Construction Management (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Construction Management provides students with both the academic and applied analysis, knowledge, and skills necessary for success to compete in the global construction marketplace. The program provides the research-based expertise necessary to solve complex problems in the management of multimillion and billion-dollar construction projects, and aims to develop competencies essential for success and leadership through two levels of course curriculum. The curriculum provides a challenging framework of learning opportunities that blend the best of theoretical and applied analysis, foster experiential learning, and build strong connections to the industry.

Admission to the Master of Science in Construction Management is highly selective. Requirements include superior performance in attaining the bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Successful candidates must demonstrate strong writing skills with the ability to effectively communicate concepts and ideas subtly and succinctly. Basic verbal, quantitative, and communications skills are assessed prior to matriculation, and any deficiencies corrected prior to beginning the program’s core courses. A GMAT/GRE is not required but may be submitted by students for consideration towards admissions. The committee also considers the nature and extent of previous work with preference given to those possessing a minimum of two or more years of professional experience.

Curriculum 

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
REAL 5014Negotiation 1.5
REAL 5051Advanced Construction Contracts, Claims, and Dispute Resolution3
REAL 5052Construction Financial Management1.5
REAL 5054Construction Cost Estimating and Bidding Strategies1.5
REAL 5056Construction Scheduling and Impact Analysis1.5
REAL 5058Pre-Construction Project Planning and Development3
REAL 5060Construction Project Delivery3
REAL 6051Advanced Construction Methods and Materials3
Elective Courses9
Select 9 credits from the list below.
Capstone
REAL 6300Applied Project3
Total Credits30

Construction Management Electives

Courses in this group have the CONM attribute.

Course Title Credits
REAL 5002Real Estate Finance3
REAL 5104The Real Estate Development Process3
REAL 6001Real Estate Financial Modeling1.5
REAL 6004Adaptive Reuse and Sustainability1.5
REAL 6006Development Project Leadership, Management and Communications1.5
REAL 6008Affordable Housing1.5
REAL 6009Commercial Leasing1.5
REAL 6010Development Project Finance1.5
REAL 6011Building Systems, Operations, and Maintenance1.5
REAL 6013Real Estate Management3
REAL 6014Land Use Law1.5
REAL 6016Real Estate Entrepreneurship Business Planning1.5
REAL 6021Special Topics in Construction1.5
REAL 6022Special Topics in Real Estate1.5

About the Curriculum

Core

The 18-credit core curriculum is designed to give students an in-depth mastery of the academic disciplines and applied functional areas necessary to every construction and real estate project professional’s success. The core leaves students with essential analysis, critical thinking and decision-making skills while creating a common student experience that fosters community. Students are required to complete all 18 core credits. The core requirements of the Master of Science in Construction Management are designed to ensure that every graduate has a grasp of the most important elements of construction project planning and management, contracts, methods and materials, estimating, scheduling, financial and cost management, risk assessment, risk management, quality control, communication, leadership, ethics, and negotiation while the electives allow each student to pursue a specific subject area.

Electives

The 9-credit elective course requirement offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in specialized topics of their choice. Students may assemble their own elective sequences or select the courses that are part of the Advanced Certificate in Real Estate Management.

Capstone

The 3-credit capstone is the culmination of all the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program. Students must be able to assimilate all that they have learned in the core courses and apply it within the context of a real-world setting. Subject to adviser pre-approval, students undertake an Applied Project (REAL 6300) under the direction of a faculty supervisor, that upon completion demonstrates professional-level mastery of the subject matter involved.