Construction Management Master of science degree

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Advanced in to leadership positions with this engaging master's degrees in construction management. 

The master of science degree in construction management is specifically designed for experienced construction management professionals interested in advancing into leadership positions within the field. The program may also accommodate recent graduates of undergraduate programs in construction management or related disciplines.

The goals of the program are to provide graduates with the requisite strategic skills to lead and advance the construction industry. Graduates will develop competencies in leadership, construction cost analysis and control, construction operations management and productivity, construction business development, sustainable design and construction, and construction client relationship building. As part of the multidisciplinary nature of the program, a wide range of electives from different disciplines provides graduates with flexibility to take relevant courses across RIT. Core construction management courses in the program are taught by faculty with both field and research experience in the discipline.  

Plan of study

The program is hosted completely online and designed with the working professional in mind. You will have the convenience and flexibility to plan your course work around your work or personal commitments. The program consists of 30 credit hours and can be completed in as little as one and a half years of full-time study, or approximately 2 to 3 years of part-time study. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a choice of a graduate thesis, project, or a comprehensive exam.

This program is also offered online. View Online Option.


Construction Management, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Principles of Construction Leadership and Management
Introduction to leadership and management principles applicable to the construction industry including those associated with strategic planning, construction processes, communications, ethical behavior, human resources development, financial management, and risk management. There will be an emphasis on safety and loss prevention management, insurance and risk management, marketing construction services, and bonding requirements for construction companies.
Sustainable Building Construction and Design
This course will prepare students to critically assess and prepare written communications regarding the current and evolving understandings, practices, and potentials of sustainable building construction and design and prepare them with the skills to determine and communicate value-to-cost differences between “green” and conventional designs. Assignments will include preparation of CSR-related: white papers, research proposals; and responses to professional solicitations.
Construction Operations and Productivity
A study of construction operations with emphasis on productivity enhancement focusing on an integrated approach to planning, modeling, analysis, and design of construction operations. This includes productivity concepts; data collection; analysis of productivity data and factors affecting productivity; means for improving production and study of productivity improvement programs.
Construction Cost Analysis and Management
A logistical study of pre-construction cost analysis and construction management procedures, including conceptual estimating, project cost analysis and control, value engineering, life-cycle costing, feasibility studies, project financial and economic modeling, and quantitative risk analysis techniques.
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments.
Professional Electives
Second Year
Construction Client Development
This course introduces and develops techniques for construction client development, including: the structured sales approach; the referral system; building upon successful projects; exploring how satisfied clients can contribute to winning future construction contracts; the cost and the value of keeping all stakeholders satisfied; the requisite skills for successful construction project sales and how they differ from other professions in the organization. Students will analyze case studies of successful and unsuccessful construction contracts. Includes a three day, on-campus, executive leader session during the 12th week of class.
Choose one of the following:
   Thesis, plus GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communications
The graduate thesis is a formal research document that empirically relates theory with practice. A formal written thesis and oral defense are required.
   Comprehensive Exam, plus two Professional Electives
A written comprehensive exam is one of the non-thesis methodologies for completion of the MS degree. This course will provide a forum for independent review of the main concepts of the program core subject areas. The student will take a written examination at the conclusion of the course and must receive a passing grade of at least 80% to be successful. Students will have one additional opportunity to pass this examination if their initial attempt is unsuccessful.
   Graduate Project, plus one Professional Elective
This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their capabilities developed through their course of study to design, develop and/or evaluate a construction management related project culminating in a written report or manuscript and presentation.
Total Semester Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in construction management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in construction management, civil engineering, civil engineering technology or related program that includes at least 15 semester hours of college level math and science.  Applicants holding other bachelor degrees with appropriate, related work experience will be considered for admission on an individual basis,
  • Have coursework or equivalent documented professional experience in cost estimating, planning & scheduling and project management.  
  • Business/management courses and a statistics course are strongly recommended.
  • Have at least one-year relevant construction management experience.  Those who lack appropriate work experience may be required to complete one or more semesters of related graduate co-operative work experience;
  • If academic and/or work preparation is needed before being admitted and beginning graduate studies, applicants are encouraged to develop a plan with the program chair. Preparatory course(s) may be completed at RIT or with pre-approval may be completed at other universities. Each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
  • Submit a completed, official graduate application, accompanied by official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work;
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 570 on the written exam, 230 on the electronic version of the exam, or 88 on the internet version of the exam is required. 

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