Prospective Graduate Students

About the Program

The Department of Construction Management offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree. The focus of the department is on professional programs that successfully combine theory and application with a strong emphasis in applied management. The master’s program is an advanced curriculum designed to allow students to tailor a portion of the specialization requirements to meet individual interests and goals.

The Construction Management Department at Colorado State University is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program.

The Department of Construction Management faculty members pursue applied research opportunities by maintaining a close association with the needs of the regional, national, and global Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry. In pursuing this applied research, the faculty has identified three core Research Alliance areas that span research, teaching, and outreach activities and provide a common ground for interaction between faculty and students. As the demands of the industry change over time, these Research Alliance areas may evolve and additional areas may be established. Current Research Alliance areas are:

  • Sustainability (e.g., energy-efficient buildings, sustainable development and construction, social sustainability, life cycle assessment)
  • Transportation Infrastructure (e.g., asset management, traffic and work-zone safety, transportation project management, asphalt and concrete paving)
  • Productivity and Workforce Development (e.g., construction safety, construction leadership, construction pedagogy and training, construction productivity improvement)

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted once a year to start in the Fall semester. The class will be limited to 20-25 students. The program does not admit for Spring or Summer semesters.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications will be reviewed (only after all required, official application materials are received) on a rolling admission basis until the application deadline. While the deadline for applications is February 1, earlier applications are strongly encouraged due to class size restrictions and to take advantage of the rolling admission policy. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision within four weeks of submitting their completed applications. This four weeks policy does not apply to the applications received during summer months (May – August) or winter break (December – January) during which it may take longer to notify the applicant of the admission decision.

The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the CM program.

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in an area related to one of the following: construction, engineering, architecture, or business. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for applicants with significant and relevant construction industry experience.
  • 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale). Occasional exceptions may be made if applicant demonstrates ability to successfully complete graduate-level work. Applicants also may be eligible for a Track II admission, based on a minimum of five years professional experience in the industry. Refer to the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for further details.
  • The GRE is required for all applicants.
  • For International Applicants a minimum English proficiency score is required (TOEFL score of 213 - computer based; 550 - paper based; 80 - internet based or IELTS score of 6.5).
  • Completion of prerequisite courses may be required depending on student’s education and work experience. These courses may not count towards the 30-33 credits required for the graduate curriculum. Applicants are notified of required prerequisite courses upon admission to the graduate program.

Application Process

Apply Online

  • Visit the online application to apply for Fall 2019 or future term. The application deadline for Fall 2019 is February 1st 2019. This program only admits for Fall terms. All application materials (including official test scores and transcripts) must be received before the deadline for an application to be reviewed.
  • Submit Application Materials – After submitting your online application and paying your application fee, begin submitting your supporting materials to complete your application
    • Upload supporting documents directly to your application
    • To submit official transcripts. Contact your previous institutions to request they submit official transcripts to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075).
    • To submit test scores, contact the testing agency to request that scores be sent to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075).
    • For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:
      Graduate Admissions
      Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
      1062 Campus Delivery
      Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
  • Check Your Application Status – View the status of your application at any time to ensure your application checklist in complete or check on updates.

Required Application Materials

  • Official transcripts of all previously earned college credits from each institution attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Complete resume describing all academic and work experience.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The statement of purpose summarizes your long-term professional or personal goals and explains how the master’s degree will assist you in attaining these goals. Specifically, your statement of purpose needs to include:
      • A summary of your long-term professional or personal goals.
      • A statement regarding your educational goals.
      • A statement indicating how this learning will contribute to your long-term goals.
      • A list of factors that led you to consider Colorado State University for graduate study.
      • Briefly discuss your particular research interests. Outline a research topic (as specific as possible) that you would like to work on during your master’s degree. It is acknowledged that your research interests may evolve as you make progress in graduate school. You will not be required to pursue the exact same research topic that you outlined in this document if you get admitted. This information will be used to identify whether your research interests align well with those of the faculty in our department. We will also use this information to assign you a preliminary advisor. Please visit our research faculty directory to learn more about our faculty and their research interests.
  • GRE scores need to be requested by the applicant to be sent from the Educational Testing Service ( to Colorado State University.
  • International Applicants- TOEFL or IELTS English Proficiency scores need to be requested by the applicant to be sent to Colorado State University.
    • Minimum English proficiency score is required: TOEFL score of 213 - computer based; 550 - paper based;80 - internet based or IELTS score of 6.5.

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 courses include:

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

Leveling course credits cannot be used towards the required 30-33 credits for the Graduate Program of Study.

Once Admitted

Applicants that are selected for admission will receive a Notice of Admission and Acceptance Letter. Applicants will be notified of admission decision no later than April 15th. Applicants will be notified of required prerequisite courses in their acceptance letter. Once a student is admitted and confirms acceptance of admission then the advising office will assist the student in registering for classes.

Graduate School: Steps Once Admitted


See Curriculum section under Current Students

Financial Assistance and Graduate Assistantships

See Financial Assistance and Graduate Assistantships page


A graduate student orientation is held by the Department each fall semester. All newly admitted graduate students are required to attend during the first fall semester enrolled. The Graduate School also conducts a Graduate Student Orientation each fall and will contact you directly regarding the schedule.


Once you have been admitted and establish your eID, you can access the registration system in RAMweb. Once logged in, access the "Class Schedule". The CM Advisors will notify you of required and suggested courses for your first semester.


Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

The Graduate Program in Construction Management is WICHE Approved. Residents of any one of the following western states are eligible for in-state tuition:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Learn more about WICHE