Construction Management

Building on the resources of an ACCE-accredited undergraduate Construction Management program as well as extensive interaction with the construction industry’s most vibrant companies, the M.S. program offers 30 credits of coursework that can be completed in as little as one year for qualified students. 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.

Designed for recent undergraduates or working professionals with degrees in architecture, construction management, engineering, business, or related areas, the M.S. Construction Management program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis with blended online and on-campus coursework on our main campus in Bristol, RI. An optional thesis is available for students who wish to complete research as part of the degree. 

Students with a background in construction management may not be required to take CNST 500 Fundamentals of Construction Management. An elective offering will be required in its place for students exempted from the course. 

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Construction Management

(30-33 credits)

CNST 500 Fundamentals of Construction Management (or elective based on prior academic background)
CNST 510 Modeling and Simulation Techniques for Construction Management
CNST 520 Negotiations & Applications of Construction Law
CNST 530 Construction Business Management Development 
CNST 540 Sustainable Construction 
CNST 545 Construction Organizational Control and Logistics 
CNST 590 Research Methods 
CNST 595 Master's Thesis Research (Thesis Students Only) 
Restricted Electives (9 credits - one CNST course required)

Sample Electives

CNST 525 Pre-construction Planning and Project Delivery
CNST 550 International Construction and Special Topics in CM
CNST 535 Facilities Management
CNST 570 Financial Planning for Construction Projects
ARCH 501 Elements and Principles of Architectural Design
ARCH 522 Environmental Design Research
ARCH 529 History of Landscape Architecture
ARCH 530 Special Topics
ARCH 542 Professional Practice
ARCH 572 Modern Urban Design Theory
ARCH 574 Regionalism in Architecture
ARCH 575 Contemporary Asian Architecture & Urbanism
ARCH 594 Urban Ecology
HP 501 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation
MGMT 510 Data Analytics
MGMT 524 Ethical Leadership of Organizations
MRKT 520 Decisions in Marketing Management
IB 540 Global Business


Applications to the program are due by April 1st for priority consideration for the fall semester. Students interested in the 4+1 option should be current students with a major or minor in the School of Engineering or have completed (or are completing) an undergraduate construction management degree.

To apply, applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  1. Completed application form and $50 application fee. An application fee is not required for RWU students. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for your fee waiver code. 
  2. Letter of Intent (no more than two double-spaced pages) describing your interest in the Construction Management program, career goals, and how you can positively contribute to the graduate program at Roger Williams University.
  3. Two(2) letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school.
  4. Official transcripts from all institutions where undergraduate credit was earned. The Office of Graduate Admission will obtain transcripts on behalf of RWU students. Transcripts from other institutions must be official and sealed from the issuing institution and mailed or delivered to the Office of Graduate Admission. Electronic transcripts are acceptable from institutions who participate in an official electronic transcript exchange (i.e. Parchment).
  5. resume is strongly recommended from students who possess work experience.

It is recommended that students present at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA in order to be considered for admission. Each application will be reviewed using a portfolio approach - all parts of the application will be considered, inclusive of grades and trend of grades, letters of recommendation, the letter of intent, and other information that candidates for admission may wish to submit. Students without a demonstrated background in construction management or a related field may also be required to take a leveling course and exam at the discretion of the program director.

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