The MCSM Program was started in 1986 when approval was received from the State of South Carolina to offer the state's only graduate program in construction education. All courses in both programs are taught live on the Clemson University campus and via distance learning technology. Clemson's distance-learning master's degree program, which began in 1992, is the only totally distance-learning construction master's degree program in the United States. It is one of four master's degree distance-learning programs that the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in Washington, DC recognizes and promotes to its members as a means to attain a graduate level degree and to teach in the discipline. In addition, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in Gainesville, FL has recognized Clemson's graduate programs as a step in their construction industry career path and has promoted it as a component of their Project Management Academy taught at Clemson University and other locations throughout the United States.
Many students pursue the MCSM degree at Clemson for a variety of reasons:
Clemson’s distance-learning master’s degree program is the only totally distance-learning construction master’s degree program in the United States. It is one of four master’s degree distance-learning programs nationally that the AGC recognizes and promotes to its members as a means to attain a graduate level degree and to teach in the discipline. The NCCER has recognized Clemson’s program as a step in their construction industry career path and has promoted it as a component of their Project Management Academy taught at Clemson.
The Mission of the Department of Construction Science and Management is to offer a comprehensive program of education, service and research activities consistent with the Mission of Clemson University and Strategic Plan of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, for the purpose of improving the quality of the construction industry and thus the built environment.
To realize the mission, the department has the following major goals as it relates to its graduate master's degree and certificate programs:
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
Past 2 years
The MCSM degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. This includes a minimum of 12 semester hours from the department core (CSM 8600, 8610, 8620, 8630, 8640, 8650, and/or 8910) in addition to CSM 8520 and CSM 8890 (CSM 8890 is not taken for the Thesis Program Option).
When a candidate does not have the necessary prerequisite skills and knowledge, additional course work will be required in one or more of the following areas:
- Materials and Methods: Descriptive study of the materials and methods of construction focusing on nomenclature, building materials and assembly of building systems consisting of wood, masonry, foundations, interior and exterior finishes, steel, concrete and roof assemblies.
- Contract Documents: Working drawings, specifications and the various contracts required to carry out a construction project.
- Estimating: Quantity take-off of materials, assigning labor and equipment production rates, pricing and wage rates.
- Scheduling: Planning and scheduling concepts as they relate to a construction project such as the critical path method, resource loading and cost analysis.
- Project Management: Study of construction business organizations, methods of project delivery, field organization, policy, ethics, project management, labor relations and productivity.
The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.