By Kelly Borglum and Raquel Cobb

CLEMSON — The American Council for Construction Education has granted accreditation to the Master of Construction Science and Management program at Clemson University.

Established in 1986, Clemson University’s Master of Construction Science and Management program is South Carolina’s only graduate program in construction education. Part of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, the program offers a comprehensive program of education, service and research activities to improve the quality of the construction industry and thus the built environment.

All courses are taught on campus or via distance-learning technology. Clemson offers the only distance-learning construction master’s degree program in the United States. It is one of only four master’s degree distance-learning programs that the Associated General Contractors of America recognizes and promotes to its members as a means to attain graduate-level degrees and to teach in the discipline.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research has recognized the program as a step in its construction industry career path. The center has promoted the program as a component of its Project Management Academy, which is taught at Clemson University as well as at other locations throughout the United States.

“Becoming accredited by the American Council for Construction Education serves as national recognition of the quality education the students receive in our master’s degree program,” said Roger Liska, program coordinator. “Being one of the first two construction management programs nationwide to become accredited is a real honor and will serve as a benchmark for other similar programs.” 

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American Council for Construction Education
The American Council for Construction Education was established in 1974 to be a leading global advocate of quality construction education and to promote, support and accredit quality construction education programs around the world. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management and construction technology, in addition to two-year associate degree programs of a similar nature and corresponding master’s degree programs.