for waiver for admission without the GRE/GMAT based on the meeting one of the criteria below.

  • The applicant has at least ten years of full-time construction professional experience demonstrating progressive responsibilities in estimation, scheduling, project controls, project management or leadership positions.
  • The applicant has at least 3.25 undergraduate GPA and at least five years of full-time construction professional experience demonstrating progressive responsibilities in estimation, scheduling, project controls, project management or leadership positions.
  • The applicant has at least 3.5 undergraduate GPA in a construction related degree from Kennesaw State University or another ACCE accredited institution, or in an ABET accredited engineering degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • The applicant has already earned a graduate degree from an institution regionally accredited at the time of degree conferral, or its equivalent in the case of students applying with an international education background.

Note: Meeting one of the criteria above allows the candidate to request a waiver, but it does not guarantee that the waiver will be granted. Final admission decision is at discretion of KSU CM graduate program administration. 

Regular Deadlines:

All admissions materials must be received by:

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases:

Currently, there are no exceptions to the admission requirements. 

Transfer Credit 

No credit from outside institutions is accepted for this degree program. 

Petition to Graduate 

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies 


The Master’s in Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE).

Program of Study

Construction Degree Option (20 Credit Hours)

Select one of the options listed below.

Elective Option

Select five construction elective courses (four credits each), up to two of which may be approved courses from another graduate department.

Thesis Option

Project Option

Select five 4-hour construction elective courses at the 6000 level.  Up to 3 of these courses may be replaced by project courses, CM 7701-CM 7703 A grade of “C” or better is required for each course applied to the degree program

In all graduate programs, a minimum of a 3.00 G.P.A. is required. No grades below ‘C’ may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements, and a maximum of 2 ‘C’ grades at the level of 6000 or above may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements.

A cumulative 3.00 grade point average is required in all courses that apply to the degree.

Program Total (36 Credit Hours)

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)
  • Residential and Light Construction Methods (CM 3110)
  • Structural Systems (CM 5030)
  • Computer Applications in Construction (CM 3000)
  • Construction Scheduling (CM 4510)
  • Construction Quantity Surveying (CM 3410)
  • Construction Finance and Feasibility (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 coursework
  • Successfully completing competency testing developed by the Program

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