Construction Management Master of science degree

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Advanced into leadership positions with this engaging construction management master's degree. 


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 program is offered entirely online.

The goal of the construction management master's degree is to provide students 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 can be completed in as little as one and a half years of full-time study, or approximately two-to-three to 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.

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Curriculum for Construction Management MS

Construction Management (comprehensive exam completion path), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CONM-650
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-690
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. Students will also be able to understand the role of construction managers in the design and construction of buildings while incorporating sustainable strategies. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
CONM-718
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-720
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
GRCS-701
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. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Professional Electives
6
Second Year
CONM-760
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. (Prerequisites: CONM-650 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-795
Comprehensive Exam
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. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Comp Exam 3 (Fall).
0
 
Professional Electives
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Construction Management (capstone project completion path), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CONM-650
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-690
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. Students will also be able to understand the role of construction managers in the design and construction of buildings while incorporating sustainable strategies. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
CONM-718
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-720
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
GRCS-701
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. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Professional Electives
6
Second Year
CONM-760
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. (Prerequisites: CONM-650 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-797
Graduate Project
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. (Prerequisite: GRCS-701 or equivalent course.) Project 3 (Biannual).
3
 
Professional Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Construction Management (thesis completion path), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CONM-650
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-690
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. Students will also be able to understand the role of construction managers in the design and construction of buildings while incorporating sustainable strategies. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
CONM-718
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-720
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. (This course is restricted to CONSMGT-MS students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
CONM-788
Thesis Planning
Students will rigorously develop their thesis research ideas, conduct literature reviews, identify and plan methodologies, prepare schedules, and gain a clear understanding of the expectations of the faculty and the discipline. Each student will be required to prepare a committee approved thesis research proposal and may begin work on their thesis. (Prerequisite: GRCS-701 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
GRCS-701
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. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Professional Elective
3
Second Year
CONM-760
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. (Prerequisites: CONM-650 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
CONM-790
Thesis
The graduate thesis is a formal research document that empirically relates theory with practice. A formal written thesis and oral defense are required. (Prerequisites: CONM-788 or equivalent course.) Thesis 3 (Spring).
3
 
Professional Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Admission Requirements

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

  • Submit a graduate application.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • 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 course work 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 cooperative 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.
  • 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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