MS in Construction Management
A graduate degree from Drexel in Construction Management will prepare professionals for the application of expanded skillsets that propel leadership careers in the construction industry.
What is a Master’s in Construction Management?
A construction management master’s degree helps turn professionals into leaders and managers with responsibilities in project management and site management. As a student, you will develop the multidisciplinary skillset required of effective senior construction managers and supervisors. You will focus on advancements in construction practice, practical business decision-making and leadership skills relevant to successful managing of construction operations.
Study in the field of construction management should provide an understanding of the forces governing the industry, a regional, national and global viewpoint and the entrepreneurial and team-building abilities that are needed to advance careers.
- Online delivery
- Full-time or part-time
- The program will take approximately two years to complete on a full-time basis or can be completed on a part time basis in 3-4 years.
Areas of Specialization
You can develop skills and knowledge through electives in the following areas:
Construction Project Management
Construction organizations are challenged to meet ever-increasing owner demands, tighter project delivery times, and increasing regulation of the built environment. Successful leaders need to effectively manage risk while traversing through the changing technical, economic, and regulatory environments. The highly competitive environment of construction operations requires that project managers effectively navigate through many daily challenges with excellent construction management skills.
Gain critical training in creating, maintaining, and building environments for living, working, and entertainment purposes. The coursework prepares you for entrepreneurial and managerial positions in real estate with insights into the issues in the real estate development process and the unique perspective of the industry.
Sustainability and Green Construction
Take on the daunting task of delivering a built environment in harmony with the natural environment. Sustainable development integrates the decision-making process across the project team, so that every decision is made with a focus on the greatest long-term benefits. Become skilled with various global rating systems for sustainable construction, including LEED certification, in order to achieve a high-performance building program. Explore concepts essential to green construction and become a skilled practitioner that leads an organization’s significant efforts and investment and puts them into practice.
Why choose Drexel for your MS in Construction Management?
The Drexel Construction Management Masters is delivered online for the convenience of students working full-time while earning the degree. The coursework is specifically designed by faculty and industry advisors to be practice-focused, allowing learning to have an immediate impact in the workplace. The online classes challenge and engage through experiential components and highly interactive classroom content.
As a graduate of Drexel’s construction management master’s program, you will emerge prepared to apply critical thinking and analysis to take on the demands of the job. You will excel in your career through gained technical and managerial skills, application of learned scientific methodologies and and the injection of creativity and innovation into the process.
Christine Fiori, program director, explains how an MS in Construction Management prepares you to advance your construction career.
The Engineering Leadership and Society department seeks to educate a new generation of construction, science, technology and engineering professionals that are prepared to address global, societal and industry challenges with analytical minds and community focused hearts. Combining related diverse fields helps to educate a well-rounded, ethical and compassionate professional with the ability to employ the principles of transformational leadership. The focus of our program is to equip you with the tools for finding sustainable and achievable outcomes to solve for highly complex challenges.
Drexel places a high value on industry connections and experience at every level. Teaching faculty in your program are experts with industry experience or at the forefront of teaching.
Drexel University was one of the first to offer academics of the highest caliber in its online format. You will build the same impressive network and have all the access to resources that an on-campus student enjoys. The technology and class design has been refined to provide a rewarding and highly engaging experience. Learn more.
Curriculum and Requirements
| Core courses
You will earn a Master of Science in Construction Management by completing a total of 45 credits. This includes a core of 5 required courses (15 credits), elective courses (24 credits), and 6 credits of a culminating experience capstone project in construction management.
Graduate advisors will consult with you regarding your choice and scheduling of core and elective courses.
You may also be interested in the addition of the Real Estate Certificate or Sustainability and Green Construction Certificate.
Visit the Drexel Catalog for more information or learn more about our admissions requirements.
Career Opportunities in Construction Management
A graduate degree in construction management will improve your competitiveness in the marketplace. Your career path can advance to directing and supervising in roles such as project managers, coordinators, estimators, schedulers, developers, builders and many others. Many graduates of this program have started consulting and construction firms in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Others hold prominent positions in public utilities, government or business.
Overall, employees with graduate degrees can earn up to 28% more than bachelor’s degree holders over the course of their career. The outlook for construction management jobs is very good, with demand for employment expected to grow over 8% through 2029, much faster than the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When a concussion from a car crash knocked him out of the NFL, James Starks (MS Construction Management ’18) began building a second career around his Drexel degree.
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