Construction Management

Major: Construction Management
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.2001
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-9021

About the Program

The Master of Science in Construction Management program gives professionals the opportunity to develop the multidisciplinary skills required of effective construction managers. The program focuses on training professionals to meet the challenge of increasing owner demands, tighter project delivery times and increasing regulation. The program provides the leadership skills professionals need to navigate the many daily challenges construction organizations face in successfully managing construction operations.

Three concentrations are available: construction project management, real estate, and sustainability and green construction.

Program Goals

The program is designed to increase the students' breadth and depth of knowledge in the principles and practices of construction management. The program serves as an excellent platform to develop senior management for the region's construction industry.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Construction Management program will:

  • exhibit strong technical and managerial skills
  • apply scientific methodologies to problem solving
  • think critically
  • exercise creativity and inject innovation into the process
  • operate at the highest level of ethical practice
  • employ principles of transformational leadership

Concentrations

Three concentrations are available:

Construction Project Management
This concentration provides the knowledge and skills required to successfully manage complex construction projects. Topics include he hard skills of project management, such as estimating and budgeting, time management, and planning. Other topics include managerial and legal aspects of construction contract administration, international construction practices,strategic planning, quality management, and productivity analysis.

Real Estate
In this concentration students explore the knowledge and skills required to create, maintain, and build environments for living, working and entertainment purposes. Relevant issues include project finance, real estate as investments, design and construction, operations, development law, environmental remediation, public policy, market analysis, and architecture.

Sustainability and Green Construction
Sustainable development means integrating the decision-making process across the project team, so that every decision is made with an eye to the greatest long-term benefits. Currently, in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, the construction process represents a significant portion of the effort required to achieve high performance building programs.This concentration is intended to explore these concepts in detail.

For additional information, view the College of Engineering's Construction Management web page.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree in construction management or engineering, or a baccalaureate business or non-technical degree.
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Potential students must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school attended. If a potential student does not list all post-secondary institutions on his or her application, and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of the application will be delayed until the remaining transcripts have been submitted.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Up-to-date resume
  • 500 word essay on why the applicant wishes to pursue graduate studies in this program
  • International Students must submit a TOEFL score indicating a minimum of 600 (paper exam) or 250 (CBT exam). For more information regarding international applicant requirements, view the International Students Admissions Information page.

Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information about requirements and deadlines, as well as instructions for applying online.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Construction Management curriculum includes a core of 5 required courses (15.0 credits), a concentration, and 6.0 credits of culminating experience. The culminating experience includes a capstone project in construction management.

Core Foundation Courses
CMGT 501Leadership in Construction3.0
CMGT 505Construction Accounting and Financial Management3.0
CMGT 510Construction Control Techniques3.0
CMGT 512Cost Estimating and Bidding Strategies3.0
CMGT 515Risk Management in Construction3.0
Concentrations15.0-24.0
Students pursue a concentration in one of the following areas:
Construction Management Project Management Concentration
Applied Construction Project Management
Construction Contract Administration
Equipment Applications and Economy
International Construction Practices
Strategic Management in Construction
Schedule Impact Analysis
Quality Management and Construction Performance
Productivity Analysis and Improvement
Real Estate Concentration
Select eight of the following:
Community Impact Analysis
Real Estate Development
Advanced Real Estate Investment & Analysis
Advanced Market Research & Analysis
Sales & Marketing of Real Estate
Real Estate Economics in Urban Markets
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Valuation & Analysis
Legal Issues in Real Estate Development
Sustainability and Green Construction Concentration
Community Impact Analysis
Sustainable Principles & Practices
Sustainable Technologies
LEED Concepts
Community Sustainability
Culminating Experience 6.0
Capstone Project in Construction Management I
Capstone Project in Construction Management II
Total Credits45.0

The certificate in construction management has been designed for professionals to develop the multidisciplinary skills required of effective construction managers.

Students have the option of completing this 18.0 credit certificate in construction management as a stand-alone professional development credential, or as a step toward the MS in Construction Management program.

The admissions process for this program is the same as for the MS in Construction Management.

Depending on the experience and background of individual students, a prerequisite course of CMGT 501 "Leadership in Construction" may be required, or, at the discretion of the faculty, can be waived.

Requirements
CMGT 510Construction Control Techniques3.0
CMGT 512Cost Estimating and Bidding Strategies3.0
CMGT 515Risk Management in Construction3.0
CMGT 525Applied Construction Project Management3.0
CMGT 528Construction Contract Administration3.0
CMGT 538Strategic Management in Construction3.0
Total Credits18.0

This graduate certificate seeks to produce professionals with the knowledge, skills, and perspective required to be successful in the real estate development process and the industry as a whole. Students explore the knowledge and skills required to create, maintain, and build environments for living, working and entertainment purposes.

Relevant issues include project finance, real estate as investments, design and construction, operations, development law, environmental remediation, public policy, market analysis, and architecture.

Students wising to complete this certificate in the context of a master's degree should consider the MS in Construction Management with a concentration in Real Estate.

Requirements
REAL 568Real Estate Development3.0
REAL 571Advanced Real Estate Investment & Analysis3.0
REAL 572Advanced Market Research & Analysis3.0
REAL 575Real Estate Finance3.0
REAL 577Legal Issues in Real Estate Development3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Sales & Marketing of Real Estate
Real Estate Economics in Urban Markets
Real Estate Valuation & Analysis
Total Credits18.0

The architectural, engineering, and construction community faces the daunting task of providing a built environment which is in harmony with the natural environment—meeting the current needs of society without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable development means integrating the decision-making process across the project team, so that every decision is made with an eye to the greatest long-term benefits.

The certificate in Sustainability and Green Construction is a flexible, part-time post-baccalaureate program, focused on the sustainable aspects of the construction process. Students have the opportunity to complete all requirements within one and a half years.

Currently, in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, the construction process represents a significant portion of the effort required to achieve high performance building programs.This certificate program is intended to explore these concepts in detail. Credits from this certificate will transfer toward a Masters of Science in Construction Management.

Requirements
CMGT 535Community Impact Analysis3.0
CMGT 545Sustainable Principles & Practices3.0
CMGT 546Sustainable Technologies3.0
CMGT 547LEED Concepts3.0
CMGT 558Community Sustainability3.0
Total Credits15.0


Construction Management Faculty

Robert Beard, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Associate Clinical Professor. Project and Program Management; Entrepreneurship in design and construction; Integrated project delivery systems; History of engineering and construction; Sustainable design and construction.
Douglas Carney, MBA, AIA (Eastern University). Clinical Professor. Architecture; Contract management; Master planning; Site analysis; Feasibility and zoning issues; Space needs and program development; Code analysis and compliance studies; project scheduling.
Charles Cook, PhD (New York University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Construction management; project management; leadership and teambuilding; oral and written communication.
Christine M. Fiori, PhD (Drexel University) Program Director. Clinical Professor. Improving the delivery of safety education in construction curriculum; Ancient construction techniques; Design and construction in developing countries; Leadership in construction; Workforce development
Kenneth S. Sands, PhD (Virginia Tech). Associate Clinical Professor. Workforce development and lifelong learning; ethics and construction education; transformative safety leadership for construction education; sustainable facilities and infrastructure.
Richard Sievert, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Clinical Professor. Project management and construction management; value engineering; cost reduction and waste minimization; facilities planning and management; marketing and selling professional services; quality management, engineering and construction business administration.
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