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Department of Construction Science College of Architecture Texas A&M University

  • College Station, TX
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 34%66%
    student ratio
  • 62
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 15
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered

Overview

Building for the Future

The construction education program at Texas A&M University, established in 1946, provides quality construction management education. In 1977, the Department of Construction Science introduced its Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program. Demand for graduates is consistently high and starting salaries are extremely competitive. Graduates of the program typically advance rapidly to positions of responsibility and leadership in professional practice.

The MSCM degree prepares graduates for careers managing commercial, industrial, residential, institutional, civil, and military construction in the roles of contractor, developer, subcontractor, owner's representative, or consultant. Students are challenged to understand construction as a process and to develop management skills based on systematic, logical analysis of available resources and imposed constraints.

The department has about 25 full-time faculty members, 20 of whom hold doctoral degrees. The majority of faculty members also have extensive experience in the construction industry. Many have received awards for outstanding teaching and all take an active role in counseling and mentoring students. Additionally, the faculty members are actively engaged in research, publication, outreach, continuing education, and in activities with professional associations in which many hold national leadership positions.

The MSCM at Texas A&M University is the first master program in construction management to ever receive accreditation by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). As such, the department is proud of the rich, strong, and deep curriculum students in the program receive.

Curriculum

The program offers advanced coursework in construction management for anyone who already earned an undergraduate degree in construction and for students with backgrounds in engineering, architecture, business, or other fields, who seek a change of their careers into construction management.

Students who wish to pursue a Master of Science in Construction Management degree can expect a practical, industry-oriented study of the interdisciplinary and collaborative processes involved in the design, construction and management of the built environment. A student may choose between thesis or non-thesis with a professional paper options.

The curriculum prepares students for successful careers in all aspects of the construction industry with content that includes components of architecture, engineering, business, management, law, construction, building construction, construction program management, and construction science.

Industry Support

One of the strengths of the construction management program is its close and supportive relationship with construction industry partners through the department's Construction Industry Advisory Council (CIAC). The council consists of about 100 member firms that represent all segments of the construction industry. These industry partners provide many forms of assistance to the department, including guest lectures and field trips. The CIAC meets biannually to advise, counsel and exchange information with faculty members and administrators. CIAC firms provide scholarships and research funds for the department and participate twice annually in career fairs that provide students with internship and permanent employment opportunities.

Internships

The Department of Construction Science enjoys a superb relationship with construction and construction-related enterprises. One of the highlights of the academic program is the professional internship. The internship experience is intended to enhance classroom learning with a related, meaningful work experience.

Students in the graduate program may participate in a professional internship to gain valuable experience in the industry. These internships provide students opportunities to work in the construction industry and gain valuable experience to accompany their formal education. During their internships, students enhance their writing and communication skills through a series of required structured writing assignments.

Career Fairs

The Department of Construction Science hosts career fairs during each semester. About 100 companies typically participate in these career fairs, affording students opportunities to meet with industry practitioners while applying for internship positions and permanent employment.

Certificates

The College of Architecture offers graduate certificates in specialized areas that are inherently interdisciplinary. These include certificates in environmental hazard management, facility management, health systems and design, historic preservation, sustainable urbanism, and transportation planning. The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University also offers a certificate in business to non-business graduate students. This certificate provides a general overview of the four major functional areas of business through a set of courses designed for non-business students.

Scholarships

The Department of Construction Science has approximately $2.8 million in endowed scholarship funds and the level of financial support available through grants and scholarships continues to grow. The department annually awards more than $225,000 in scholarships to more than 150 students. A wide range of scholarships is available to students at all levels, though eligibility requirements vary with consideration for such things as academic achievement, financial need, residency, and extracurricular activities.

Graduate Assistantships

Financial assistance is also available through graduate assistantships. Graduate students are selected for teaching (GAT), non-teaching (GANT), or research (GAR) assistantships on a competitive basis prior to each semester. Once assistantship positions become available, the department announces it to all of its current and new graduate students in the program. Typically the department offers about 20 graduate assistantships each semester.

Department and the College

The Department of Construction Science is 1 of 4 departments in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University that also includes departments of Architecture, Visualization, and Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. The departments share facilities and faculty members in order to produce graduates with knowledge and skills to plan, develop, design, construct or visualize the built environment. Together, the departments represent a vibrant research and teaching community that can comprehensively address issues of the built and virtual environments.

With approximately 1800 students, the College of Architecture is the largest of its kind in the nation and the oldest in Texas, having celebrated its first 100 years in 2005. The educational experience of the students from the various departments in the college is enhanced by their interaction in interdisciplinary courses as well as joint projects and membership in professional student organizations. Located in College Station, Texas, students have access to the major design and construction programs under way in 3 of the 10 largest cities of the United States.

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Location & Contact

Department of Construction Science

College of Architecture
Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843
United States

Prof. Joe Horlen

Head

Phone: 979-458-3477
Email: jhorlen@tamu.edu

Dr. Sarel Lavy

Graduate Program Coordinator

Phone: 979-845-0632
Email: slavy@arch.tamu.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Construction Management Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 21
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 15th March 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, 3 recommendation letters, resume, and statement of research interest, minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of applicant's undergraduate degree
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students62
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students62
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Full-time Percentage87%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino14%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty15
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage13%
    • Male Percentage87%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAdvanced project management, construction operation, construction productivity and labor, facility management, information technology in construction, law and risk management, sustainability
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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