Program Overview

The Master of Science in Construction Management online program was developed in 2002 to serve professionals who work at diverse construction project locations and are unable to commute to a university. All courses are taught by faculty from the UW departments of Construction Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering. With a unique focus on the heavy construction industry, this program gives you the technical construction and management knowledge critical to lead major infrastructure projects. You will study a range of topics, including marine construction, cost estimating, utility construction, construction law, pavement construction, environmental regulations, cost analysis and more. You will also learn how to deal with changes in the field, such as the need to replace aging infrastructures, advances in technology and materials, environmental and energy concerns, legal issues and new management practices.

Program Format

Designed for working professionals, this program is offered completely online, and you can attend part or full time. To earn the degree, you must earn 45 graduate credits by successfully completing 14 courses and a research paper. Students who take one course per quarter can complete the degree in three to four years. Once you are enrolled in the first course, you have five years from that quarter to finish the program, whether your status at the time of enrollment is matriculated or graduate nonmatriculated (GNM).

Who Should Apply

The Master of Science in Construction Management online program is designed for professionals who want to enter or advance in the construction management field. If you have an undergraduate degree in a field other than construction management, construction science, construction engineering, or civil engineering, you may apply to this program after taking the necessary prerequisite courses. Students come from a variety of work backgrounds. Most are from construction companies, construction management consulting firms, design firms, public agencies or the military.

Related Graduate Certificate Programs

If you are unsure whether you ultimately want to pursue a master's degree, you have the option of first enrolling in a single course or in one of these two online, graduate-level certificate programs: Heavy Construction Project Management or Infrastructure Construction. If you think you might want to apply these credits toward a master's degree, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) status before enrolling in your first course.

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At a Glance

Credits: 45
Learning Format: Online
Length: 3-4 years
Costs: $730 per credit ($32,850 for complete degree)


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