Master of Science in Construction Management

Master of Science: 45.0 quarter credits

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 Goodwin College of Professional Studies' Construction Management 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


Construction Management Courses

CMGT 501 Leadership in Construction 3.0 Credits

This course is intended to introduce students to value-based, effective leadership principles and practices across the construction industry. Topics include prevailing theory, leadership traits & styles, emotional intelligence, motivation, collaborative environs and alliances, and change.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 505 Construction Accounting and Financial Management 3.0 Credits

This course presents the principles of accounting for construction projects. Topics include techniques of cost accounting and financial analysis employed by the construction practitioners. Specific topics include accounting principles to track and manage labor, material, equipment, overhead and other construction resources. Topics specific to construction include contract revenue, financial reporting, and tax considerations for conductors.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 510 Construction Control Techniques 3.0 Credits

This course addresses the knowledge and skill sets required to successfully plan and control complex construction projects. Topics include procurement and contracts, pre-bid planning, contract budgets and cash flow, and planning case studies.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 512 Cost Estimating and Bidding Strategies 3.0 Credits

This is an advanced course in construction estimating addressing competitive bidding strategies. Topics include profit objectives, analyzing the competition, and determining optimum combo of price, cost and volume.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 515 Risk Management in Construction 3.0 Credits

This course presents risk management techniques and practices specific to construction projects. Students will gain an understanding of the risks stemming from technical and business sources related to the construction process, and to identify, quantify, and develop the appropriate response strategies.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 525 Applied Construction Project Management 3.0 Credits

This course presents the knowledge and skills required to successfully manage complex construction projects. Topics include the project management hard skills such as estimating and budgeting, time management, and planning.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CMGT 501 [Min Grade: C]

CMGT 528 Construction Contract Administration 3.0 Credits

This course introduces the managerial and legal aspects of construction contract administration. The student is introduced to basic concepts of contract law employed in construction and the rules of interpretation. Topics include changes and change orders, disputes, differing site conditions, and defective documents.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 530 Equipment Applications and Economy 3.0 Credits

This course provides an in-depth treatment of heavy construction equipment applications and covers the associated management practices. The application topics include techniques used to analyze and estimate equipment productivity, equipment selection, and optimization. The course includes a strong emphasis in equipment economics including owning and operating costs.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 532 International Construction Practices 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the strategic issues relating to the business of construction on a global scale. The course is intended to provide students with the knowledge of current best practices by construction organizations in America, Europe and Asia.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 535 Community Impact Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course provides an overview of commumity impact assessment, including the benefits of conducting such an assessment. It also provides general guidelines for conducting a community impact assessment, including types of impacts that should be addressed during the process and related issues.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 538 Strategic Management in Construction 3.0 Credits

This course presents concepts in strategic management within construction organizations. Topics include clients/constructors/competencies, portfolio management, and marketing strategies for construction firms.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 540 Schedule Impact Analysis 3.0 Credits

This is an advanced course that deals with the legal aspects of construction schedules. Topics include time impact analysis, applying CPM techniques to contract claims, and calculating delay damages.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CMGT 510 [Min Grade: C]

CMGT 545 Sustainable Principles & Practices 3.0 Credits

This course addresses the fundamentals of green building concepts and practices underlying sustainable construction from the perspective of the LEED Green Building rating system.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 546 Sustainable Technologies 3.0 Credits

This course addresses sustainable technologies in the built environment and is presented as a whole building design system. The course is organized into three major categories-Design Guidance, Project Management, and Operations & Maintenance.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 547 LEED Concepts 3.0 Credits

This course addresses the fundamental concepts and practices underlying the LEED green building rating system.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 548 Quality Management and Construction Performance 3.0 Credits

This course covers quality management of construction processes. Topics include designing and implementing quality management plans, establishing a quality management system and Information technology in quality management.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CMGT 501 [Min Grade: C]

CMGT 550 Productivity Analysis and Improvement 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is construction productivity measurement and improvement. Topics include roles of the individual stakeholders, quantifying labor and equipment productivity, and techniques to improve job site productivity.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 558 Community Sustainability 3.0 Credits

This course provides clear direction to students how to design cities and developments that are sustainable and reduce environmental harm.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 696 Capstone Project in Construction Management I 3.0 Credits

The capstone project is completed independently over two quarters under the direction of full-time Construction Management faculty and is intended to reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired through graduate study.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CMGT 697 Capstone Project in Construction Management II 3.0 Credits

The capstone project is completed independently over two quarters under the direction of full-time Construction Management faculty and is intended to reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired through graduate study.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CMGT 696 [Min Grade: C]

Real Estate Courses

REAL 568 Real Estate Development 3.0 Credits

This course will provide a comprehensive exploration of the development process for real estate development projects. Residential, multi-family, single family, apartments, office buildings, retail projects, industrial developments and the development process for each market segment.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

REAL 571 Advanced Real Estate Investment & Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the market analysis and feasibility methods in framing and supporting investment decision making for real estate projects. Detailed market analysis strategies will be employed and case studies will be analyzed to deepen the student's knowledge and judgment for investment decision making.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

REAL 572 Advanced Market Research & Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the market research methods used to understand and dissect geographical and demographical real estate markets. Detailed market research strategies will be employed and case studies will be analyzed to deepen the student's knowledge of market research techniques and resources.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

REAL 573 Sales & Marketing of Real Estate 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the strategies for successful marketing of real property bases on market research and development strategies.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

REAL 574 Real Estate Economics in Urban Markets 3.0 Credits

This course will offer a unique and detailed perspective on urban real estate development and the special sub-markets in which they exist. Attention will be given to the characteristics of the particular economic factors relevant in urban real estate markets.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: REAL 568 [Min Grade: C]

REAL 575 Real Estate Finance 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on the options and implications of different financing methods with the unique tradeoffs associated with each considered.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

REAL 576 Real Estate Valuation & Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce the concepts of real estate valuation, appraisals, and the relationship of these to financing and cash requirements.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

REAL 577 Legal Issues in Real Estate Development 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the unique legal requirements of the real estate business including property rights, involuntary transfers, easements, private restrictions, public restrictions, zoning and land development laws.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

Construction Management Faculty

Charles Cook, PhD (New York University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Construction management; project management; leadership and teambuilding; oral and written communication.
Robert Muir Jr.,, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Construction management; value engineering; management of field operations; planning and scheduling; project management; heavy and industrial construction.
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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