Graduate Course Information

Beginning in 2016, the MSCM degree plan includes the following course work: 

  • COSC 681 (2 hr)
  • COSC 690 (3 hrs)
  • STAT 651 (3 hrs)
  • COSC 691 (6 hrs)
  • COSC Electives (15 hrs selected at student and supervising faculty’s discretion)
  • Non-COSC Elective (3 hrs selected at student and supervising faculty’s discretion)

 Suggested Degree Plan

Semester Courses
1st Fall COSC 681, COSC 690, STAT 651, 3 hours Electives or Leveling as required.
2nd Spring COSC 691 (1 hr), 9 hours Electives or Leveling as required.
Summer Leveling as required OR COSC 684 
3rd Fall COSC 691 (3 hrs), Remaining Electives
4th Spring COSC 691 (2 hrs), COSC 681 (1 hr), Remaining Electives

All Graduate syllabi and faculty CV can be found online through Howdy or the Registrar's Office (choose the link to "Schedule of Classes").  For a detailed list of all of our faculty members and their areas of expertise click here.

Student Learning Outcomes - Expectations for a Thesis in Construction Management ( 60.7 KB)

620. Construction Company Operations

  • Running a construction company; strategic planning; business planning; organizational theory; competitor analysis; risk management; financial analysis; human resources; management information systems; leadership; codes of ethics; best practices.

622. Construction Economics

  • Foundation in Life Cycle Cost Analysis computation within the context of current issues in environmental sustainability and evidence-based thinking; lean construction as a strategy to overcome the hurdle of first cost.


631. Advanced Productivity and Lean

  • Introduction to lean history, concepts and methods; deduction of basic training modules in lean project delivery; application of lean management in construction projects.


642. Construction Information Technology

  • Exploration of emerging technologies for the construction industry including hardware and software systems such as BIM, RFID, Wireless/Mobile, information systems, construction specific programs, and information strategy planning; using information strategy planning by owners and contractors to effectively enhance the management of business entities and projects in construction.


644. Advanced Construction Systems

  • Theoretical, practical, and strategic development in contemporary construction systems; exploration of state-of-the-art innovations in environmental control systems, structural principles and practices; integration of innovations with information technologies, and development of additional insights.


650. Advanced Construction Visualization

  • Introduction to the theory and application of 3-D computer models in the design/build construction process; creation, positioning in 3-D space, and linking of building components to a database record; creation of a wide range of construction related information useful in controlling project quality.

663. Sustainable Construction

  • Contribution of materials and methods to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; overview of international, national and local programs promoting sustainable construction; characteristics of the components of successful sustainable construction projects; theories and practices through case studies.


670. Facility Asset Management

  • Fundamentals of facility asset management and property management including concepts, theories, and principles of design, construction, accounting, finance, and management of the built environment; an overview of a project throughout its entire life cycle from various perspectives including the owner, users, designers, constructors and facility management personnel.


681. Seminar

  • Discussion and review of degree requirements, career opportunities, current research activities in construction management, peer reviewed publiction. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.


684. Professional Internship

  • Approximately 400-600 hours with a construction or construction-related company that exposes the student to construction-related activities; an initial report, monthly progress reports, a final report, and a final completion letter are required. Prerequisites: Graduate classification; approval of graduate coordinator; approval of internship coordinator.


685. Directed Studies

  • Individual problems in the area of building construction involving the application of theory and practice. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.


689. Special Topics in... 

  • Selected topics in an identified field of construction management. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.


690. Theory of Research in Construction Management

  • Introduction to research, research tools, proposal writing and research reports; emphasis on research planning and design, conducting a comprehensive review of literature, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, defining research problems in construction science, and the development of research proposals. Prerequisite: STAT 651 or concurrent enrollment.


691. Research

  • Research for thesis. Prerequisites: COSC 690 or concurrent enrollment; approval of graduate coordinator.