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Construction Management (Four-Year B.S.)

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Program Director: Edward Keeter

Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is a STEM program  with the mission to provide students with a broad practice-oriented understanding of construction technology, business, architecture, and engineering, and with specific emphasis on the management of the construction process from project inception to close-out.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, such as owners and design professionals using appropriate media.
  • Collaborate across disciplines of construction project stakeholders.
  • Apply technical knowledge and tools necessary for professional practice to create construction project cost estimates, schedules and project management plans from pre-design to occupancy.
  • Create sound and innovative approaches to challenges faced by construction project teams.
  • Identify the ethical choices faced by construction management professionals.

Program Description

Construction managers play an integral role in the development, construction and maintenance of commercial, residential, institutional and industrial buildings, as well as civil and transportation infrastructure. Degree programs in construction management have become the preferred higher-education option for students interested in leadership positions within this multifaceted and competitive field.

The curriculum combines traditional business management and construction-specific coursework with a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences program of studies to acquaint students with the full business model of construction management. Graduates of the Construction Management program will have the knowledge, as well as the technical, administrative and communication skills, necessary to succeed in all sectors of the construction industry. Graduates will have the skills necessary to manage the construction process from project conception to closeout with respect to scope, schedule, budget, quality, risk and safety, and the environment. The Construction Management Core Curriculum stresses the following topics:

  • Construction Project Management from pre-design through commissioning
  • Project life-cycle and sustainability
  • Health and safety, accident prevention, and regulatory compliance
  • Law, contract document administration and dispute prevention and resolution
  • Materials, labor, and methods of construction
  • Finance and accounting principles
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Cost management including plan reading, quantity takeoffs and estimating
  • Project Delivery methods
  • Leadership and managing people
  • Business and communication skills

The program produces graduates familiar with industry-specific management practices who have developed an ethical, global and sustainable problem-solving approach. Thus, our graduates will be prepared to meet the challenges of a variety of career options which include: construction project management, construction field management, construction project estimating, scheduling, project supply chain management, real estate management, specialty contract services management, capital projects management, installation management, facilities management, and construction material and equipment sales.

Upper-level courses offer students the opportunity to collaborate and innovate across these disciplines, incorporating the business management skills as well as the liberal arts core to explore innovative approaches to hands-on project management challenges.

The teaching faculty brings a wide variety of rich industry experience to the program. Many are current practitioners who bring their daily professional challenges to the classroom, enriching the student experience.

The proximity to Philadelphia’s active urban economy presents opportunity for a wide variety of jobsite experiences and exposure to innovative, state-of-the-art practices.

Housed in the University’s highly regarded College of Architecture and the Built Environment, the program allows students to learn collaboratively with students in the Architecture, Interior Design, Architectural Studies, Geodesign and Landscape Architecture programs.

Students are encouraged to participate in optional study abroad programs and internships.