Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study for the online Master of Science with a concentration in Construction Management program featuring course selectives in Executive and Sustainable Construction Management topics. Courses are offered in a two-year cycle, with start dates available at the beginning of each Fall semester.  Each Fall term starts with a required orientation session where you will meet other industry leaders, faculty, and students in the motivated peer group. Required courses are noted with an asterisk.

Semester 1 (Fall of even years)

  • *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. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
  • *Academic Writing Seminar 1: Analysis of the requirements of research reports. Emphasis on research methods and concepts, identifying major issues, academic literature reviews, data collection and presentation methods, and selecting a research topic. (1 credits)

Selective Course (choose 1):

  • 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. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
  • Value Engineering & Visualization for Sustainability: In this class, students will acquire knowledge in value engineering principles to enhance both the quality and the utility of any system. Starting with the early phases of a project and using visualization technology the students will apply traditional Value Engineering approaches to establish value and performance criteria of a project, develop life cycle cost and optimize designs to meet sustainability principles and maximize owner’s return on investment. (3 credits)
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Sustainability: An overview of Green and Sustainable principles and technologies within the context of Building Information Management and Modeling. The course emphasizes construction documentation for LEED certification. Students are expected to cover a number of readings to explore LEED credits and points score systems, information management principles, techniques and tools. Students will become proficient with software related to the field and develop solutions based on integration of knowledge and software. (3 credits)

Semester 2 (Spring of odd years)

  • *Construction Operations & 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. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)

Selective Course (choose 1):

  • 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. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (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)

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 construction industry relevant problem. (4 credits)

Semester 4 (Fall of odd years)

  • *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 as well as marketing theory, marketing vs. business development, the marketing process, and an introduction to a construction marketing dashboard. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
  • *Academic Writing Seminar 2 (1 credit)

Selective Course (choose 1):

  • 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. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
  • Energy Conserving Building Retrofit: This course introduces energy related reconstruction of buildings with an emphasis on light commercial buildings. Retrofit topics include: Basic thermodynamics, energy conserving technologies, Impact of site characteristics, Indoor air quality, Water conservation measures,  measuring and benchmarking energy performance, cost / benefit Analysis, financing energy improvements, as well as building operation and management to reduce energy & water use. (3 credits)

Semester 5 (Spring of even years)

  • *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. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)

Selective Course (choose 1):

  • 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. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written departmental department or instructor approval. Non BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
  • Special Topics in Sustainable Interior Design: A study of sustainable approaches to interior design practices and the built environment.  Topics may include interior product or material innovations, daylighting, label and rating systems, human factors, acoustical and visual comfort, innovative energy or water conservation systems and fixtures, and other interior design specific strategies. (3 credits)

Semester 6 (Summer of every year)

  • *Capstone Journal Paper: Advanced study of technical and professional topics. Emphasis is on new developments relating to technical, operational, and training aspects of industry and technology education. (3 credits)