M. S. in Construction Management Additional Information for Current Graduate Students
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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 credits for the Graduate Program of Study.
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)
A grade of “B” or better is required to clear the requirement and leveling courses cannot be audited or taken in a pass/fail grading scheme.
First Year Student Deadlines
- Oct. 1 – secure a permanent faculty adviser. Your faculty adviser needs to email the Graduate Program Liaison to confirm that they have agreed to be your faculty adviser. If this deadline is missed a registration hold will be placed on your account until you secure a permanent faculty adviser.
- March 15 – Complete and submit your “GS6: Program of Study” Form with the help of your adviser. If this deadline is missed a registration hold will be placed on your account until you submit your GS6 Form.
The committee must consist of at least three faculty members for a master’s degree program. The members are as follows:
- The adviser who serves as chairperson of the committee must hold academic faculty rank as a professor, associate professor, or assistant professor of any appointment type within the department or program granting the degree
- One or more additional members from the department
- Any nondepartmental faculty member who may be appropriate
- One member from an outside department who, appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, represents the Graduate School. The outside committee member appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School must hold a tenured, tenure-track, contract, continuing, transitional, joint, or emeritus/emerita faculty appointment at CSU. The outside member should serve as an impartial external evaluator on the committee, ensuring the quality of scholarship and fairness in the process.
- Non-CSU employees may obtain faculty affiliate appointments in an academic department in order to be eligible to serve on graduate committees. They may also be appointed to such committees through a nomination process that is reviewed and approved by CoSRGE (Faculty Council Committee on Scholarship, Research, and Graduate Education). Please contact the Human Resource staff member of the appropriate department to determine the appointment designation of a potential committee member.
Note: Please review “The Advisory System” found in the Graduate & Professional Bulletin for the complete policy.
Graduation Deadlines and Requirements
During the semester you intend to complete your degree, there are a series of steps and paperwork you must complete in order to be eligible to graduate. These steps include:
- Apply (or reapply) to graduate. Complete the GS25 “Application/Reapplication to Graduate” by the deadline posted on the graduate school website.
- Successfully defend your thesis or professional paper by the deadline
- Submit signed and completed GS24 “Report of Final Examinations” to Graduate School within two business days of defending your thesis or paper.
- Complete and submit your GS30 “Thesis/Dissertation Submission Form” to the Graduate Program Liaison for review and completion (Plan A Students Only).
- Properly format and submit Thesis to the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) portal by the deadline.
Departmental Graduation Requirements
- Submit a journal or proceedings article with your faculty adviser
- Submit an electronic PDF copy of your thesis or professional paper to CM graduate program adviser by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Time Limit for Degree Completion
Each semester, the CM graduate program adviser 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 adviser 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 adviser as a course of action. The progress toward degree completion will be limited to five years.
Electronic Thesis Guidelines
At least 24 credits must be earned at Colorado State, 21 of which must be earned after admission to the Graduate School. These totals may include courses taken through the Distance Degree program.
At least 16 of the credits earned at Colorado State must be in courses numbered 500 or above. Of the 16, at least 12 must be in regular lecture and laboratory courses.