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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the master’s degree program must demonstrate a high level of knowledge and understanding of the use and application of construction principles and technology substantially equivalent to the following core competencies:

  • Nature and properties of construction materials
  • Construction documents, their use and interpretation and documentation
  • Development and interpretation of detailed cost estimate
  • Development of a plan to execute a construction project
  • Development and interpretation of a construction project schedule
  • The management of a construction project

The above core competencies can be met in whole or in part by having a Clemson University approved bachelor's degree in construction science, construction management, building construction, or a related area. If met in part, applicants may be required to remedy any deficiencies in previous course work to provide the prerequisite skills and knowledge for the program 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. In addition, applicants from other disciplines may be admitted, but they may also be required to make up any deficiencies 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.

Acceptance must be granted by the Graduate School and the Department of Construction Science and Management. Graduate school acceptance is based on meeting all applicable Clemson University requirements. Acceptance by the department is based on performance in previous undergraduate studies, a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), work experience, and three letters of recommendation. Foreign students must also earn a satisfactory score on the TOEFL.

The minimum admission requirements for MCSM are:

  • GPA of 3.0 from undergraduate degree
  • GRE
  • TOEFL/IELTS (for foreign students)
  • One year of approved construction industry experience preferred
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and/or graduate schools
  • A detailed resume of construction industry experience

Note: Test scores should be sent to the Graduate School.

Transferring Credit into the MCSM Program

Students can transfer up to 9 semester graduate hours from another accredited institution with departmental approval, as long as those credits were not used to obtain another degree.