Frequently Asked Questions
Admission to the MSCM Program is rolling and remains open into the Summer preceding the Fall start and the Fall preceding a Spring start.
Graduate assistantship applications (for on-campus students only) must be submitted very early. Click here for more info about Assistantships. Assistantships are not typically awarded to students who are already in the program. Occasionally, a research project will develop and students will be recruited as graduate research assistants. Sometimes scholarship opportunities, from sponsoring groups outside of the University, become available. They are advertised to all on-campus students. In addition, the term "financial aid" is meant to include available loans which students may or may not qualify. In addition, campus jobs do become available, but they are also competitive and so students should not assume a job will be automatically available.
Philadelphia is a great city to live in. Like any large American City there is always some risk. The campus is very safe. Students coming from a foreign country should do research on different living options and what the rental rates are in the surrounding community. In addition, public transportation routes should be studied to makes sure there is direct transit to campus. It is best to have acquired several options for living arrangements prior to coming to study.
The MSCM program is a post-baccalaureate program focused on specialized knowledge, thinking and management skills. ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), has recently begun accrediting Graduate Programs in Construction Management. It is our intent to seek this accreditation. Thomas Jefferson University is a Middle States Accredited Institution.
Not at all. Our program will meet the needs of those currently in a construction related field seeking a graduate level academic credential as well as those from unrelated fields who are seeking a career change. As part of the admissions review, the Program Director will determine if any fundamental courses need to be completed prior to full acceptance. Students from a wide variety of undergraduate and work experience backgrounds are successful in our program.