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Curriculum & Courses

Full-Time

  • 36 points for degree completion
  • On-campus instruction; some business courses available online as pre-approved electives
  • Fall and spring intake
  • 3–4 terms to complete 
  • Capstone Project

International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll full-time (12 credits per term) and study on campus.

The curriculum focuses on the commercial and residential building sectors but covers processes of construction administration that are applicable to any kind of project – from stadiums and parks, to railroad terminals and airports, to bridges and tunnels. The program's twelve courses focus on the fundamentals of construction administration: cost estimating and project financing, techniques, human and material resources, construction law, conflict resolution, project management, and environmental safety and conservation.

Program Structure

During the first term, students enroll in five courses: two short-core courses (1.5 credits each), two concurrent full-core courses (3 credits each), and their choice of either an ENGINEERING CORE or ALT Engineering course (3 credits). Following the first term, students are required to complete five additional courses: two short-core courses (1.5 credits each), two concurrent full-core courses (3 credits each), and their choice of either an ENGINEERING CORE or ALT Engineering course (3 credits). During the third term, students enroll in five courses: two short electives (1.5 credits each), one full-core course (3 credits), one elective-full (3 credits), and the Capstone Project (3 credits).

Students will choose from one of the short-electives for the Construction Leadership seminar + if they test out of Elementals.

Non-core electives may be chosen from courses offered through this program or, with the permission of the program director, from those offered through other schools or departments of the University.

In order to receive the M.S. degree, full-time students must complete the degree requirements within two years (4 terms excluding summer) with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. The recommended timeframe for completion is one year.

Time Commitment

The M.S. in Construction Administration is challenging and requires a significant commitment of time and energy. Most classes are scheduled in the evening and are two to three hours each. Students should plan on allocating a minimum of one to two hours of homework for each hour spent in class. Capstone Project classes may require students to spend time at actual construction sites during the day and/or weekend.

Notes

Short-Core: A short-core course is a 1.5-credit course. Students typically take two short-core courses back-to-back; the first generally spans the first half of the semester and the other spans the second half of the semester.

Full-Core: A full-core course is a required, 3-credit course that spans the entire semester.

Short-Elective: A short-elective is a 1.5-credit course that students select. Students typically take two short-core electives back-to-back; the first generally spans the first half of the semester and the other spans the second half of the semester.

Elective-Full: An elective-full is a 3-credit course that students select. Elective-full courses span the entire semester.

For Students Enrolled Prior to Spring 2020

Continuing students who matriculated prior to spring 2020 should read the details of their curriculum here.

New Program Curriculum

Students will choose from one of the SHORT-ELECTIVES for the Construction Leadership seminar + if they test out of Elementals

Short-Core

Full-Core

Core Engineering

ALT Engineering (CNAD)

Suggested Course Schedule

 

Recommended Path: Semester 1/Fall

Take four required core courses

Select one Engineering CORE Course or ALT Engineering Course (Choose Only 1)

Recommended Path: Semester 2/Spring

Take two required core courses, take an additional core course, take an elective

Select one Engineering CORE Course or ALT Engineering Course (Choose Only 1)

Recommended Path: Semester 3/Fall

Take one required core course, take two electives, complete the Capstone Project

New Program Electives

Short-Elective E1

Short-Elective E2

Short-Elective E3

Short-Elective E4

Elective-Full E1

Elective-Full E2

Elective-Full E3

Elective-Full E4

Elective-Full E5

Elective-Full E6

ALT Engineering (CNAD)