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Construction Management (M.S.)

Program Director: Greg Lucado

Mission

The Master of Science Degree in Construction Management is 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 Outcomes

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 Degree 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. Areas of study will include: project planning, 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 Ecological 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 is designed as a 37-credit, 12-course curriculum that 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 will be required to complete a minimum of 400 hours’ work experience 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.

Full-Time Program

Fall Semester
MCM 600 Construction Estimating and Scheduling
3
MCM 602 Construction Information Modeling 3
SDN 601 Sustainable Design Methodologies 3
MBA 625 Management Communications and Negotiations 3
Spring Semester
MCM 603 Construction Law: Roles and Responsibilities 3
MCM 604 Project Finance and Cost Control 3
MCM 606 Construction Risk Management
3
SDN 603 Sustainable Systems
3
Elective
3
Summer Semester
MCM 612 Advanced Construction Project Management
3
MCM 901 Master’s Project
3
MCM-791 Construction Management Internship 1

Total Credit Hours: 37 Credits