Construction Management


Degrees and Certificates Offered

Master of Science


Program Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. Jim Carr

Phone: 501.569.8065

Email: jkcarr1@ualr.edu


Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in construction management or construction engineering, civil engineering, architecture, business, or similar areas is required. Students with educational backgrounds different from construction management may need to take prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test should be taken no more than five years before application. The applicant must have a minimum verbal reasoning GRE score in the range of 146-150 , a minimum quantitative reasoning GRE score in the range of 150-154, and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing test. The GRE requirement will be waived if the GPA is 3.5 or higher (4.0 scale).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written English (via the TOEFL exam) for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants’ scores must exceed 525 (paper -based test) or 197 (computer -based test) or 71 (internet-based test). Applicants with scores below but close to 525 (197 if computer-based test or 71 internet-based test) may be admitted provisionally upon the recommendation of the graduate coordinator to the dean of Graduate School, and allowed to fulfill the TOEFL requirement as specified in the Graduate School admissions policies.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken English (via the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the American English Oral Communication Proficiency Test (AEOCPT) exams) for applicants whose native language is not English and who are seeking financial support via a teaching assistantship. The student must get a score of 80% or higher on the AEOCPT or the TSE.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Official college transcripts including grades and curriculum for undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate studies
  • Written statement by the applicant regarding the reasons (e.g. interests, relevant experience, and goals) why he or she should be considered for this M.S. program
  • A resume detailing any professional work experience, published papers, or presentations

The department graduate faculty will evaluate the compatibility between the applicant’s background, research interests, and communication skills and the M.S. program when making admission decisions, and may decline to admit an otherwise qualified application based on a lack of fit with the program.

As of fall 2017, an application with a minimum of 10 years of construction-related employment that does not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be considered for special conditional admission. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first 9 graded hours.

Students may apply to the M.S. program at any time. Applicants to the M.S. program are ordinarily expected to start in the fall semester of each year.

International graduate students who are candidates for admission must process their visa applications so that they can arrive in the United States and attend orientation with International Student Services. Students who are not able to obtain approval for entry into the United States in order to meet this timeline may request an admission deferral to attend the following semester or academic year.

Early Entry Program
The Early Entry program is designed to provide an undergraduate student working towards a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management a means to complete the requirements for their undergraduate degree along with a Master of Science degree in Construction Management in a period of five years.

A student enrolled in the B.S. program in Construction Management can apply to the Graduate School using the Early Entry Program Form for admission into the M.S. program in Construction Management. Once accepted into the program, the student may enroll in several graduate courses during their senior year, an anticipated 3 in the fall and 3 in the spring. These graduate-level courses (no more than 12) will count as courses in the fulfillment of their B.S. degree and will be credited as “advanced placement” towards their M.S. degree.

After receiving their bachelor’s degree, the student will return as a graduate student for an additional year of graduate-level course work in order to complete their Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Construction Management.


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