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 Online Master's Degree in Construction Management

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Construction Management degree requires completion of 45 credit hours (quarter) of study. The curriculum includes a core of 5 required courses (15 credits), a concentration consisting of 8 courses (24 credits), and 6 credits of Culminating Experience. The Culminating Experience includes a Capstone Project in Construction Management.


Construction Management Core Courses—15 credits
CMGT 501Leadership in Construction3.00 credits
CMGT 505Construction Accounting and Financial Management3.00 credits
CMGT 510Construction Control Techniques3.00 credits
CMGT 512Cost Estimating & Bidding Strategies3.00 credits
CMGT 515Risk Management in Construction3.00 credits

Concentrations
Students take 24 credits of one of the three concentrations below:
Construction Project Management Concentration—24 credits
CMGT 525Applied Construction Project Management3.00 credits
CMGT 528Construction Contract Administration3.00 credits
CMGT 530Equipment Applications & Economy3.00 credits
CMGT 532International Construction Practices3.00 credits
CMGT 538Strategic Management in Construction3.00 credits
CMGT 540Schedule Impact Analysis3.00 credits
CMGT 548Quality Management & Construction Performance3.00 credits
CMGT 550Productivity Analysis & Improvement3.00 credits
Real Estate Concentration—24 credits Click here to view the tentative course schedule
CMGT 535Community Impact Analysis3.00 credits
REAL 568Real Estate Development3.00 credits
REAL 571Adv RE Invest & Anal3.00 credits
REAL 572Adv Mkt Research & Anal3.00 credits
REAL 573Sales & Mktg of Real Estate3.00 credits
REAL 574Real Estate Econ in Urban Mkts3.00 credits
REAL 575Real Estate Finance3.00 credits
REAL 576Real Estate Valuation & Anal3.00 credits
REAL 577Legal Issues in RE Devel3.00 credits
Sustainability and Green Construction Concentration—24 credits For the concentration in Sustainability & Green Construction, students must take the following 5 courses. Students also select three (3) additional graduate level courses totaling nine (9) credits to complete their MSCM requirements. Graduate CMGT and REAL courses are acceptable selections. CMGT 538, CMGT 548, and REAL 568 are suggested but not mandatory. With permission and space permitting, students may also choose graduate courses in the areas of specific related study from Environmental Engineering (ENVE), Environmental Science (ENVS) and Property Management (PRMT).
CMGT 535Community Impact Analysis3.00 credits
CMGT 545Sustainable Principles & Practices3.00 credits
CMGT 546Sustainable Technologies3.00 credits
CMGT 547LEED Concepts3.00 credits
CMGT 558Community Sustainability3.00 credits
3 electives from the Construction Project Management and/or Real Estate concentration-9 credits
Culminating Experience - 6 credits
CMGT 695Capstone Project in CMGT3.00 credits

Course Descriptions

CMGT 501 Leadership in Construction - 3.00 credits

This course is intended to introduce students to value-based, effective leadership principles and practices across the construction industry. Topics include prevailing theory, leadership traits & styles, emotional intelligence, motivation, collaborative environs and alliances, and change.

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CMGT 505 Construction Accounting and Financial Management - 3.00 credits

This course presents the principles of accounting for construction projects. Topics include techniques of cost accounting and financial analysis employed by the construction practitioners. Specific topics include accounting principles to track and manage labor, material, equipment, overhead and other construction resources. Topics specific to construction include contract revenue, financial reporting, and tax considerations for conductors.

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CMGT 510 Construction Control Techniques - 3.00 credits

This course addresses the knowledge and skill sets required to successfully plan and control complex construction projects. Topics include procurement and contracts, pre-bid planning, contract budgets and cash flow, and planning case studies.

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CMGT 512 Cost Estimating & Bidding Strategies - 3.00 credits

This is an advanced course in construction estimating addressing competitive bidding strategies. Topics include profit objectives, analyzing the competition, and determining optimum combo of price, cost and volume.

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CMGT 515 Risk Management in Construction - 3.00 credits

This course presents risk management techniques and practices specific to construction projects. Students will gain an understanding of the risks stemming from technical and business sources related to the construction process, and to identify, quantify, and develop the appropriate response strategies.

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CMGT 525 Applied Construction Project Management - 3.00 credits

This course presents the knowledge and skills required to successfully manage complex construction projects. Topics include the project management hard skills such as estimating and budgeting, time management, and planning.

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CMGT 528 Construction Contract Administration - 3.00 credits

This course introduces the managerial and legal aspects of construction contract administration. The student is introduced to basic concepts of contract law employed in construction and the rules of interpretation. Topics include changes and change orders, disputes, differing site conditions, and defective documents.

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CMGT 530 Equipment Applications & Economy - 3.00 credits

This course provides an in-depth treatment of heavy construction equipment applications and covers the associated management practices. The application topics include techniques used to analyze and estimate equipment productivity, equipment selection, and optimization. The course includes a strong emphasis in equipment economics including owning and operating costs.

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CMGT 532 International Construction Practices - 3.00 credits

This course provides an introduction to the strategic issues relating to the business of construction on a global scale. The course is intended to provide students with the knowledge of current best practices by construction organizations in America, Europe and Asia.

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CMGT 538 Strategic Management in Construction - 3.00 credits

This course presents concepts in strategic management within construction organizations. Topics include clients/constructors/competencies, portfolio management, and marketing strategies for construction firms.

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CMGT 540 Schedule Impact Analysis - 3.00 credits

This is an advanced course that deals with the legal aspects of construction schedules. Topics include time impact analysis, applying CPM techniques to contract claims, and calculating delay damages.

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CMGT 548 Quality Management & Construction Performance - 3.00 credits

This course covers quality management of construction processes. Topics include designing and implementing quality management plans, establishing a quality management system and Information technology in quality management.

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CMGT 550 Productivity Analysis & Improvement - 3.00 credits

The focus of this course is construction productivity measurement and improvement. Topics include roles of the individual stakeholders, quantifying labor and equipment productivity, and techniques to improve job site productivity.

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CMGT 535 Community Impact Analysis - 3.00 credits

This course provides an overview of commumity impact assessment, including the benefits of conducting such an assessment. It also provides general guidelines for conducting a community impact assessment, including types of impacts that should be addressed during the process and related issues.

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REAL 568 Real Estate Development - 3.00 credits

This course will provide a comprehensive exploration of the development process for real estate development projects. Residential, multi-family, single family, apartments, office buildings, retail projects, industrial developments and the development process for each market segment.

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REAL 571 Adv RE Invest & Anal - 3.00 credits

This course will explore the market analysis and feasibility methods in framing and supporting investment decision making for real estate projects. Detailed market analysis strategies will be employed and case studies will be analyzed to deepen the student's knowledge and judgment for investment decision making.

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REAL 572 Adv Mkt Research & Anal - 3.00 credits

This course will explore the market research methods used to understand and dissect geographical and demographical real estate markets. Detailed market research strategies will be employed and case studies will be analyzed to deepen the student's knowledge of market research techniques and resources.

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REAL 573 Sales & Mktg of Real Estate - 3.00 credits

This course will explore the strategies for successful marketing of real property bases on market research and development strategies.

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REAL 574 Real Estate Econ in Urban Mkts - 3.00 credits

This course will offer a unique and detailed perspective on urban real estate development and the special sub-markets in which they exist. Attention will be given to the characteristics of the particular economic factors relevant in urban real estate markets.

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REAL 575 Real Estate Finance - 3.00 credits

This course will focus on the options and implications of different financing methods with the unique tradeoffs associated with each considered.

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REAL 576 Real Estate Valuation & Anal - 3.00 credits

This course will introduce the concepts of real estate valuation, appraisals, and the relationship of these to financing and cash requirements.

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REAL 577 Legal Issues in RE Devel - 3.00 credits

This course will explore the unique legal requirements of the real estate business including property rights, involuntary transfers, easements, private restrictions, public restrictions, zoning and land development laws.

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CMGT 535 Community Impact Analysis - 3.00 credits

This course provides an overview of commumity impact assessment, including the benefits of conducting such an assessment. It also provides general guidelines for conducting a community impact assessment, including types of impacts that should be addressed during the process and related issues.

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CMGT 545 Sustainable Principles & Practices - 3.00 credits

This course addresses the fundamentals of green building concepts and practices underlying sustainable construction from the perspective of the LEED Green Building rating system.

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CMGT 546 Sustainable Technologies - 3.00 credits

This course addresses sustainable technologies in the built environment and is presented as a whole building design system. The course is organized into three major categories-Design Guidance, Project Management, and Operations & Maintenance.

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CMGT 547 LEED Concepts - 3.00 credits

This course addresses the fundamental concepts and practices underlying the LEED green building rating system.

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CMGT 558 Community Sustainability - 3.00 credits

This course provides clear direction to students how to design cities and developments that are sustainable and reduce environmental harm.

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CMGT 695 Capstone Project in CMGT - 3.00 credits

The capstone project is completed independently over two quarters under the direction of full-time CM faculty and is intended to reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired through graduate study.

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