Construction Management MS

Major: Construction Management
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
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. Students are admitted in the Fall and the Spring terms.

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 nation'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

Focus Areas

Focused elective courses in the program are available:

Construction Project Management
This series of courses provides the knowledge and skills required to successfully manage complex construction projects. Topics include the 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
This series of courses allows students to 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 focus is intended to explore these concepts in detail.

Additional Information

For more information, view the College of Engineering's Construction Management webpage or contact:

William Grogan

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.

Additional Information

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 six required courses (18.0 credits), a concentration (21.0 credits), 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
CMGT 528Construction Contract Administration3.0
Students may select 7 elective courses from the following areas:
Applied Construction Project Management
Equipment Applications and Economy
International Construction Practices
Community Impact Analysis
Strategic Management in Construction
Schedule Impact Analysis
Sustainable Principles & Practices
Sustainable Technologies
LEED Concepts
Quality Management and Construction Performance
Productivity Analysis and Improvement
Community Sustainability
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
Culminating Experience 6.0
Capstone Project in Construction Management I
Capstone Project in Construction Management II
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CMGT 5013.0CMGT 5283.0CMGT 5103.0CMGT 5153.0
CMGT 5053.0CMGT 5383.0CMGT 5123.0CMGT 5403.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
CMGT 5253.0CMGT 5483.0CMGT 5303.0CMGT 6973.0
CMGT 5323.0CMGT 5503.0CMGT 6963.0 
 6 6 6 3
Total Credits 45

Note: Second Year Summer is less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students this term.

Construction Management Faculty

Jeffrey 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.
Johanna Casale, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Engineering education, first year design, structural aspects of construction.
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
Kathleen M. Short, PhD (Virginia Tech). Assistant Teaching Professor. Workforce development and women in construction; transformative safety leadership; construction education.
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