About the program

Created for any professional of the Built Environment, our curriculum incorporates traditional themes — cost, time, risk and quality management, strengthened with multidisciplinary topics — management, leadership, communications, and law. Lecture and experiential education provide students with the skills for practical application utilizing best practices that address current issues and developments in the industry.


Graduate studies in Construction Management programs are part-time, evening programs where students increase and intensify their understanding of critical management issues in the Built Environment.

The 30-unit Master of Construction Management degree program is intended for entry-level working professionals from all disciplines within the Built Environment along with students transitioning from undergraduate studies, and other industries.

Master of Architecture students in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts are able to earn a Master of Construction Management degree simultaneously with their Master of Architecture degree through a unique joint degree program.

A 15-unit graduate certificate is also offered and can be earned independently to students pursuing other graduate degrees and stakeholders in the Built Environment including accountants, attorneys, real estate developers, banks/financiers, insurance/bonding professionals and others. 

* These courses are required to earn a Graduate Certificate in Construction

Debra Williams
Director of Professional Education Marketing

Registration, Tuition Fees & Payment Policies

Qualified veterans: WashU McKelvey School of Engineering and the VA will cover 100 percent of your graduate tuition.

Although certificate programs do not qualify for federal loan programs, loans are still available for the master's degrees. For more information, contact Johanna Sengheiser (jsengheiser@wustl.edu).


Required Courses

T64 CNST 573 Fundamentals in Construction Management
3.0 Units

In this course, students will be exposed to the overall construction process from initial concept through startup of the completed facility. The focus is to provide familiarization of the construction and contracting process and potential involvements by construction managers in the planning, design, construction, and post construction phases. Additional topics are introduced to provide a foundation which will prepare students for future construction management coursework. Case studies and industry examples are used throughout the course to authenticate the lectures and assignments. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing

T64 CNST 523A Construction Cost Estimating
3.0 Units

Construction cost estimating explores the application of cost estimating principles and estimating within a project management framework in conjunction with scope definition, quality control, planning and scheduling, risk management and loss prevention techniques, local conditions, information and communication, and working relations with stakeholders. Using a single building project, the course introduces the application of basic quantity surveying and estimating principles using a methodical approach with suggested check lists and techniques for arriving at a reliable cost estimate including direct, indirect, and contingency costs and profits. Student's estimating efforts culminate with a competitive bid day scenario. Prerequisites: T64-573 or permission of instructor

T64 CNST 574C Construction Project Planning and Scheduling
3.0 Units

Project planning and scheduling process utilizing current techniques including critical path analysis for effective and logical scheduling of construction projects. Identification of project activities and their relationships; schedule development, analysis, and updating; relationship of project costs and resources to the schedule; legal implications; effective communication of schedule information; development of procedures to monitor actual field progress; computer application in project scheduling. Prerequisites: T64-573 or permission of instructor

T64 CNST 572 Legal Aspects of Construction
3.0 Units

A survey of the legal problems of the construction manager. including but not limited to, liability in the areas of contracts, agency, torts, insurance, bad judgment and oversight. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

T54 PRJM 584 Communication Excellence for Influential Leadership
3.0 Units

Exceptional communicators become extraordinary leaders. This course will guide students to learn to exceptionally communicate their message by applying refined nuances that inspire and transform those with whom they converse. Through a proven communicative process, students will acquire skills necessary to differentiate them as leaders. Students will learn how to communicate across a variety of settings using strategies that result in clear, vivid, and engaging exchanges. Students will practice: storytelling; creating and using clear visuals; engaging listeners; demonstrating passion when speaking; responding to questions with clarity and brevity, and, using their distinctive voice as a leadership asset. Each student will learn how to assess his or her own communication capabilities, adjust to different listeners, and how to evaluate speaker effectiveness and provide valuable feedback to others. Video recordings will be used to demonstrate incremental communicative changes throughout the course, and to show how these strategies bring about outstanding leadership. Prerequisite: graduate standing.


Meet our faculty

Guy Augenstein Builder with expertise in project risk identification, bidding, and execution of public projects.

Guy Augenstein

  • Adjunct Instructor
Larry Delahanty Principal Project Control Engineer with 30+ years planning and executing domestic and international projects.

Larry Delahanty

  • Adjunct Instructor
Thomas Gregory

Thomas Gregory

  • Adjunct Instructor
Robin Shepard Leader in safety education, students won the Safety Award in the annual AIChE Design Competition for a record three consecutive years

Robin Shepard

  • Adjunct Instructor
Ken Slavens Partner and Lead for Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate, Development & Construction team

Ken Slavens

  • Adjunct Instructor

Graduate Tuition

 Please visit Tuition and Financial Assistance for Graduate Students for tuition information.


Johanna Sengheiser
Graduate Financial Aid Analyst & Accountant

Engineering Graduate Admissions


Full-time status for Master’s Students is defined as: Enrolled in 9 units or more OR Enrolled in any “883” placeholder course (Masters Continuing Student) 

Full-time status for DSc Students is defined as: Enrolled in 9 units or more OR Enrolled in any “884” placeholder course (Doctoral Continuing Student)

Full-time status for PhD Students is defined as: Enrolled in 9 or more units OR Enrolled in any "LGS 9XXX" placeholder course. PhD students are required to maintain full-time status.

  • Tuition is based on the number of enrolled course units. When a student takes 9 or more units, a flat-rate tuition is applied. A per unit rate is applied if a student is enrolled in 8 or less units. 
  • Tuition for full-time students is determined by each student’s prime division, not by the division that teaches the course. Students should check with their department before enrolling in courses outside their division. 
  • International graduate students are not permitted to register for fewer than 9 units without special permission from the Office of International Students and Scholars.
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