Master's Degree in Construction Management


Am I qualified to get into an online construction management master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from former or current employers

Writing Samples


A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations



There is no formal entrance examination required for admission into graduate-level construction management programs, so applicants are customarily asked to submit a GRE score.

  • Average Scores (Architecture and Environmental Design):
    • 150 Verbal
    • 154 Quantitative
    • 3.5 Analytical Writing

Additional Requirements


Some programs will require or heavily favor candidates who have earned a certificate related to construction management, civil engineering, or other similar fields.

Prerequisite Courses

Many programs require prior coursework in construction, engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

What undergraduate degrees do construction management students typically hold?

  • Construction Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in construction management?

  • Apply for employment with construction companies as a high school student and undergraduate, and familiarize yourself with standard construction practices and protocols.
  • Seek membership with a professional organization concentrated in the field of construction management, such as the CMAA or ASCE.
  • Join a student-led club or organization that discusses elements of construction management and participates in career-related competitions and events.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online construction management master’s students?

  • AACE International Scholarships: This award varies between $2,000 and $8,000 per recipient and is reserved for students enrolled full-time in accredited programs concentrated in the fields of civil engineering and construction management.
  • AGC Education and Research Foundation: Awarded to students enrolled in ABET or ACCE accredited graduate programs, AGC offers two graduate scholarships of $3,750 annually for two years.
  • CMAA Foundation Scholarships: The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) awards several scholarships every year to undergraduates and graduate students pursuing construction-related degrees.
  • CalPoly CM Student Scholarships: The Cal Poly university system, which hosts several online degree programs related to construction management, offers several scholarships ranging from $600 to $18,000 for students pursuing a CM degree.
  • Colorado State University CHHS Scholarships: Colorado State, home to one of the nation’s leading online construction management degree programs, offers several scholarships through the school’s College of Health and Human Services.
  • Architecture for Humanity: This fellowship, typically six months in length, allows construction management students to travel across the U.S. and abroad to participate in architectural projects that benefit communities in need.
  • National Building Museum Field Fellowship: This opportunity is available to any master’s or Ph.D. student pursuing a degree or career in architecture or construction management.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online construction management master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • The ability to read blueprints and building designs and plan the best and most efficient way to execute the project
  • Knowledge of legal codes and regulations for the types of materials that can be used for certain construction jobs
  • Awareness of rules and regulations for job-site safety and a knowledge of how to create a safe working environment for your crew
  • Ability to manage several small teams and groups at once while reacting and accommodating for environmental shifts and changes on the job-site
  • Have knowledge of each stage of construction and will be able to work with the designer, the engineers, and the crew to articulate what is needed at each phase

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in construction management, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Civil Engineer

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Texas — $98,560
    • City with Highest Pay

      Midland, TX — $115,590
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Washington — $84,840
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Carson City, NV — $71,440
  • Operating Engineer

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Hawaii — $71,960
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division — $95,050
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Wyoming — $49,210
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Farmington, MN — $43,830
  • Construction Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $122,520
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division — $137,860
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Alaska — $114,950
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Victoria, TX — $66,620
  • Civil Engineer Technician

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $67,680
    • City with Highest Pay

      Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA — $76,380
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Alaska — $67,680
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Ames, IA — $62,080

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the construction management field today?

  • Construction Journal: This publication spotlights current construction projects across the country, as well as employment and educational opportunities.
  • Lean Construction Journal: Published since 2003, this journal aims to highlight research and trends in the field of lean construction, which involves efficient building practices that yield “value-adding, constructible, usable, and maintainable” facilities.
  • Journal of Construction Engineering and Management: Covering the wide-range of topics relevant to construction management, this journal strives to keep readers up-to-date on current practices and theories of this field.
  • Automation in Construction: This journal from Elsevier focuses on all stages of construction, from planning to final product, and how machines and computers can aid in each step.
  • Journal of Construction Engineering: This Hindawi publication features original research and reviews that cover various aspects of the construction engineering sector.

What RSS feeds related to construction management are worth subscribing to?

  • McGraw-Hill Construction: This national construction company features an RSS feed with links to its own news channels, as well as feeds belonging to Architectural Record, GreenSource, and ENR.
  • Eleven RSS feeds, including ‘Sustainability’, Analysis,’ and ‘Special Reports’, are featured on this popular website.
  • Association of Construction and Development: This RSS feed includes dozens of industry-related articles dating back to 2008.
  • ACHR: This website’s news feed features all the latest news and trends involving three key components of building construction: air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration.


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