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Construction Science Management


The MCSM program provides students with a high level of skill and understanding in the areas of construction project and control. The degree focuses on the advanced study in the field of business techniques, in new and emerging technologies for construction project delivery systems and in the administration of construction firms. All courses in both programs are taught live on the Clemson University campus and via distance learning technology.

Many students pursue the MCSM degree and certificate at Clemson for a variety of reasons:

  • Self-fulfillment
  • Greater expertise in the construction industry
  • Preparation to teach at a technical college or university
  • Advancement within their company
  • Earn an advanced construction degree to compliment a non-construction-related undergraduate degree
  • Flexible curriculum
  • Thesis or non-thesis option
  • Distance-learning option
  • Clemson University's reputation
  • Strong relationship with the construction industry
  • Excellent assistantship opportunities
  • Excellent job opportunities and placement

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in construction science, construction management, building construction or a related area
  • GPA of 3.0 from undergraduate degree
  • GRE
  • TOEFL/IELTS (for foreign students)
  • One year of approved construction industry experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and/or graduate schools
  • A detailed resume of construction industry experience


Students pursuing the MCSM degree have two degree options:
  • Thesis Option
    • A minimum of 36 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, which is also part of the department's core.
    • Satisfactory performance on a final oral examination relating to the student's thesis and program of study is required.
  • Non-thesis Option
    • A minimum of 36 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.
    • Both include a minimum of 12 semester hours from the department core CSM 8600 (Financial Planning and Analysis), CSM 8610 (Construction Control Systems), CSM 8620 (Personnel Management and Negotiations), CSM 8630 (Advanced Planning and Scheduling), CSM 8640 (Business Strategy and Marketing), CSM 8650 (Project Management), and/or 8910 (Master’s Thesis Research), CSM 8520 (Construction Management Research) and CSM 8890 (Special Problem). CSM 8890 is not taken for the Thesis Program Option.

South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.


For more information about this online program, please visit the MCSM program website, or contact the program advisors, Shima Clarke,, 864-656-4498 and Deborah Anthony,, 864-656-0181.

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Program contacts

Shima Clarke, Program Advisor 

Deborah Anthony, Program Advisor