MCM Master of Construction Management

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A Master of Construction Management offers the student a myriad of opportunities and exposure in the construction industry. Our program, which is one of the largest construction management programs in the United States, prepares students from 16 different countries to enter the world of globalization.

Construction Management Overview:

The total annual value of construction in the United States is approximately $900 billion (8% of the US Gross National Product), making the construction industry one of the most important sectors of the US economy.

Construction Management is a set of complex, professional activities that require knowledge of the technical, economic and policy environment. The field’s scope includes elements from construction technology, real estate development, building science, law, architecture, urban and regional planning, public policy, and project management.

Graduates have a variety of employment opportunities. Potential employers include general contractors, real estate developers, sub contractors, construction management firms and architectural engineering firms. Graduates have the opportunity of seeking employment with prominent global architectural, engineering, and construction firms. Parsons, Fluor Daniel, and Jacobs Engineering, are headquartered in Los Angeles.

The Master of Construction Management (MCM):

Program Requirements

Prerequisites:
  • A Bachelors degree from an accredited institution with satisfactory GPA.
  • Some training in capital management and statistics.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate background that does not satisfy the course prerequisites will be counseled to correct the deficiency.
  • Must take the General GRE or GMAT test.
  • International students must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
  • Upon admission, all international students are administered an English proficiency examination during orientation. To be exempt from this exam, students must score a 250 or more on the computer-based TOEFL or 100 or more on the internet-based TOEFL (with a minimum of 20 in each section) prior to attending USC.
  • A professional experience in activities related to construction is preferred, but not required.
  • A thesis is not required to complete the program.
Program Requirements for this program vary based on when you started the program.
If you started the program fall 2019 or later – click the button below to see your program requirements
Program Requirements for Students Who Started Fall 2019 or later
If you started the program PRIOR to fall 2019- click the button below to see your program requirements
Program Requirements for Students Who Started Prior to Fall 2019

Program Requirements
For Students Who Enrolled Fall 2019 or later

For detailed course information, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

Students who started this program fall 2019 or later
  • Complete minimum of 32 units. Some course combinations may add to more than 32 units.
  • Up to four transfer graduate units may be accepted from an accredited institution with the approval of the Department.
  • There is no thesis or comprehensive final examination requirement.
  • At least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above. Learn more.
CORE Courses (16 units)

CE 501: Construction Practices (4 units)
CE 502: Construction Business (4 units)
CE 564: Construction Planning & Pre-Construction (4 units)
CE 569: Project Controls (4 units)

 

Electives

The rest of the units are from technical and advanced electives, selected with advisor approval.

Featured Spring Elective: CE 573:

CE 573 introduces students to the latest technology used in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC). The course will prepare students to be leaders in the profession by introducing students to the technologies and topics professionals are addressing in the built environment. The course is structured around learning from professional practitioners. Students will develop an entrepreneurial project as a final project.

CE 412: Construction Contracts and Law (2 units)
CE 460: Construction Engineering (4 units)
CE 461: Construction Estimating (4 units)
CE 462: Construction Methods & Equipment (2 units)
CE 469: Sustainable Design & Construction (2 units)
CE 470: Building Information Modeling & Integrated Practice (3 units)

CE 505: Data Management (3 units)
CE 568: Fundamental Concepts of Computing & Programming in Civil & Environmental Engineering (2 units)
CE 573: Advanced Technologies in AEC Practices (4 units)
CE 574: Means & Methods (4 units)
CE 575: Sustainability & Well-Being & Innovation in the Built Environmental (4 units)
CE 578: Technology Enabled Integrated Design, an Architecture, Engr. and Construction Capstone (4 units)

ARCH 511L: Builiding Systems: Materials & Construction (4 units)
ARCH 513L: Seminar: Advanced Structures(2 units)
ARCH 515L: Seminar: Advanced Environmental Systems (4 units)
RED 510: Real Estate Practices & Principles (4 units)
RED 511: Foundations of Real Estate Analysis (4 units)
RED 512: Real Estate Project Analysis (4 units)
MOR 569: Negotiation & Deal-Making


Program Requirements
For Students Who Started Prior to Fall 2019

For detailed course information and graduation requirements, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

Students who started this program prior to fall 2019
  • Complete minimum of 33 units. Some course combinations may add to more than 33 units.
  • Up to four transfer graduate units may be accepted from an accredited institution with the approval of the Department.
  • There is no thesis or comprehensive final examination requirement.
  • At least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above. Learn more.
CORE Courses

CE 501: Functions of the Constructor
ARCH 511L: Seminar: Building Systems
*CE 556: Project Controls-Budgeting and Estimating
*CE 566: Project Controls-Planning and Scheduling

Choose One of the following:

  • CE 502: Construction Accounting and Finance or
  • ACCT 509: Concepts of Financial and Management Accounting or
  • ISE 566: Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineers
Track Requirement (2 courses)

Two courses from Track 1*, or two courses from Track 2*, or two courses from Track 3.
*Note: Please see Schedule of Classes for pertinent pre-requisite requirement. Contact FBD department regarding pre-requisite waivers.

  • Track 1: Finance Track

    FBE 400x: Introduction to Real Estate Finance and Development
    FBE 489: Real Estate Capital Markets
    FBE 570: Advanced Topics in Real Estate Finance
    FBE 589: Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities and Markets
    FBE 591: Real Estate Finance and Investment

  • Track 2: Real Estate Development Track

    Note: FBE 566 must be taken before FBE 565

    FBE 466: Management of Real Estate Development: Feasibility Studies
    FBE 470: Advanced Real Estate Analysis
    FBE 565: Economics of Urban Land Use: Feasibility Studies
    FBE 566: Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development

  • Track 3: Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Technology Track

    Note: CE 470 must be taken before CE 570

    CE 470: Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice
    CE 469: Sustainability or
    CE 573: Advanced Technologies in AEC Practices

 *Important Information about CE 556 and CE 566

Effective Fall 2019 CE 556 and 566 are no longer offered. CE 569 is replaces these two courses.

  • You need to take CE 569 if you have not completed CE 566.
  • You do not need to take CE 569 if you completed CE 566.

Contact Christine Hsieh (christih@usc.edu) if the instructions above result in you being short on the required units to graduate.

Electives

The rest of the units are from technical and advanced electives, selected with advisor approval.

At least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above. Learn more.

  • Institutional/Professional Electives

    FBE 565: Economics of Urban Land Use: Feasibility Studies
    FBE 588: Advanced Real Estate Law

    Seasonal Offerings

    ARCH 513: Seminar: Advanced Structure
    ARCH 515: Real Estate Product Development
    MKT 560: Marketing Strategy and Policy

  • Advanced Electives

    ARCH 613L: Seminar: Structural Research
    ARCH 615L: Seminar: Environmental Systems Research
    BAEP 551: Introduction to New Ventures
    BAEP 553: Cases in New Venture Management
    BAEP 554: The New Venture Business Plan
    CE 412: Construction Law and the Property Development Process
    CE 462: Construction Methods and Equipment
    CE 506: Heavy Construction Estimating

  • CE 557: Advanced Building Estimating
    CE 558: International Construction and Engineering
    CE 590: Directed Research in Civil Engineering
    CE 599: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
    ENE 502: Environmental and Regulatory Compliance
    ISE 525: Intermediate Engineering Statistics II
    ISE 527: Advanced Quality Control
    ISE 561: Advanced Engineering Economy

  • ISE 562: Value and Decision Theory
    ISE 564: Performance Analysis
    FBE 565: Economics of Urban Land Use: Feasibility Studies
    FBE 570: Advanced Topics in Real Estate Finance
    MOR 548: Strategic Human Resources Management
    MOR 551: Performance Management and Performance
    MOR 569: Negotiation and Deal-making