Construction Management 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.
The development of professional skills and knowledge is a central requirement of an ACCE accredited master’s degree program. ACCE requires that all graduates accredited master’s degree programs be able to demonstrate mastery of the following Student Learning Outcomes:
- Create effective and professional written communications,
- Apply critical thinking,
- Apply problem solving techniques,
- Apply decision making techniques,
- Apply research methods,
- Apply advanced communication technology,
- Apply professional ethics,
- Apply advanced construction management practices,
- Understand risk management, and
- Understand the principles of leadership in business.
MSCM Program Mission
The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program at Wentworth Institute of Technology is a graduate program of study for construction professionals. 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 professional skills in administrative and executive leadership positions in design firms, construction companies and related disciplines. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available which allow for a variety of employment or educational opportunities including but not limited to working for general contractors, real-estate developers, sub-contractors, construction management and architectural/engineering firms, as well as advanced education and teaching options.
Wentworth MSCM Program Goals
To carry out 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.
Mapping of MSCM Program Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) to American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
The operation, academic integrity and improvement of the MSCM program is based on the relationship of MSCM Program Course Learning Outcomes to the American Council for Construction Educators (ACCE) Required Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The following verbs used in definition of all Learning Outcomes are consistent with Bloom’s taxonomy when engaged for student assessment in the MSCM program:
- Create: students produce new ideas/products that integrate the knowledge they have gained,
- Apply: students put information learned into context, and
- Understand: students demonstrate they understand content by explaining, summarizing, classifying, or translating the information.
All MSCM Course and Student Learning Outcomes relate to the ten (10) requirements set forth by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), as follows:
Effective and professional oral and written communications - MSCM students produce (create) effective and professional communication in written and oral formats
- Critical thinking and creativity – MSCM students analyze and integrate (apply) information to conduct critical, reasoned arguments.
- Problem solving and decision making - MSCM students design, evaluate, and implement (apply) strategies using advanced construction management concepts and practices.
- Current issues in construction decision making - MSCM students demonstrate knowledge from industry experiences and keep up to date on developments, best practices, as well as tools and techniques in the field to deploy (apply) appropriate decisions related to encountered construction problems.
- Research methods - MSCM students recognize and conduct (apply) valid, data-supported, and appropriate research in construction management.
- Use of information and communication technology - MSCM students put into practice (apply) computer systems, productivity tools, software, and other information and communication technology.
- Professional ethics including application to situations and choices - MSCM students identify ethical dilemmas in construction and apply practical skills to ethical situations.
- Advanced construction management practices - MSCM students demonstrate and apply knowledge of contemporary construction industry methods and construction management principles and practices.
- Complex project decision making and associated risk management - MSCM students recognize, weigh, and analyze (understand) risks associated with complex construction projects.
- Principles of leadership in business and management - MSCM students understand and apply practical management decision-making tools and techniques and leadership best practices.