MSCM Degree Requirements

MSCM – Thesis Option

The MSCM - Thesis Option requires 32  credit hours for completion.  It is a research-based degree program that focuses on scientific inquiry into a construction-related topic.  The student works closely with a faculty research advisory committee to identify and investigate an appropriate subject.  The student's work culminates with the preparation, presentation, and final defense of a thesis.

Degree Plan

The student must convene an advisory committee of no fewer than three members of the graduate faculty. At least two of the members must be from the Department of Construction Science and at least one member must be from outside of the Department of Construction Science. The student, in consultation with the advisory committee, will develop a proposed degree plan. The proposed degree plan must be approved by all members of the advisory committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Construction Science. The degree plan must be submitted for approval no later than the end of the student’s second semester of study. Without an approved degree plan, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) will block the student from further registration. A summary of the degree plan requirements are shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Degree Plan Requirements for MSCM - Thesis Option

Degree Plan Courses

Credit Hours

COSC 601 Construction Practices1

3

COSC 602 Construction Cost Estimating1

3

COSC 603 Construction Scheduling1

3

COSC 621 Advanced Project Management1

3

COSC 681 Seminar2

2

COSC 690 Research Methods

3

COSC 691 Research

6

Elective Courses3

9

Total

32

1May be waived if a similar course has been completed at an undergraduate or graduate construction management program accreditated by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) or ABET.

2May not be taken during the same semester.  One credit hour is required during the first semester and one credit hour is required during the last semester.

3No more than six credit hours may be taken outside of Construction Science.

MSCM – Non-Thesis Option 

The MSCM Non-Thesis Option requires 36 credit hours for completion.  It is a course-based degree program that adds breadth and depth to the student's existing educational background.  Students take a combination of required and elective courses that satisfies the requirements of fundamental construction knowledge as well as individual interests.  In lieu of a thesis, each student completes a summative project during the final semester in the program.

Degree Plan

The student must convene an advisory committee of no fewer than three members of the graduate faculty. At least two of the members must be from the Department of Construction Science and at least one member must be from outside the Department of Construction Science.  The student, in consultation with the advisory committee, will develop a proposed degree plan.  The proposded degree plan must be approved by all members of the advisory committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Construction Science.  The degree plan must be submitted for approval no later than the end of the student's second semester of study.  Without an approved degree plan, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) will block the student from further registration.  A summary of the degree plan requirements are shown in Table 2. 

Table 2. Degree Plan Requirements for MSCM - Non-Thesis Option

Degree Plan Courses

Credit Hours

COSC 601 Construction Practices1

3

COSC 602 Construction Cost Estimating1

3

COSC 603 Construction Scheduling1

3

COSC 621 Advanced Project Management1

3

COSC 681 Seminar2

1

COSC 693 Professional Study3

3

Elective Courses4

21

Total

36

1May be waived if a similar course has been completed at an undergraduate or graduate construction management program accreditated by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) or ABET.

2Recommended, but not required, to be taken during the first semester.

3Required during the last semester.

4No more than nine credit hours may be taken outside of Construction Science.

Graduate Course Descriptions

COSC 601 Construction Practices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Materials and methods of construction with emphasis on the design and construction process; includes structural steel and other metals, foundation materials, precast and tilt wall concrete, concrete reinforcement including pre-stressing, wood dimension lumber framing, and heavy timber framing.

COSC 602 Construction Cost Estimating

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Determination of quantities for various types of construction materials and works including earthwork, foundations, structural systems, mechanical and electrical systems, and building finishes; methods used for pricing of construction works including labor, materials, equipment, sub-contractors, overhead and profit; use of various types of cost data catalogs available in the industry.

COSC 603 Construction Scheduling

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to commonly used techniques and computer applications for the planning, scheduling, monitoring, and controlling of construction projects; includes key scheduling techniques such as Gantt Chart, CPM, PERT, LSM, and EVM; practical scheduling practices such as tracking, controlling, and forecasting trends of schedules, cost control, and reporting. 

COSC 606 Mechanical and Electrical Construction

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Building environmental systems with a major emphasis on the design and control of the heating, ventilation and cooling systems, plumbing and drainage systems, electrical, fire and lightening protection, and lighting; design opportunities, calculations, equipment selection and economics as they relate to design and construction.

COSC 608 Structural Principles and Practices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Investigations into practical applications of structural design including the analysis and design of structural members in steel and concrete; surveys and studies of various structural systems.

COSC 620 Construction Company Operations

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COSC 621 Advanced Project Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theoretical, practical, and strategic development in the management of contemporary construction projects; advanced techniques used in scheduling and evaluating progress in construction project control; exploration of state-of-the-art management principles and practices, and development of additional insights. 

COSC 622 Construction Economics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COSC 624 Construction Business Development

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Acquisition of new work in the construction industry; understanding available project delivery systems; competitor analyses; acquisition procedures including response techniques for complex requests for proposals; understanding concepts of sales and marketing, branding, backlog, and business development budgeting in construction.

COSC 628 Construction Contracts and Risk Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Advanced construction law, contracts, and risk management applicable to construction management; identification of common disputes and construction risks among the owner, design professionals, and contractor; analysis of construction contracts with an emphasis on troublesome provisions and solutions; demonstration of tools of negotiation and dispute resolution; ethics in construction.

COSC 631 Advanced Productivity and Lean

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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

COSC 642 Construction Information Technology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COSC 644 Advanced Construction Systems

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COSC 650 Advanced Construction Visualization

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COSC 663 Sustainable Construction

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COSC 670 Facilities Asset Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COSC 681 Seminar

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Discussion and review of degree requirements, career opportunities, and current research activities in construction management. 

COSC 684 Professional Internship

Credits 3 to 6. 3 to 3 Other Hours.

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.

COSC 685 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 6. 1 to 6 Other Hours.

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

COSC 690 Theory of Research in Construction Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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. 

COSC 691 Research

Credits 1 to 23. 1 to 23 Other Hours.

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

COSC 693 Professional Study

Credits 1 to 6. 1 to 6 Other Hours.

Approved professional study of project undertaken as terminal requirement for Master of Science, non-thesis option.  Preparation of a record of study summarizing the rationale, procedure and results of the completed study.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Approval of graduate coordinator.