Course Offerings

The MS in Construction Management courses are 100% online that lets you progress through the program at your own pace. The program features course electives in Executive and Sustainable Construction Management topics. The MS in Construction Management Technology requires 33 credit hours. Courses are offered in a two-year cycle, with start dates available at the beginning of each semester.

Course Descriptions

  • Preconstruction Project Management: Management and control of projects from authorization to 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)

  • Managing Construction Quality and 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 Operations and Strategic Management: Principles of construction company business management for U.S. companies. Executive-level construction functions including strategic planning, organizational structure, and ownership structure including succession planning. (3 credits)

  • Construction Accounting and 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)

  • Law for Construction Managers: A study of the legal system and its impact 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 and 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)

  • 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)

  • Construction Leadership and 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 as well as marketing theory, marketing vs. business development, the marketing process, and an introduction to a construction marketing dashboard. (3 credits)

  • Sustainable Site Development: This course focuses on sustainable methods of site construction, provisioning and routing, processes, and evaluative measures and standards as they relate to construction and design. Coordination and communication between sub-contractors and managing conflicts are explored towards efficiency in both time and materials. Projects and exams are based around project precedents and case studies using established metrics and processes across the industry. (3 credits)

  • Real Estate Development Process: This course provides a comprehensive overview of the real estate development process beginning with market analysis, legal considerations, feasibility, acquisition, entitlement, development and financing through construction completion, leasing and asset management. (3 credits)

  • Advanced Study of Facilities Systems: This course examines the design, applicable building codes, operations, maintenance, and most common failures of building engineering systems. This includes Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems, Drain, Waste, Vent (DWV) Systems, Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Power Distribution Systems, Lighting and Lighting Control Systems, Telecommunications Systems, Intrusion Detection Systems, Security Systems, Audio and Visual Systems, and Building Management Systems.(3 credits) 

  • Advanced Facilities Management: This course provides advanced facilities management (FM) practices in the life-cycle of the built environment, including core competencies, compliance and standards, operations & maintenance, risk management, sustainability, health & safety, real estate and financial management, human resources management, and workplace and utility management. In addition, FM practices include emergency preparedness, business continuity, leadership, contracts, capital and maintenance planning, outsourcing, procurement, space planning, occupant comfort and productivity, and energy management. The role of the facilities manager in hard (space and infrastructure) and soft services (grounds, custodial, waste management, pest control, parking, workspace management, catering) will be analyzed with case studies emphasizing the need for their integration in the design and construction process. The students will be able to interpret and analyze critical management principles in the operations phase of the built environment by identifying the fundamentals of facilities management theory and practice. (3 credits)

  • Value Engineering & Visualization for Sustainability: This course applies value engineering principles and life cycle costs to the built environment with particular focus on the effect of the decisions made in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment on the quality and cost. (3 credits)