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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

Become a Construction Leader

The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program is designed for working professionals who wish to advance their career through post-graduate study in construction management principles. This part-time program—offered in both online and on-campus formats— is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and is designed to give students a strong understanding of construction management concepts, from pre-design through closeout.

To earn the degree, you will take 10 courses (including a capstone), earning 30 credits. Many students are able to complete the program in under two years, enabling you to advance in your career quickly. You will then be prepared to take advantage of rising demand in the industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction managers’ median annual salary in Massachusetts was approximately $101,250 in 2012, and nationally the occupation is projected to grow at a faster than average rate of 16% through 2020.

  • Program Objectives

    You will emerge from the Master of Science in Construction Management program prepared for professional and personal success thanks to the following goals around which the program was designed:

    • 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.

    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.

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    In this program you will gain the following skills:

    • Critical thinking and creativity
    • Problem solving and decision making
    • Effective and professional oral and written communications
    • Use of information and communication technology
    • Principles of leadership in business and management
    • Current issues in construction
    • Complex project decision making and associated risk management
    • Professional ethics including application to situations and choices
    • Advanced construction management practices
    • Research methods
  • Admissions Requirements & Process

    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 Managing Construction Projects (TCMC) professional certificate. Other admissions requirements include:

    • Online application
    • Current resume
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • Two professional recommendations
    • Statement of purpose

    Tuition:

    • $1,135 per credit hour
  • Curriculum 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.

Program Curriculum

  • FIRST YEAR

    Fall Semester (total credits 6)

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

    Spring Semester (total credits 6)

    • MGMT 7050, Business Finance & Investment
    • CONM 7400, 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 2015:

Construction Managers with MS degrees on average brought home more than 65K per year.

Top 5 Job Titles for Construction Managers with MS degrees:

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