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Master of Science in Construction Management

The Master of Science in Construction Management builds on the resources of an ACCE-accredited undergraduate Construction Management program as well as the extensive interaction with the construction industry’s most vibrant companies. The MS in CM Program is designed for experienced construction management working professionals with high potential for advancement into executive roles. Courses in the program will be taught by faculty drawn from across the university and from industry.
Enrolled as a cohort, students will follow a sequential, two-year course of study. This innovative program will employ a blended learning model that incorporates on-line, classroom and residential instruction, including two short-term, intensive practica consisting of lectures, computer-based simulation, and team problem-solving that will encourage and promote student interaction with peers in the program.
The program is results-oriented, emphasizing the development of strong student competencies in financial and planning expertise for complex construction projects; optimizing change in the global marketplace; managing interdisciplinary teams; and research and problem-solving skills appropriate for executive level construction management responsibilities.
Developed in collaboration with leading construction companies, this program is designed to meet the current and emerging needs of the global construction industry.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the MS in CM Program is to provide a superior post-graduate educational experience that will enhance the graduate’s ability to contribute to the construction enterprise at the highest levels.
The vision for the MS in CM program is to be nationally recognized as the premier post-graduate program for construction professionals.

Program Educational Objectives
During the first few years after graduation, we expect our graduates to:

  1. Demonstrate exemplary technical and leadership knowledge and skills while achieving success as a construction executive within a design, construction or owner organization, always displaying the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  2. Value the concept of life-long learning and continue to grow intellectually while keeping informed of new concepts and developments in the construction industry.
  3. Assume a leadership role in the advancement of the construction management profession and community outreach activities, while serving as a role model for the future generation of constructors and the Roger Williams University Construction Management students.

Program Outcomes
We expect our graduating students to possess:

  1. the ability to optimize the value of change in a global construction marketplace.
  2. the skill to command multiple interdisciplinary teams, on multiple projects through the preconstruction, construction, and close-out stages of a project.
  3. the disciplinary and interpersonal expertise required to execute construction projects in an economic, environmental and societal context.
  4. excellent research and problem solving skills applied to construction executive level tasks.

Eligibility Requirements

While some of the students applying for the MS in CM program will be recommended and sponsored by their employers in the construction industry, the program does accommodate recent graduates from construction management, engineering, business and architecture programs. In addition to a baccalaureate degree in one of the disciplines mentioned above (or a baccalaureate degree in a related discipline and extensive experience in the construction industry) prospective candidates should have:
  • Experience in the construction industry.
  • Demonstration of adequate mathematics skills evidenced by satisfactory course work in calculus, probability and statistics and engineering economics or operations research/systems analysis or performance on the GRE Exam.
  • Personal statement describing your career goals and the support expected from your current employer for your participation in the program.

Degree Requirements

Graduate study in Construction Management program leads to the Master of Science degree. The program consists of 36 credit hours or 12 each, 3-credit courses. The program will be completed in a two-year period with students (operating as a cohort) beginning in the fall semester by taking two courses; an on-line course and a classroom course. The typical course of study is illustrated below.

First Year (6 credits) – Fall

CNST 510 Modeling and Simulation Techniques for Construction Management (online) 3 credits
CNST 540 Sustainable Construction (online) 3 credits

First Year (3 credits) – Winter

CNST 515 Project Enterprise Management and Control I (residential practicum) 3 credits

First Year (6 credits) – Spring

CNST 525 Pre-Construction Planning and Project Delivery (online) 3 credits
CNST 555 Advanced Construction Law (online) 3 credits

First Year (3 credits) – Summer

CNST 565 Customer Development and Winning the Construction Project (online) 3 credits

Second Year (6 credits) – Fall

CNST 520 Construction Negotiation (online) 3 credits
CNST 545 Construction Organization, Control and Logistics (online) 3 credits

Second Year (3 credits) – Winter

CNST 560 Enterprise Management and Control II (residential practicum) 3 credits

Second Year (6 credits) – Spring

CNST 530 Personnel Management and Law (online) 3 credits
CNST 570 Financial Planning for Construction Projects (online) 3 credits


CNST 590 Master’s Thesis Research (online) 3 credits
CNST 570 Research Project (online) 3 credits

Second Year (3 credits) – Summer
Choose from one course below:

CNST 550 Special Topics in Construction Management (online) 3 credits
CNST 580 Advanced Construction Safety & Risk Management (online) 3 credits
CNST 585 Topics in International Construction (online) 3 credits
CNST 595 Research Project (required for Master's Thesis) (online) 3 credits

Total: 36 semester credits