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Construction Management (M.S.).M.s. in construction management online

Program Director: Edward Keeter


The Master of Science Degree in Construction Management is a STEM program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage each phase of the construction process as applied to complex commercial, infrastructure and residential building projects. The mission of the program is to offer a comprehensive construction and management education consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Architecture and the Built Environment to improve the quality and sustainability of the construction industry and thus the built environment.

Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the M.S. in Construction Management will:

  • Evaluate relevant cost, schedule, quality, and safety data and formulate and defend management decisions based on sound analysis.
  • Lead and/or effectively contribute to the success of complex project management teams of stakeholders such as owners, design professionals, code officials, colleagues and subordinates.
  • Formulate policies and procedures that anticipate challenges faced by construction project management teams.
  • Identify and evaluate the ethical choices faced by construction management professionals and formulate policies that promote ethical choices.
  • Foster and contribute in collaboration across all disciplines of construction project stakeholders and appreciate the benefit of that collaboration.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Construction Management will provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan and oversee each phase of the construction process as applied to complex commercial, infrastructure and residential building projects. 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:

  • Leadership, communication, problem solving, and business management skills.
  • Project Management from feasibility to commissioning and closeout.
  • Project life-cycle and sustainability.
  • Construction law, contract administration and regulatory compliance.
  • Types and behavior of construction materials and structures.
  • Project delivery methods
  • The means and methods of construction.
  • Finance and accounting principles and procedures for construction.
  • Planning, scheduling, and methods of integrated project control
  • Estimating, budgeting, purchasing, and cost control
  • Safety, health, environmental and quality management of the construction process

Areas of study will include: project planning, estimating, scheduling, risk management, construction information modeling techniques and documentation, legal and contractual issues, project finance and cost control, and health and safety. Moreover, a key component of the program will be the integration of techniques, materials and methods of sustainable building into the construction process. Future construction managers will be trained in the principles of sustainability and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. By definition, construction management is a cross-disciplinary practice that synthesizes aspects from the fields of business, architecture, engineering and construction. This degree program will provide a balance among various skill sets with emphasis upon practical application, thereby ensuring that a graduate has the necessary knowledge base to be simultaneously successful on a construction site and in an office setting.

Curriculum Design

The program’s 36-credit, 12-course curriculum can be completed in one to two years depending on the course load and sequencing taken by the student. The courses will be offered in two 15-week semesters per year, as well some offerings in the 12-week summer semester. In addition to coursework, a student may complete, as an Internship, a minimum of 400 hours in a construction firm under the supervision of an academic and a professional advisor.

Conditional Requirements

Before matriculation in the fall semester, a student must have acquired specific skill sets and introductory-level knowledge bases. The Program Director will review each applicant’s academic and work history to determine readiness for graduate-level study. Students who are judged deficient in certain content areas will be admitted conditionally upon completion of designated prerequisite coursework. Prerequisite courses can be completed by taking classes on campus or, if available, online during the summer before entering the program.

Program Requirements

MCM 600 Construction Estimating and Scheduling1 3
MCM 602 Construction Information Modeling1 3
SDN 601 Sustainable Design Methodologies1 3
MCM 603 Construction Law: Roles and Responsibilities1 3
MCM 604 Project Finance and Cost Control1 3
MCM 606 Construction Risk Management1 3
Directed Elective MCM 618 or MRE 601 or any iMBA 3
Directed Elective MCM 608 or any SDN Course 3
MCM 612 Advanced Construction Project Management2 3
MCM 901 Master’s Project3 3
Free Elective4 3
Free Elective4 3

MCM Core:  Must be taken before MCM 612
2 Prerequisites: MCM 600, 602, 603, 604, 606, SDN 601
3 Prerequisites:  MCM 612, and Directed Electives
4 Students may take any graduate level (numbered 600 and above) course from; MCM, MRE, SDN, GEOD, MARC, IMBA, with approval from the Program Director of the program in which the course resides.

Total Credit Hours: 36 Credits