2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Master of Science in Construction Management

Construction Management (MSCM)
Leading to the Master of Science degree

Philip Hammond, Director of Graduate Programs
Dobbs Hall, Room 107
617-989-4594

The practicing professionals of our Department are experienced industry leaders who add significantly to the MSCM classes.

Master of Science in Construction Management Program Faculty

  • Joshua Anderson, MS, Adjunct (5 years on staff)
  • Payam Bakhshi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (5 years on staff)
  • Mark Baranski, MS, Adjunct (2 years on staff)
  • Margaret Barrett, MA, Adjunct (2 years on staff)
  • Ilyas Bhatti, MS/ PE, Associate Professor (7 years on staff)
  • Albert Caldarelli, JD, Adjunct (2 years on staff)
  • Raul Simeon Consunji, MBA, Adjunct (2 years on staff)
  • Christine Cosma, Ph.D. / PE, Associate Professor (11 years of service)
  • Gautham Das, Ph.D. / PE, Associate Professor (3 years of service)
  • Laura Davis, MBA, Adjunct (2 years of service)
  • Leonard DeLosh, MS, Associate Professor (4 years of service)
  • Thomas Dunn, JD, Adjunct (1 years of service)
  • Ronald Fionte, MS, Adjunct (5 years of service)
  • Mark Edward Fitzgerald, MS, Adjunct (1 years of service)
  • Robin Frkal, Ph.D., Adjunct (2 years of service)
  • Frederick Gould, MS / PE, Adjunct (1 years of service)
  • Mark Hasso, Ph.D. / PE, Professor (28 years of service)
  • Ian Hudson, Ph.D, Adjunct (2 years of service)
  • Hal Johnston, MS, Adjunct (2 years of service)
  • William Kearney, M.S. / CCM, Associate Professor (3 years of service)
  • Scott Kelting, Ed.D, Adjunct (1 years of service)
  • Robert Lizza, JD, Adjunct (1 years of service)
  • Thomas G. Massimo, MS, Adjunct (5 years of service)
  • Mary Kaitlin McSally, JD, Adjunct (5 years of service)
  • Alice Cristina Mello Cavallo, Ph.D, Adjunct (4 years of service)
  • Michael Montoya, MS / PE, Adjunct (1 years of service)
  • Richard Moore, MS, Adjunct (1 years of service)
  • Gary Osmond, MS, Adjunct (3 years of service)
  • Sandra Owen, MS, Adjunct (3 years of service)
  • Carl Pearson, MS, Adjunct (5 years of service)
  • Justin Reginato, Ph.D. / PE, Adjunct (2 years of service)
  • Catherine Shanks, MS, Adjunct (3 years of service)
  • Erik Simon, Ph.D. / CPC, Associate Professor (3 years of service)
  • Jeffrey Slattery, MS, Adjunct (2 years of service)
  • Monica Snow, Ph.D. / PE, Associate Professor (9 years of service)
  • Cindy Stevens, Ph.D., Associate Professor (16 years of service)
  • Clifford Tischler, MS, Adjunct (3 years of service)
  • Fredrick Trilling, MBA/JD, Associate Professor (5 years of service)
  • Cynthia C.Y. Tsao, MS / Ph. D., Adjunct (4 years of service)
  • Lindsey Wagner, MS, Adjunct (1 years of service)

Practicing Professionals Guest Lecturers/Industry Experts

  • David Pernini, Esq., DCAM
  • Dr. Davis Jordan, President and CEO Seven Hills Foundation
  • Michael Dukakis, Former MA Governor
  • Fredrick Salvucci, Former MA Secretary of Transportation
  • John Macomber, Macomber Construction, President
  • Peter Zuk, Former Director of Big Dig
  • James Becker, Skanska USA
  • David Pernini, Esq., DCAM
  • Thomas Kinton, Massport
  • Sam Sleiman, Massport
  • Richard Moore, Sr. Exec. VP International TetraTech
  • Thomas Richert, Tuscan River Corp.
  • Robert France, Senate Construction, President
  • William Seery, Director Eggrock Modular Solutions
  • Dan Anderson, AndersonPorter Design
  • Peter Campot, Suffolk Construction, President
  • Maureen McDonough, Esq., Harvard University
  • Hal Macomber, Lean Project Consulting
  • Michael Gnazzo, Cenaxo, Principal
  • Luciana Burdy, Massport
  • Jill Rothenberg, ADD Inc. Architects CIO
  • Maureen McDonough, Esq., Harvard University
  • David Umstot, PE, Vice Chancellor of FM, SDCCD
  • Jack Blaisdell, Past Vice President and Chief Engineer, United Parcel Service
  • Fred Laskey,  Ex. Director MWRA
  • Andrea D'Amato, VP Kleinfelder, Former Boston Commissioner of Transportation
  • Paul Levy, Former CEO Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital, former Exe. Dir. MWRA
  • Richard Moore, Sr. Exec. VP International TetraTech
  • Steven McLaughlin, PM Mass DOT

Program Mission Statement/Goals

Mission

The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) at Wentworth Institute of Technology College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is a program of study for construction professionals. Started in 2010, the program is designed to educate students in foundational post graduate management principles combined with relevant construction education and experience in topics that are specific to preparing and advancing professionals’ skills in administrative and executive leadership positions in design and construction companies and related disciplines.

The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program at Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), in July 2015. The ACCE notice of accreditation award can be found at \Accreditation\ACCE Accreditation Announcement 8.4.15.pdf.

Goals

To accomplish the mission of the Master of Science in Construction Management program, the following program goals have been developed in order to prepare students academically for personal and professional success in the built environment. The attainment of goals is evaluated through the program’s outcome assessment program:

  • Present opportunities to develop metacognitive and life-long learning skills for students seeking increasingly complex management responsibilities, new leadership roles and overall career advancement
  • Expose students to subject matter and industry experts and the latest technological and managerial/leadership advancements and their effects on the Construction Industry.
  • Prepare and develop students from related disciplines to advance into the field of Construction Management.

Student Learning Outcomes

The operation, academic integrity and improvement of the MSCM program is based on the relationship of MSCM Program Course and Learning Outcomes to American Council for Construction Educators (ACCE) Required Program Learning Outcomes (PLO). MSCM Course and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are mapped to the ten (10) PLOs required by American Council for Construction Educators (ACCE). As MSCM students seek out advanced managerial and leadership positions in construction related careers, graduates will be able to:

  1. Critical thinking and creativity – MSCM students analyze and integrate information to conduct critical, reasoned arguments.
  2. Problem solving and decision making - MSCM students design, evaluate, and implement strategies using advanced construction management concepts and practices.
  3. Effective and professional oral and written communications - MSCM students produce effective and professional communication in written and oral formats.
  4. Use of information and communication technology - MSCM students put into practice computer systems, productivity tools, software, and other information and communication technology.
  5. Principles of leadership in business and management - MSCM students apply practical management decision-making tools and techniques and leadership best practices.
  6. Current issues in construction - MSCM students demonstrate knowledge from industry experiences and keep up-to-date on developments, best practices, as well as tools and techniques in the
  7. Complex project decision making and associated risk management - MSCM students recognize, weigh, and analyze risks associated with complex construction projects
  8. Professional ethics including application to situations and choices - MSCM students identify ethical dilemmas in construction and apply practical skills to ethical situations
  9. Advanced construction management practices - MSCM students demonstrate knowledge of contemporary construction industry methods and construction management principles and practices.
  10. Research methods - MSCM students recognize and conduct valid, data-supported, and appropriate research in construction management.

Student Resources

“Preparing and advancing professionals’ skills in administrative and executive leadership positions in design and construction companies and related disciplines.”

Master of Science in Construction Management Graduates Salary Ranges

  • Average Salary: $63,333
  • Low: $50,000
  • Median: $60,000
  • High: $80,000

MSCM students are employed in various markets and hold a variety of positions for varied Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) companies.

Masters in Construction Management (MSCM)

  • CONM7050, Research Methodology for CM
  • CONM7000, Executive Management for CM
  • CONM7250, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • CONM7300, Real Estate Development
  • CONM7200, Construction Law
  • CONM7100, Modern Const Delivery Mthds
  • CONM8000, Capstone Research in CM
  • CONM8900, MSCM Thesis
  • MGMT7000, Bus Relations and HR Mgmt
  • MGMT7050, Business Finance and Investment
  • MGMT7150, Bus Operations and Process Mgmt
  • MGMT7300, Economics and Int'l Business

The MSCM program, delivered on campus and online, educates students in foundational business management principles and construction education and allows those who want to pursue an advanced terminal degree the opportunity to do so. Students must complete a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits) and may also choose to complete a 2-course (6 credits) thesis option. To fully integrate both academic and practical learning, each course will utilize both industry professionals as well as academic experts. This is a cohort-based, part-time program that can be completed in less than two years. Additionally, the program has an optional thesis designed to prepare students who want to pursue advanced study and subsequent teaching opportunities.

Degree Details

  • Total credits for degree: 30
  • Total credits for Thesis Option: 36

This is a five-semester program that begins in the fall semester of the student’s first year and is planned to end after the spring semester of their second year. An optional thesis may be taken in the following summer semester.

Construction Management Electives

During the MSCM program, students take one elective in the spring semester of the second year from offerings that may include: CONM7250, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation for CM; CONM7050, Research Methods for CM; CONM 7500, International Construction; a class from the MS in Facility Management program; or a class from the MS in Technology Management program.

Construction Management (MSCM)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 6)

  • MGMT7000, Business Relations & Human Resources Management
  • CONM 7000, Executive Management for CM

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 6)

  • MGMT 7050, Business Finance & Investment
  • MGMT7300, Economics and International Business

First Year, Summer Semester (total credits 6)

  • MGMT 7150, Business Operations & Process Management
  • CONM 7100, Modern Construction Delivery  Methods

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 6)

  • CONM 7200, Construction Law for CM
  • CONM 7300, Real Estate for CM

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 6)

Elective

  • Construction Management
  • Facility Management
  • Technology Management
  • CONM8000, Capstone Research in CM

Second Year, Summer Semester (total credits 6)

  • CONM 8000, Construction Management Thesis (optional)

Scholarships for Wentworth MSCM students are offered through varied construction industry associations; for example:

  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America Scholarship
  • AGC of MA/Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP)
  • American Council for Construction Educators (ACCE) Dupree Scholarship
  • American Council for Construction Educators (ACCE) Dupree/NHE Scholarship
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Scholarship
  • Wentworth Mason Graduate Fellowship Fund Scholarship
  • Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, Inc. (ASM) Scholarship
  • Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA) Annual Scholarship
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Scholarship

Services and Opportunities, Special Events and Trade Association Meetings

  • Annual Wentworth Institute of Technology Lecture Series programs
  • Associated General Contractors of MA (AGC of MA) Building Systems for the Construction Professional Series
  • AGC Construction Leadership Council (CLC)
  • Annual Boston Society of Civil Engineers Society (BSCES) Engineers Week
  • Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA) Young Members
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers Society (BSCES) Younger Member Group
  • WITWorks –Employment opportunities and job postings
  • Annual College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) Job Shadow Day
  • Annual Wentworth Institute of Technology Career Fair
  • Annual Wentworth Department of Construction Management Career Networking Event

Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) Trade Associations

  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America Scholarship
  • Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC of MA)
  • American Council for Construction Educators (ACCE)
  • Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, Inc. (ASM)
  • Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA)
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
  • American Institute of Constructors (AIC)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Associated Specialty Contractors, Inc. (ASC)
  • Boston Society of Architects (BSA)
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers Society (BSCES)
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
  • Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT)
  • Construction Owners Association of America (COAA)
  • Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
  • Design Build Institute of America (DBIA NE)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Lean Construction Institute (LCI)
  • Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA)
  • Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC)
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
  • National Hispanic Construction Association (NHCA)
  • National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA)
  • National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
  • Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA)
  • Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC)
  • Professional Women in Construction (PWC) CT
  • Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors (SMACMA) Boston
  • The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT)
  • United States Hispanic Construction Association (USHCA)
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA (WCOE)