Master of Science in Construction Management
The Master of Science in Construction Management program offers the advanced degree you need to take your career to the next level. Whether you are interested in full-time study or you are a working professional pursuing your studies part-time, our graduate term structure will allow you to accelerate your studies. The program can be finished in as little as one year studying full-time and as few as 18 months studying part-time.
Why Choose Master of Science in Construction Management?
Construction projects, from buildings to roads and other types of infrastructure, are a constant in today’s society, and construction managers are needed to coordinate the many aspects of these large-scale projects from beginning to end. A Construction Manager supervises and implements the effective management of the project’s schedule, cost, quality, safety, scope, and function. Construction Management is an exciting and multifaceted career that requires a wide range of skills and expertise from engineering and business knowledge, to communication skills and time management. With an MS in Construction Management, you’ll be prepared for the many opportunities available in the construction industry. View our current tuition rates.
What Will You Study?
To satisfy requirements for an advanced degree in construction management, you will take seven core courses that will include Construction Management; Materials Selection, Cost Estimation, and Bidding; Engineering Cost Analysis; Legal Aspects of Engineering; Occupational Safety and Health; and others. Prior to the completion of your first four courses, you will choose a faculty advisor and plan of study for the remainder of your program. Master’s candidates will select from three options: 1) an all-course option, 2) a project option, which includes advanced coursework and a final presented project, and 3) a thesis option, that involves advanced coursework and a thesis with presentation.
Top 5 Reasons to Choose the MS in Construction Management
An Advanced Degree to Advance Into Management–Technology and innovation are changing the world at a rapid pace, with the construction management industry predicted to grow faster than average in the next 10 years. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction managers make an annual median salary of $93,370 per year. To advance into leadership positions, you need expertise in both your primary focus and in business. The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Construction Management gives you that edge to position yourself for new opportunities to advance your career.
An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Designed for the Real World–With courses rooted in civil engineering, industrial engineering, and engineering management you’ll gain a well-rounded knowledge base in engineering as it pertains to construction management. Elective opportunities in business and management will give you a perspective into the business world that will prepare you for management and leadership roles.
Choose Your Path: All-Course, Project, or Thesis Options–You can choose from three options to complete your MS in Construction Management degree. With the All-Course option, you will complete 10 graduate courses that include open electives from which you will choose from courses in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering as well as Engineering Management or Business. Through the Project or Thesis options you will work with a faculty advisor to take a deeper dive in a topic of interest, culminating in your final report and presentation.
Accelerated Study at Your Own Pace–Whether you are interested in full-time study or you are a working professional pursuing your studies part-time, our year-round, four-term structure will allow you to accelerate your studies. Finish in as little as one year studying fulltime and as few as 18 months studying part-time. Classes are held on-campus in the evening with many of the course offerings available fully online.
Individualized Attention Through Small Classes–Our graduate classes average 20 students. The smaller classes will help you maximize your ability to interact with your professors, collaborate with classmates, and really absorb the advanced course materials.
Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes
Our graduates will:
a. Demonstrate a strong fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base and critical thinking skills.
b. Actively engage in lifelong learning related to the construction management profession.
c. Plan, design, analyze, develop, organize, and manage construction management projects.
Accordingly, the program has documented student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of construction management.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to construction management.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
- Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in construction management, architecture, civil engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering technology. Other related disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- An undergraduate GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale).
- International students should reference our International Admissions page at wne.edu/international for more information.
How Are Courses Offered?
Classes are held on-campus in the evening with many of the course offerings available fully online.
You’ll learn from our experienced civil engineering and engineering management faculty who are dedicated to your success. They will guide you not only through coursework, but also through projects, outside research, career opportunities, and internships. The personal attention and support you’ll receive is unparalleled. All members of the full-time faculty have doctoral degrees with research expertise in areas such as multi-modal transportation system integration and coordination, energy efficiency, water resources, retrofitting and repair of infrastructure systems, supply chain management, discreet event systems, production systems, and risk management.
Construction Managers are needed around the globe to help complete building projects efficiently and safely. The College of Engineering enjoys a growing reputation among international students for the caliber of our graduate programs. Learn more about our support for international students.
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