Master of Construction Management

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

The Master of Construction Management program is geared for young professionals with diverse undergraduate degrees. The purpose of The Master of Construction Management program is to educate and train multidisciplinary professionals to understand and execute the broad array of technical and non-technical activities associated with construction management.

The program leads to an interdisciplinary degree with courses taken in five different schools – Viterbi School of Engineering, School of Architecture, Marshall School of Business, Gould School of Law, and School of Policy, Planning and Development.

The Master of Construction Management program covers most of the current theories and practice, preparing students for careers as industrial leaders in the real estate/construction industry. The program provides special attention to the function of the Constructor in real estate development. Graduates from this program have a variety of employment opportunities including: working for general contractors, real estate developers, sub-contractors, construction management firms, and architectural engineering firms.

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Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings, and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.

  • A minimum of 33 units is required to earn the Master of Construction Management degree
  • Required Core Courses: 16-17 units
  • Required Track Courses: 6-8 units (2 coursess, both from Track 1, 2 or 3)
  • Technical and Advanced Elective Courses: 8-11 units (elective courses must be pre-approved by a department advisor)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes

Fall 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)December 15, 2018
Fall 2019 (Final Deadline)January 15, 2019*
Spring 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)August 31, 2018
Spring 2019 (Final Deadline)September 15, 2018
*Applicants Interested in Online Delivery: Please contact to request an application extension for Fall 2018.
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  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited university with 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.
  • Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average).
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the university directly by ETS for the GRE or GMAC ( for the GMAT.
  • Professional experience in activities related to construction is preferred, but not required.


Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

GRE General Test: Satisfactory and valid test scores. Valid GRE scores must be dated within five years of the start of the intended application semester. The fall semester starts in August, and the spring semester starts in January. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.

Resume/CV (Required)

Statement of Purpose (Required): The statement of purpose should succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Letters of Recommendation (2 Required): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.


English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission – Proficiency in English.

The following is an overview of the tuition & fees for graduate engineering students. Both on-campus and DEN@Viterbi students pay the same tuition.


Academic Year
Per Unit Rate
3-unit Course
4-unit Course
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019



Fee Description
Fee Amount
Mandatory Fees (approximate)
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
Health Insurance
Fall 2017: $646
Spring 2018: $1,170
Norman Topping Student Aid Fee
ENGR Computing Access Fee (On-Campus students)
ENGR Computing Access Fee (DEN@Viterbi students)
Exam Proctoring
$40 - $100 per course
Detailed Information on Tuition & Fees
This program is also available online to professional engineers through DEN@Viterbi. Because the DEN@Viterbi program provides a fully equivalent academic experience, the degree a USC engineering student earns is the same whether they are on-campus or online.

If you are interested in beginning classes as a DEN@Viterbi student next semester, explore the requirements and steps to enrolling as a Limited Status Student.

Learn More About DEN@Viterbi
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes


The following courses and program requirements serve as program planning for DEN@Viterbi students. Course offerings and availability are subject to change. Please consult with advisor if you have any questions.

Core Courses
All courses are required – 19 units total.
ARCH 511 | Seminar: Building Systems (4 units)
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor (3 units)
CE 502 | Construction Accounting and Finance (3 units)
CE 556 | Project Controls — Budgeting and Estimating (3 units)
CE 566 | Project Controls — Planning and Scheduling (3 units)
ISE 566 | Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineering (3 units)
Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Technology Track Requirement
Three courses required – 9 units total.
CE 469 | Sustainable Design and Construction (3 units)
CE 470 | Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice (3 units)
CE 570 | Building Information Modeling for Collaborative Construction (3 units)
Elective Courses
At least three elective courses totaling at least 9 units are required for this degree. These may be taken from the USC Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, other engineering departments subject to advisor approval. Admission to some classes requires advanced prerequisites and is subject to availability and approval of the instructor.
Elective options offered via DEN include: CE 506, CE 557, CE 559, ENE 502, ISE 525, ISE 527, ISE 561, ISE 562, and ISE 564.
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