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Construction Management

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Texas State is located in San Marcos, Texas, part of the booming Austin Metropolitan Area. Students have opportunities in construction-oriented research, internships, and employment.

Texas State’s construction management master’s degree is based on nationally recognized academic standards along with feedback from the department’s Construction Advisory Board.

The program prepares students to become innovative professionals and leaders in the global construction marketplace.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Soon-Jae Lee
Roy F. Mitte (RFM), Room 2213

“The construction industry is dynamic, and advancements in technology are fostering new approaches to project delivery. The master’s program will further prepare students seeking to advance their careers as the next generation of leaders in the construction industry.ˮ

— Chris Peck, Senior Vice President/Dallas Office Leader at J.E. Dunn Construction

Course Work

The 30-hour program has two options:

  • Non-Thesis Option. For professional working students whose career goals are to attain advanced knowledge in the construction management field. The courses will be available 100% online to allow students to maintain their employment status. Students can choose to attend full time or part time. Full-time students will be able to complete the program in one year.
  • Thesis Option. For students inclined to go to a Ph.D. program or develop in-depth knowledge in a specific research area through the writing of a thesis.
Degree Hours Thesis Option
M.S. 30 Non-Thesis
M.S. 30 Thesis
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Online Availability
The non-thesis option of this program can be completed 100% online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International applicants may be eligible to receive a Form I-20 or DS-2019 for an F-1 or J-1 visa from Texas State and complete courses in person in order to maintain the eligibility requirements. Contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) with questions.

Graduates of the department include company owners, CEOs of regional corporations, and many managers of construction contractors throughout Texas and the Southwest.

Program Mission

The program aims to:

  • apply advanced project management principles and practices to construction projects
  • evaluate and select principles of leadership in business and management
  • assemble extensive knowledge of current issues in construction to implement best practices
  • demonstrate the ability to solve complex project decision-making scenarios and their associated risk management in construction
  • integrate information and communication technology in construction management

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Program Faculty

The Department of Engineering Technology is home to many dedicated faculty members who take their commitment to higher education seriously. Faculty stay current in their fields of expertise through continual engagement in applied research, scholarship, and professional development. The department faculty are actively engaged in the execution of external grants and contracts awarded by federal and state agencies, industrial partners, and educational foundations. Faculty are also very active in publishing the results of their research in scholarly journals.

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Career Options

Graduates of the master of science in construction management program secure positions in various construction-focused specialties, including construction contract administration, estimating, scheduling and project management, concrete ready-mix operations, concrete contracting, construction materials sales and distribution, and sustainability.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring June 1 June 1
Summer I March 1 March 1
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*Effective Fall 2023, the Fall deadline will be February 1 for all applicants.

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university in construction related area. Graduates of curricula outside these areas may be required to satisfy program prerequisite before full admission into the program.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • knowledge of construction management demonstrated through previous coursework and/or work experience

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • statement of purpose (maximum two pages) conveying your research/professional interests, plans for graduate study, and professional aspirations
  • resume/CV detailing work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
  • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess the student's ability to succeed in graduate school

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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