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Innovative Program

This comprehensive Master's degree program provides students with advanced skills and technical knowledge in construction management. Individuals pursuing the degree also develop the leadership skills needed to manage and direct complex construction projects. This innovative program aims to develop the broad competencies needed by today's well-rounded construction managers by offering variety of courses in construction management, business operations, and problem solving.

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Audience

Most of the students in the MTM-CM program hold a bachelor's degree in Construction Management/Engineering, Industrial Technology, Engineering Technology, and Applied Sciences. However, the program has welcomed students, from many different areas, that have the desire to study and work in the Construction Management field. The MTM program includes men and women from different parts of the world, part-time and full-time students, residents and commuters. Generous assistantship stipend and tuition scholarships are available for quality students on competitive basis.

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Program's Requirements

To earn a Master in Technology Management in Construction Management (MTM-CM), students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of study and must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. The course work is composed of four phases: (1) the program core, (2) the advanced Construction Management concentration, (3) the business operations, and (4) the synthesis phase.

Check the program's flowchart.

Technology Core

(6 semester hours)
The technology core consists of course work in research and development, engineering economics and strategic management, and Project Management.

Application of engineering economics principles related to evaluating alternative solutions and replacement and retention decisions. Includes decision and risk analysis, sensitivity analysis, expected value, benefit cost analysis, public sector economics, economic cycle, operation research, strategic management, and entrepreneurship in the technological environment.

Principles and practical concepts essential to managing complex construction projects. Advanced construction project planning, scheduling, control, resource allocation, and earned value analysis using Primavera Project Management software. Quality management, procurement management, and cost-time trade off.

Technology Concentration

(15 semester hours)

Early recognition of actual or potential legal problems with an overview of the legal aspects of contracting and construction. Explore contract administration, uncover details about risk management, and avoid litigation. Explore alternative dispute resolution techniques including mediation, arbitration, and litigation settlement techniques.

Subcontract scoping, quantity take-off, unit cost calculation, budgeting, and bidding strategy for buildings and heavy civil projects along with computerized estimating techniques such as Excel, HCSS, and Timberline.

Examination of negotiation theories, strategies, and tactics as applied to transactions in the construction and technological environments. Establishment of win-win environment in dealing with the project parties by adopting creative means to solve problems and resolve disputes. Practice through negotiation case studies, scenarios, and role playing.

Sustainable design and green building practices, sustainable construction, USGBC LEED, lean design, lean construction, Building Information Modeling (BIM), energy independence, and sustainable development assessment are examined in this course.

Spring. In depth coverage of the different trenchless techniques including identification and quantification of the different components of each trenchless technique along with their advantages and disadvantages. One and a half hours lecture, three hours laboratory.  Credit can not be earned in both CONS 4470 and CONS 5470.

Systematic exploration of a particular aspect of the discipline. May be repeated on approval of the graduate coordinator.

On demand. Systematic study of selected topics and their application to construction management and technology or manufacturing technology. May be repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

On demand. Supervised study, selected problems, and/or tailored readings related to construction management and technology or manufacturing technology. Proposed program of study must be approved by instructor prior to registration. May be repeated to six credit hours.

Work and study in business, industry, service, or government agency in a position related to student's intended area of specialization. Student assumes a professional role and pursues solutions to appropriate technical management problems. Placement must be approved by major advisor prior to registration. May be repeated to six hours. A minimum of 520 hours of employment during one semester is required.

Study of a particular topic in an intensive format. Topics vary.

Business Operations

(6 semester hours)
The business operations component consists of course work in Statistical Data Analysis and Decision Making, Quality Culture, Renewable Technologies, and other graduate MBA courses selected through advisement by major advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies in Business.

Concepts of data analysis, distribution and probability, variance and inference, data and their uses, and other statistical analysis techniques, with technological and industrial applications.

Plus one of the two following courses:

Systematic exploration of a topics in Renewable technologies, such as manufacturing, energy and green products through readings and projects.

Assessment and application of quality driven change process, emphasizing technological and cultural issues associated with servicing customers from a supplier perspective in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing circumstances. Team-based project configuring portfolio based on ISO/QS 9000 rubrics.

Synthesis Experience

(6 semester hours)
The synthesis experience is determined based upon a student's choice of Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (major project). The faculty members strongly encourage the students select problems derived from the work place for a thesis or major project. The nature of the synthesis experience under each plan may differ significantly. The thesis develops the candidate's capability for applied technical research. In the major project, the student synthesizes and applies knowledge derived from the program to solve complex human-machine problems, or to analyze and develop prototype mechanisms or systems.

Supervised independent development project or research on a delimited topic in construction management and technology or manufacturing technology. Generation of new knowledge as contrasted with a private reading course. Proposal for directed research must be approved by instructor/major advisor prior to registration. Prerequisite: Finishing 60% of your course work. Graded S/U.

Credit for thesis study. A student may register for unlimited thesis credits with a maximum of six credits allowable toward degree requirements. Prerequisite: TECH 6790.

Development of a research proposal, under the guidance of a research committee chair in preparation for CTE 6990 or CTE 6900/CTE 6910 or TECH 6990 or TECH 6900/TECH 6910. Generally to include comprehensive literature review, problem formulation, and research methodology. Prerequisite: CTE 6790 or TECH 6790. Graded S/U.

Coursework Requirements and Options

The student in consultation with his/her graduate advisor selects the specific courses that meet the requirements. View the degree requirements flowchart , and for the graduate courses offered by the Departments of Construction Management and Engineering Technologies use the prefixes CONS and TECH in the Office Registration & Records class search.

Admission Requirements

You may enter the program at the beginning of any semester and must have a Bachelor's degree with a major in construction, architecture, engineering, industrial technology or a related academic field. Candidates must meet the Graduate College admission requirements and present an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Foreign students must establish English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent English test. Competitive stipends are available for graduate research and teaching assistantships. Applications for assistantships must be completed and submitted to the Construction Management Department in the College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering. More Graduate College information and application forms are available on the Graduate College website.

Outstanding Job Placement

Our programs are widely recognized for excellence and our students enjoy consistently high job placement rates. MTM-CM graduates typically find positions such as Project Manager, Construction Manager, Estimator, Scheduler, Project Superintendent, and Residential Constructor.

Sample Employers

  • Adena Corporation
  • Alvada Construction
  • Baker Concrete
  • Bostleman Construction
  • Charles Construction
  • Construction Process Solutions
  • Danis Building Construction
  • Donley's Construction
  • The Douglas Company
  • E.S. Wagner
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Infinity Construction
  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
  • Kokosing Construction
  • Lake Erie Electric
  • Lathrop Company
  • Marous Brothers Construction
  • Mosser Construction
  • OCP Contractors
  • The Quandel Group
  • Romanoff Electric
  • Rudolph/Libbe
  • The Shelly Company
  • Thomas & Marker
  • Turner Construction
  • Western Summit Constructors

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