Master of Technology Management in Construction Management

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Masters of Technology Management

Construction Management specialization

Bowling Green State University’s Master of Technology Management (MTM) degree, is to provide 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.

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.

Program's Requirements

To earn a Master of Technology Management in Construction Management (MTM-CM), students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of study and must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. The course work is composed of three phases: (1)  MTM Core Courses (2) Program concentration and (3) the Synthesis phase. Specific courses that meet the requirements are selected by the student in consultations with the major advisor.

Check the program's flowchart.

MTM Core Courses (9 hours)

TECH 6030 - Data Analysis and Decision Making
Spring. Concepts of data analysis, distribution and probability, variance and inference, data and their uses, and other statistical analysis techniques, with technological and industrial applications.

IDT 6030 - Data Analysis and Decision Making
Concepts of data analysis, distribution and probability, variance, and inference, data and their uses, and other statistical analysis techniques, with learning design applications in both business and education.  Graded A/F.  Approved for Distance Education.

STAT 6010 - Statistics for Managerial Decisions
Fundamental statistical concepts and important statistical techniques will be introduced. Topics to be covered include exploratory data analysis, confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, forecasting, analysis of variance, and contingency tables. Credit not applicable toward the M.S. in Applied Statistics. Extra Fee. Approved for distance education.

This course develops a foundation for successful completion of a technical project. The course covers a wide range of fundamental concepts related to project management such as project management framework, project management process, project life cycle, and the ten knowledge areas of project management including integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resource management, communication management, risk management, procurement management, and stakeholder management. Approved for distance education.

TECH 6790 - Research and Development in Technology
Spring. Research and development strategies in technology. Emphasis is placed on preparation of a research or development proposal.

IDT 6790 - Research in Learning Design
Fall, Spring. Identification of problem areas and specific problems in learning design. Within current theories, research design and techniques, individual student problems are defined and developed.  Graded A/F.  Approved for distance education.

Synthesis Courses (3-6 hours) - Either Plan I or Plan II or Plan III

Plan I: Thesis Track
The thesis option is a major project of original research, conducted under the supervision of the student’s major advisor. Students electing this option must register for no fewer than six credit hours of thesis research as part of their degree program.

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.

Plan II: Non-Thesis Track Project

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: TECH 6790. Graded S/U.

Plan III: Non-Thesis Track Capstone
Students choosing this option will conduct an applied project with a company to address a real world problem using skills learned from various program courses. The students will write a project report and present the findings.

A comprehensive or synthesis course that integrates all aspects of the technology management process. Students will combine concepts and skills from prior masters of technology coursework, problem solving techniques, published works, and industry sources to successfully complete a term-length Project-based Learning Assignment(s) (PLA). Completion the PLA will required that the student draw from knowledge gained from courses taken during their graduate education, problem solving techniques, published work, and industry sources. Approved for distance education.

MTM-CM Program Electives (15-18 hours)

Required Courses

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.

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

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.

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.

Elective Courses

Or select any other 5000 or 6000 level course with advisor approval

Advanced topics in green building, sustainable design, sustainable construction, USGBC "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" (LEED), lean design, lean fundamentals, and green lean. The course approach includes research and scholarly activities. Approved for distance education. Credit cannot be earned for both CONS 5000 and CONS 4000.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. Graded A/F.

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. Graded A/F.

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. Graded A/F.

Study of a particular topic in an intensive format. Topics vary. Graded A/F.

Notes:

  1. Thesis - A formal exposition advancing a new point of view resulting from research. A MTM thesis shall be compliant with the guidelines and requirements defined in the BGSU Thesis and Dissertation Handbook and the requirements of the program, school and College of Technology and Applied Engineering.
  2. Project - A formal exposition conveying information learned through reading and/or experimentation. The MTM project requirements are guided the BGSU thesis requirements but does will not require a submission to the Graduate College following the departmental graduate faculty approval.
  3. At least 18 credit hours of 6000 or higher-level courses must be taken.
  4. No more than three independent study courses (TECH 6800/6820/6830/6840/6850 /6940/6950) and one internship (TECH 6880/6890) can be applied to this MTM program.
  5. MTM core and a number of the elective courses have been approved for distance learning.
  6. In the MTM-Construction Management Program, within the Non-Thesis Track two elective courses can be taken in lieu of TECH 6790. Students who choose this path will require 33 credit hours to graduate.

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

Admission occurs each semester, requiring a Bachelor’s degree with a major in a quality-related discipline embodying technical and/or analytical attributes. Past students have come from engineering, business, computer science, statistics, biology, chemistry, health professions, among other fields. Candidates must meet Graduate College requirements and have an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Foreign students must establish English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or equivalent English test.

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, Corna Kososing, 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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