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Leveling Requirements

Students admitted to the Master of Science program in Construction Management at Colorado State University, with degrees in disciplines other than baccalaureate construction programs, may be required to complete a series of undergraduate courses to fulfill leveling requirements.  Leveling course requirements will be determined for each applicant depending on academic background and work experience.  This evaluation is completed by the Graduate Program Coordinator once the applicant is selected for admission.  Admitted students may be required to take some or all of the leveling courses as determined by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Leveling course credits cannot be used towards the required 30-33 credits for the Graduate Program of Study.

Leveling courses include:

  • CON 265 Plan Reading and Quantity Survey (3 credit)
  • CON 365 Estimating II (3 credits)
  • CON 367 Construction Contracts and Project Administration (3 credits)
  • CON 461 Scheduling and Cost Control (3 credits)

Effective for new admits starting in the 2015-2016 academic year: students required to take leveling courses should score a “B” or higher to clear the requirement and leveling courses cannot be audited or taken in a pass/fail grading scheme.

For more information please contact the CM Graduate Program Advisor at cmgradadvising@colostate.edu

Advisor Requirements

CM Graduate Program Advisor will put a registration hold on all first year graduate students starting October 1st for Spring registration. To have the hold removed, students must secure a permanent faculty advisor or meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator to discuss progress toward securing a faculty advisor. Once a permanent faculty advisor is confirmed, the registration hold will be removed.

Program of Study Requirements

CM Graduate Program Advisor will put a registration hold on all first year graduate students starting March 15th for Fall registration. To have the hold removed, students must complete and submit their Program of Study (GS6 form) to the Graduate School. Once that form is submitted, the registration hold will be removed.

Departmental Graduation Requirements

  • Submit a journal or proceedings article with your faculty advisor
  • Submit an electronic PDF copy of your Thesis or Professional Paper to CM Graduate Program Advisor by email to CMgradadvising@colostate.edu

Time Limit for Degree Completion

Effective for new admits starting in the 2014-2015 academic year

Each semester, the CM Graduate Program Advisor will put an advising hold on students who have completed coursework but not thesis/paper or students who are registering for Continuous Registration but have courses needed to be completed. Approval from faculty advisor is required to lift hold based on progress toward degree completion.

Based on Graduate School guidelines, “E.1.3 SCHOLASTIC STANDARDS”, when a student’s graduate advisory committee or an appropriate departmental graduate committee finds that a student is making unsatisfactory progress toward the degree and that satisfactory progress cannot be anticipated, a plan should be created with the faculty advisor as a course of action. The progress toward degree completion will be limited to five years.


Course Descriptions

CON 502 Research in Construction Management I Credits: 3 (2-0-1)
  • Course Description: Research, discuss, and present current issues and trends in the construction industry related to business, management, engineering, and technology.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Must register for lecture and recitation. Credit not allowed for both CON 502 and CON 562.
  • Term Offered: Fall.
CON 503 Research in Construction Management II Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  • Course Description: Models and methods of disciplined inquiry used in diverse application-based organizations. Preparation to use disciplined inquiry methods to solve applied problems in construction management or related fields. Topics include problem/topic selection, writing research questions and objectives, literature reviews, selection of research methods, data collection and analysis, and conclusions and implications.
  • Prerequisite: CON 502.
  • Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both CON 503 and CON 500.
  • Term Offered: Spring.
CON 511 Project Procurement and Preconstruction Credits: 3 (2-0-1)
  • Course Description: Advanced project procurement procedures with a focus on early design phase planning applications and preconstruction management techniques.
  • Prerequisite: CON 461.
  • Registration Information: Must register for lecture and recitation. Credit not allowed for both CON 511 and CON 566.
  • Term Offered: Fall.
CON 512 Post-Award Construction Management Credits: 3 (2-0-1)
  • Course Description: Advanced topics related to post-award construction management issues with a focus on multiple project controls and project risk management.
  • Prerequisite: CON 461.
  • Registration Information: Must register for lecture and recitation. Credit not allowed for both CON 512 and CON 560.
  • Term Offered: Spring.
CON 521 Sustainable Building & Infrastructure Systems Credits: 3 (2-0-1)
  • Course Description: Issues and state-of-the-art resources needed to construct, remodel/retrofit, operate and maintain the built environment (buildings and infrastructure). Specifically, resources will include major materials, components and technologies, as well as energy and water resources are needed in the different life-cycle phases of the building or infrastructure project.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Must register for lecture and recitation. Credit not allowed for both CON 521 and CON 576.
  • Term Offered: Spring.
CON 561 Applied Productivity Improvement Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  • Course Description: Existing and emerging tools for productivity enhancement in project and production environment.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Admission to the construction management master's program.
  • Term Offered: Varies.
CON 565 Legal Aspects of Construction Process Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  • Course Description: Common points of dispute; methods of avoiding disputes among owner, architect, engineer, and contractor.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Admission to the construction management master's program.
  • Term Offered: Varies.
CON 568 Construction Industry Institute Practices Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  • Course Description: Senior executives from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) present best practices developed by CII over the last 25 years.
  • Prerequisite: CON 367.
  • Term Offered: Varies.
CON 569 Regulatory Impact on ConstructionCredits: 3 (3-0-0)
  • Course Description: Role government plays in the design and construction of the built environment.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Admission to the construction management master's program.
  • Term Offered: Varies.
CON 571 Facility Planning and Management Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  • Course Description: Planning, organizing and managing large educational and/or commercial facilities.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Admission to the construction management master's program.
  • Term Offered: Fall.
CON 577 Leadership of Sustainable Community Projects Credits: 3 (2-0-1)
  • Course Description: Learn and apply principles of sustainable construction management through leading and building service-learning projects.
  • Prerequisite: CON 476 or CON 450/INTD 450.
  • Registration Information: Required background check.
  • Term Offered: Varies.
CON 592 Seminar Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
  • Course Description: Special Topics in Construction
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Registration Information: Admission to the construction management master's program
  • Term Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
CON 684 Supervised College Teaching Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
  • Course Description: Earn credit for assisting faculty with course preparation, teaching, and/or grading.
  • Registration Information: Must find faculty sponsor and get Supervised College Teaching Form from CM Advising Office.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
CON 695 Independent Study Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
  • Course Description: Earn credit for participating in an internship working in the construction industry. Must find faculty sponsor and get Graduate Internship Form from CM Advising Office.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Students who would like to register for internship or independent study credits will need to identify a faculty sponsor to draft a plan and deliverables resulting from those experiences. The deliverables cannot be the used toward the student’s thesis or professional research paper. The student will be advised by her/his faculty sponsor during the course of the internship or independent study. The typical deliverable of such an experience is a paper co-authored by the student and her/his faculty sponsor.
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

*Students who would like to register for internship or independent study credits will need to identify a faculty sponsor to draft a plan and deliverables resulting from those experiences. The deliverables cannot be the used toward the student’s thesis or professional research paper. The student will be advised by her/his faculty sponsor during the course of the internship or independent study. The typical deliverable of such an experience is a paper co-authored by the student and her/his faculty sponsor.