MCM Master of Construction Management


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

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

The degree completion requires:
  • A minimum of 33 units. Some course combinations may add to more than 33 units.
  • A minimum accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0)
  • The minimum time required for earning the degree is three semesters of full-time enrollment. This means that if you are admitted in the fall, you would follow a fall-spring-fall semester format and if you are admitted in the spring, you would follow a spring-fall-spring semester format.
  • Part-time enrollment is permitted
  • Most classes are taught late afternoons and evenings to accommodate working students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
CORE Courses
(16-17 units)

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

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 570: Building Information Modeling for Collaborative Construction
    CE 570: Building Information Modeling for Collaborative Construction


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

  • Institutional/Professional Electives

    FBE 565: Economics of Urban Land Use: Feasibility Studies
    FBE 588: Advanced Real Estate Law
    RED 546: Development Processes
    RED 551: The Approval Process
    RED 562: Legal Issues in Real Estate Development

    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
    RED 574: Building Typologies
    RED 598: Real Estate Product Development