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Degree Requirements

Time Limit

Students must be enrolled in and complete all coursework to be credited toward any master's degree within six calendar years of the date on which the degree is to be awarded. 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 1 for full-time students; June 1 for distance-learning students

Spring Semester: September 1 for full-time students; November 1 for distance-learning students

Summer Semester: February 1 for full-time students; May 1 for distance-learning students

Requirements for Degree Candidacy

  1. The MCSM degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. This includes taking CSM 8250, CSM 8650, CSM 8660 and any two CSM graduate elective courses for a total of 15 credit hours. The balance would consist of department-approved electives for the non-thesis option or CSM 8910 for up to 9 credit hours of the balance.

  2. When a candidate does not have the necessary prerequisite skills and knowledge from previous approved coursework and/or approved construction-related experience, any deficiencies would have to be satisfied through such means as taking additional undergraduate courses, having passed the American Institute of Constructors AC or CPC certification examination or other NfCSM Department approved equivalent means.

An electronic application is available from the Graduate School Web site.

Requirements for Awarding of a Degree

Thesis Option
  • A minimum of 21 semester hours of approved course work with a B average in the student's prescribed curriculum, including a thesis, is required.
  • A thesis on an approved construction-related topic must be completed satisfactorily. Up to nine semester hours of thesis credit (CSM 8910) may be taken.
  • Satisfactory performance on a final oral examination relating to the student's thesis and program of study is required.
Nonthesis Option
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of approved course work with a B average in the student's prescribed curriculum is required.
  • Satisfactory performance on a written comprehensive examination covering the student's program of study is required.
  • Satisfactory performance on a final oral examination relating to the student's program of study is required in cases in which the student does not pass the comprehensive written exam.