Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study for the MS in Building Construction Management program. Courses are offered in a two-year cycle, and you must begin the program in the fall semester. We'll work with you to establish your individual plan of study.

Semester 1 (fall of even years)

  • Managing Construction Quality & Production. Advanced techniques for assessing the success of construction project management, including schedule, cost, safety and quality measurements. Impacts of pre-planning, human factors and communication systems on quality and productivity. Statistical methods for analysis of construction operations. (3 credits)
  • Construction Accounting & Financial Management. Accounting techniques, financial methods and financial management for construction firm management. Analysis techniques for contemporary construction company accounting and finance practice, with an emphasis on cash flow analysis and cash management. (3 credits)
  • Academic Writing Seminar 1. Analysis of the requirements of research reports. Emphasis on research methods and concepts, identifying the major issues, academic literature reviews, data collection and presentation methods, and selecting a research topic. (1 credit)

Semester 2 (spring of odd years)

  • Construction Operations & Strategic Management. Operation management is the middle layer of management that implements the strategic plan. This includes the management of project managers and all other functions of the construction company. Strategic management provides overall direction to the enterprise and is the highest level of managerial activity. (3 credits)
  • Risk Management in Construction. Analysis of the depth and breadth of risk in construction. Defining key terms and concepts used in various risk management arenas—legal statutes, precedent and case studies relevant to construction risk management, insurance and surety bonding. Subjects include contracts, torts, insurance, surety, safety laws, quality and risk management models. Analysis of case studies to utilize risk management tools and identify issues and possible approaches. Project risk control including management of foreseeable hazards as well as unforeseen conditions. (3 credits)

Semester 3 (summer of every year)

  • Analysis of Research in Construction. Analysis of research and evaluation of research reports. Emphasis on understanding the application of business research procedures, including fundamental statistical methods in the solution of a relevant construction industry problem. (4 credits)

Semester 4 (fall of odd years)

  • Law for Construction Managers. A study of the legal system and its effect on the construction process. The focus is on the legal obligations, rights and remedies pertaining to the construction company. Topics include bidding, contracts and construction changes. (3 credits)
  • Construction Management Training & Development. Identification, training and development of future company leaders. Mentorship as a required managerial activity, effective delegation of responsibility and empowerment of subordinates to take initiative. (3 credits)
  • Academic Writing Seminar 2. Provides a higher level understanding of scholarly writing as it is applied to the individual student's research. Students also learn to present their technical work to an audience in a clear, easily understandable form. (1 credit)

Semester 5 (spring of even years)

  • Preconstruction Project Management. Management and control of projects from the authorization to proceed to the start of construction. Project success factors, conceptual and parametric estimating, design planning and management, constructability review techniques and value engineering methods. Real estate transactions. Land zoning, platting, development and pro forma calculations.  (3 credits)
  • Construction Leadership & Marketing. Analysis of organizational leadership at the executive level. The goals of this course are to introduce and stimulate thought and discussion of leadership theories, characteristics and behaviors of successful leaders, contextual factors affecting leader effectiveness, dynamics of leader-follower relationships, communication, decision making and contemporary challenges confronting organizational leaders. On the topic of marketing, the course will focus on marketing theory, marketing versus business development, the marketing process and an introduction to a construction marketing dashboard. (3 credits)

Semester 6 (summer of every year)

  • Capstone Writing. The capstone is a culminating educational event that requires the student to use the collective knowledge and skills that have been acquired during the course of the program. Specifically, the capstone is an opportunity to select a construction problem or issue (possibly tied to your own company), which is then analyzed, corrected and documented in a structured scholarly paper. (3 credits)