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Master of Science in Construction Management

College of Professional & Continuing Education

Part Time
Graduate Program
Masters Programs
On Campus, Online

Program Description

The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) will prepare you for an exciting career in construction management. Combining courses in project management, business, construction, and real estate, the MSCM will give you the skills and knowledge you need to oversee the planning, design and construction of a building from pre-design to closeout. In 2017, our MSCM was named the Best Construction Management Program in the US by College Factual based on the “superior outcomes for those earning a degree in Construction Management.” Graduates of our program earn top dollar and secure a long-term position in the construction industry. Thesis optional.

Benefits of the program:

  • A flexible, part-time program that can be completed in as little as 2 years
  • Classes taught by distinguished faculty and industry experts
  • American Council on Construction Education (ACCE) accreditation

What to expect:

  • 10 classes
  • 5 semesters 
  • 30 credits

Learn more about Master's Degree programs at wit.edu/continuing-ed

 

  • Program Objectives

    • Mastery of core construction management competencies including planning, design, business and finance, executive management, leadership, decision-making, legal codes and real estate development
    • Ability to use applied classroom knowledge and current construction industry best practices to resolve real-world challenges
    • Acquire skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, use of information and technology, risk management, professional ethics, advanced construction management, research methodology
  • Admissions Requirements & Tuition

    Applicants to the Master of Science in Construction Management program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. You should be able to demonstrate competency in construction estimating, construction scheduling and management; these competencies may be gained through past work and/or academic experience, as well as through Wentworth’s Undergraduate Certificate in Managing Construction Projects. Other admissions requirements include:

    • Online application
    • Current resume
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • One professional letter of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Application deadline: Spring 2019: November 15, 2018; Fall 2019: August 1,2019

    Tuition:

    • $1,135 per credit hour
  • Start Terms

    • Fall 2019
  • Course Descriptions

    • Business Relations & HR ManagementUnderstanding human resources from an enterprise or project portfolio level – including negotiating in different cultures – and how to manage a diverse workforce where managers and employees may be in different countries.
    • Executive Management for CM – Using case studies and analysis, topics include leadership, authority and decision making, and ethics concepts as systems-thinking ways of winning cooperation from associates, customers and the construction project participants.
    • Business Finance & Investments – This course is designed to develop the financial skills and thought processes necessary to understand and implement financial policy decisions in a global economy and addresses the impact of legal, social, technological and ethical considerations related to the practice of corporate finance. This course stresses effective written and oral communication skills necessary for the design and implementation of financial decisions.
    • Advanced Project Controls – Covers the essential construction project controls necessary to be an effective project manager. Several key aspects of construction projects such as construction contracts, cost estimation, planning and scheduling, equipment costs and productivity, construction control and monitoring, and risk management are discussed.
    • Business Operations & Process Management – Focuses on effective planning, scheduling, use and control of resources; includes examination of design engineering, industrial engineering management information systems, quality management, production management, inventory management, accounting and other functions.
    • Modern Construction Delivery Methods – This course will expose students to current Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry practices that are used to finance and manage the design and construction of capital facilities.
    • Construction Law for CM – This course will examine key legal concepts in the construction industry, including standard construction contract forms and documents, contractual relationships, risk allocation, procurement and contract formation issues, and alternative dispute resolution.
    • Real Estate for CM – Understanding the real estate development process from the point of view of the major players. Topics include the developer’s role, the relationship between owner/developer, architect and contractor, legal issues and the perspective of lenders and investor partners.
    • CM Elective – Choices include International Business, Economics & International Business, Research Methods, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation, Public Sector Construction, an MS Facility Management course or an MS Technology Management course.
    • Capstone in CM – This course will guide students in the development of their research topic. It integrates applied classroom and current industry practice and knowledge through observation and interpretation of realistic CM issues.
  • Accreditation

    The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program at Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

    The goal of ACCE is to promote and improve construction education in colleges and universities. By working together through ACCE, people representative of the total construction community and the public at large, construction educators and constructors, establish and maintain standards and criteria for accreditation, provide guidance to those programs seeking to achieve accredited status, and carry out the accreditation process. For more information visit: ACCE

    ACCE accreditation serves the interests of:

    • Students: by helping them identify institutions and programs that offer quality education in construction education.
    • The construction Industry: by enabling employers to identify persons who have the potential for making lasting contributions to the construction industry and their profession.
    • Owners / Users of Constructed Facilities and the Public at Large: by raising the professional caliber of constructors and thus the quality of the construction for which they assume responsibility.

Program Curriculum

  • FIRST YEAR

    Fall Semester (total credits 6)

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

    Spring Semester (total credits 6)

    • MGMT 7050, Business Finance & Investment
    • CONM 7150, Advanced Project Controls

    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)

    • CONM8000: Capstone Research Project in CM (3)  

    Elective

    • Construction Management
    • Facility Management
    • Technology Management

    Summer Semester (total credits 6)

    • CONM 8000, Construction Management Thesis (optional)

Program Tracking Sheet

Construction Management in the World

Earnings in 2016:

Average starting salary: $68,000

Top 5 Job Titles for Construction Managers with MS degrees:

  • Project Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Superintendent
  • Field Manager
  • Civil Engineer