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Graduate Study in Construction Management and Sustainable Construction

M.S., M.P.S.

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Graduate options in construction management and sustainable construction allow students with technical degrees to engage specific topics of current interest.

There is an overall objective of having students look at the broad environmental implications of the construction process, to be efficient and environmentally responsible in their use of materials, and to integrate current technology to a practicum or thesis, as appropriate to the graduate degree.

There are two graduate options for those pursuing M.S. or M.P.S. degrees:

Construction Management

This option is for students who plan to specialize in construction management. Studies depend upon the student's previous education, professional objectives and interests.

Recent graduates have matriculated upon completion of undergraduate degrees in architecture, mechanical engineering, construction management and civil engineering.

M.S. in Construction Management

Applicants for the M.S. degree in the construction management option are required to have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: science, construction management, business, management, architecture or engineering.

Topics for M.S. research may include the following areas in the management of construction projects: Construction project management, Estimating, cost engineering, building codes and zoning, Production management, Computer graphics and computer applications in construction.

M.P.S. in Construction Management

The M.P.S. degree is a non-thesis degree open to students with a demonstrated interest in the profession of construction management. A bachelor's degree in one of the following is strongly recommended: science, construction management, business, management, architecture, engineering, or related field of study.

Coursework

  • Required: 12 cr hrs
  • Directed Electives: 6-12 cr hrs
  • Open Electives: 3-9 cr hrs
  • Practicum/Synthesis Project: 3-6 cr hrs
  • Total credit hours: 30 cr hrs

Coursework requirements are described in the Academic Catalog.

Sustainable Construction

This option is for students interested in sustainable construction practices including topics such as energy use in buildings, material use in sustainable construction, life cycle analysis, environmental rating systems and environmental performance measures.

Students with a strong background in science are given greater consideration.

M.S. in Sustainable Construction

Applicants for the M.S. degree in sustainable construction are required to have a bachelor's degree in one of the following: science, construction management, architecture or engineering. It is preferred that students have a science background and to have completed courses in physics, chemistry and calculus.

Topics for the M.S. or Ph.D. research may include the following: Energy systems in buildings, Sustainable materials, Environmental performance measures, Building codes, Renewable materials, Deconstruction and reuse, Life cycle analysis, building performance.

M.P.S. in Sustainable Construction

The M.P.S. degree is open to students with a demonstrated interest in sustainable construction such as properties of construction materials, energy systems in buildings, rating systems and building performance. A bachelor'cs degree in one of the following is strongly recommended: science, construction management, architecture, engineering, or related degree. It is preferred that students have a science background and to have completed courses in physics, chemistry and calculus.

Coursework

  • Required: 12 cr hrs
  • Directed Electives: 6-12 cr hrs
  • Open Electives: 3-9 cr hrs
  • Practicum/Synthesis Project: 3-6 cr hrs
  • Total credit hours: 30 cr hrs

Coursework requirements for are described in the Academic Catalog.

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Graduate Degrees

M.S.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. A minimum of 18 credits of coursework and a minimum of 6 thesis credits are required to complete the M.S. degree. Undergraduate courses do not meet the requirements for minimum number of graduate credit hours. Students select a study option at the time of application for admission to the program. Specific options may require specific coursework requirements. If so, they are listed under that option. The student’s study plan (Form 3B) must be approved by the steering committee and graduate coordinator or department chair by the end of the first semester in residence.

M.P.S.

The purpose of the M.P.S. degree is to update current professional skills and/or to prepare graduate students for higher levels of management in their general area of expertise. The M.P.S. degree is intended to be a terminal degree, therefore acceptance to the M.P.S. degree does not guarantee admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. programs and vice versa.

A minimum of 30 credit hours are required for the M.P.S. degree including 24-27 credits of graduate-level coursework; a 3- to 6-credit hour practicum/synthesis project of committee-approved coursework devoted to the investigation of a relevant topic in the profession, and documented in a written report; and a capstone seminar presenting the practicum/synthesis project.

Coursework requirements for all M.P.S. programs are described in the Academic Catalog.