Admission Information

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) degree program, students must meet the requirements of Texas A&M University (TAMU), the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGPS), and the Department of Construction Science (COSC). The Application process is entirely online, we do not accept any hard copy materials. Applicants are required by the University to submit:

  • On-Line Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts and Records
  • Test Scores (GRE or GMAT)
  • Permanent Resident Card/I-551/I-485
  • Bacterial Meningitis Immunization

More information about this requirements can be found at the Office of Admissions website. Applicants are required by the department to also submit:

  • A current resume
  • Essay
  • At least three names and contact information for persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional achievements
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (for international students only)

Applicants have to meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores combined: Minimum 302
  • GRE Quantitative: Minimum 148
  • GRE Verbal: Minimum 146
  • GRE Analytical Writing: Minimum 3.0
  • Grade point average for the last sixty hours of undergraduate work: Minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Essay similarity/originality score (using "Turn It In") of less than 20%, meaning that at least 80% of the essay should be written by the applicant in his/her own words.  We take our Honor System very seriously, and so an essay that is not original will not be considered for admission.  For more details, see Student Rule 20.1.2 at the Aggie Honor Code website.
  • Subjective evaluation of the applicant's essay and research topic idea.

In addition to these requirements, a wide range of factors are considered in admission decisions. The Department of Construction Science only accepts new graduate students who identify a faculty advisor that agrees to work with the applicant. As a result the following is a list of factors that may also be considered for admission when provided to the faculty member(s):

  • Work experience
  • Other academic achievements
  • Leadership
  • Community activities
  • An applicant's on-site, telephone, e-mail, or similar interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator, the Department Head, or other member of the department faculty
  • Availability of faculty who are able to oversee (chair) graduate students' programs of study

Essay Instructions

  • Your essays should include anything you deem relevant for Graduate Committee Faculty in the Department of Construction Science to consider when reviewing your application.  We recommend that you provide compelling reasoning as to why you are interested in studying construction management, and why you should be admitted. An additional requirement for the essay is that you identify three Graduate Committee Faculty members in the Department you would like serve as your thesis research advisor, and describe what research you would like to conduct under their guidance (The greater the detail you can provide the better).  In order to be able to write a compelling essay , we recommend that you carefully review the publication records and research interests of our faculty, and write about topics that fall within their areas of interest.  Remember that since our graduate program is research-based, your essay plays a significant role in the final decision to admit or reject your application.  The essay is a personal reflection of your thoughts and ideas, and should be written in your own words.  Essays that are "copy and paste" from other sources and/or from examples that are available on the internet will not be tolerated.  Many of our faculty have their own website or Google Scholar pages, where additional information can be found about their publications and other research activities. Generally Graduate Committee Faculty can be identified by their title. Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors are typically Graduate Committee Faculty, while Instructional positions, Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Adjuncts are not. 

Requirements for International Students

  • International students are required to take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum paper-based score of 550, internet-based score of 80, or computer-based score of 213.

Funding

  • The Department of Construction Science awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to its students last year. Additionally opportunities for appointments as research assistants, and teaching assistants are available.  These positions are highly sought after as a $1,000 scholarship qualifies students for in-state tuition. The Department Head and the Graduate Program Coordinator make decisions for scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships to be offered to any applicants.  From time to time, the department is offered scholarship/fellowship funds from other sources, such as College or University levels.  Applicants must have completed their application package by the first week of January to be considered for nomination to such opportunities.

Deadline for Application

  • We admit new students only in the fall semester.
  • All application materials must be submitted by February 1 for admission in the fall of that year.
  • A Texas A&M Universal Identification Number (UIN) is required to make application. It can take up to 3 days for a student to receive a UIN after requesting it. As a result, if an applicant waits until the last minute to begin their application they may miss the deadline.
  • Applications received after February 1 will not be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for admission.

More information is available at the Office of Admissions web site.

Questions

Any questions or inquiries about the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program should be directed to:

Dr. Ben Bigelow
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Construction Science
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3137

Email: bbigelow@tamu.edu
Phone: +1 (979) 458-4457

Questions or inquiries about the online admission procedures, or technical issues with the online application system, should be directed to:

Texas A&M University - Office of Admissions
Email: admissions@tamu.edu
Phone: +1(979)845-1060