Curriculum & Courses
- 36 points (credits) for degree completion
- On-campus instruction; some business courses available online as pre-approved electives
- Fall and spring intake
- 6–10 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 points/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.
During the first term, students enroll in three courses: two short-core courses (1.5 points/credits each) and one full-core course (3 points/credits). Students who enter the program with significant industry experience may request a waiver of the Elementals of Construction Management requirement, which will be granted or denied based on the results of a pre-term examination. Students granted a waiver must replace this course with an elective course carrying three points (credits) prior to graduation.
Following the first term, students are required to complete five additional full-core courses, two elective-full courses, two additional approved electives of choice, and the Capstone Project. Students who have met their required core course load may opt to take an additional core course as an elective or, with the permission of the program director, choose from electives offered through other schools or departments of the University.
In order to receive the M.S. degree, part-time students must complete the degree requirements within five years (10 terms, excluding summer) with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. The recommended timeframe for completion is three years (6 credits per semester).
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.
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
ALT Engineering (CNAD)
Suggested Course Schedule