Master's Courses

Degree Requirements (16 Credit Hours)

  • CM 6000 - Information Methods

    A course in communications technique improvement and preparation for functioning in an information based society. Conceptual and methodological issues in construction research will be explored with emphasis on construction specific resources. Data development and analysis will be studied to include the concepts of validity, reliability, and applications of statistics.

    Credit Hours: 4


    CM 6100 - Construction Law: Contracts and Claims

    This course focuses on the legal problems and concerns frequently encountered by constructors and others who participate in the construction process. Topics include the formation of contracts and the various contractual relationships; methods of modification and termination of the contracts; exploration of licensure and professional liability of the construction practitioner.

    Credit Hours: 4


    CM 6200 - Strategic Bidding and Estimating

    A review of all normal bid-preparation activities that should take place in a prime contractor’s organization from the initial decisions on project selection and receipt of drawings and specifications, through the estimating process and sub-bid research, final bid assembly, markup and submission, to postmortems and necessary follow-up actions. Significant attention will be devoted to bidding techniques, strategies, practices, and methods recommended to handle these functions.

    Credit Hours: 4


    CM 6600 - Construction Risk Analysis and Control

    This course focuses on the safety practices mandated by government regulation and required by good business practice. The costs of safety and the lack of it is examined. Workers’ compensation insurance cost is integrated into the issues of safety. Exposure analysis, risk management, risk transfer and the costs associated with each are examined in this course. 

    Credit Hours: 4


Degree Options (20 Credit Hours)

Students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Construction Management are to select one of the following options:

  • Select five construction elective courses (four credits each), up to two of which may be approved courses from another graduate department.

  • CM 7801 - Masters Thesis

    Construction degree course work or consent of the department head, approval of thesis proposal intensive research project that results in a formal written thesis. The thesis topic will usually be in an area of interest discovered by the student in early stages of the Construction program or work experience. Students may enroll for a maximum of 4 hours per term for thesis credit. The student works independently under the supervision of the thesis advisor on an inquiry that is significant to the construction industry. The topic must be approved before registration and the student must continue the work in a manner that is satisfactory to the thesis advisor. The student is expected to submit a substantial body of research work and to defend this submittal and the course work taken in the degree program. This course may be repeated with departmental approval but no more than 8 hours may be applied toward the requirements of graduation.

    Prerequisites: completion of 28 hours of graduate courses
    Credit Hours:
    4

     

  • Select five 4-hour construction elective courses at the 6000 level. Up to three of these courses may be replaced by project courses, CM 7701- CM 7703. A grade of “C” or better is required for each course applied to the degree program.

    In all graduate programs, a minimum of a 3.00 GPA is required. No grades below ‘C’ may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements, and a maximum of 2 ‘C’ grades at the level of 6000 or above may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements.

    A cumulative 3.00 grade point average is required in all courses that apply to the degree.


Foundation Requirements

In addition to the 36 required hours for the Masters degree, students may be required to demonstrate competency in the following:

  • English Communication Skills- TCOM 2010
  • Construction Graphics- CM 2000
  • Residential and Light Construction Methods- CM 3110
  • Structural Systems- CM 5030
  • Computer Applications in Construction- CM 3000
  • Construction Scheduling- CM 4510
  • Construction Quantity Surveying- CM 3410
  • Construction Finance and Feasibility- CM 3620

Courses (undergraduate or baccalaureate) taken to show competency in these areas will not count toward the 36 hours required for the Master's degree. Competency can be shown by successfully completing coursework or competency testing developed by the program.

For a complete list of degree requirements, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

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