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Professors to Know in Online Construction Management Degree Programs

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Kereshmeh Afsari, MA, MS, PhD Purdue University

Dr. Kereshmeh Afsari has worked in several settings within the higher education, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. An assistant professor at Purdue University’s School of Construction Management Technology, she brings her vibrant work experience to the classroom. Her research focuses on construction, the application of computational science to building design, implications for smart living, value engineering, and sustainable design. She has also helped develop new AEC technologies and BIM methods at Autodesk, Perkins+Will, and SmartBIM, among others. Dr. Afsari received her PhD in architecture (design computation) from Georgia Institute of Technology; a MS in digital architectural design from University of Salford; and a master’s degree in architecture from the Iran University of Technology and Science.

David Brian Ashley, BD, MD, PhD University of Southern California

Dr. David Brian Ashley is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Southern California. He has a doctoral degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University. He completed master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering at MIT. His research interests include the development and implementation of risk-analysis techniques appropriate for construction engineering and project management. Prior to teaching at USC, he served as the executive vice chancellor at University of California, Merced, and dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University. He has won several laurels such as the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Management Award and the American Society of Civil Engineers Peurifoy Construction Research Award.

Adeeba Raheem, PhD University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Adeeba Raheem is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. She teaches construction management, cost analysis and bidding, sustainable construction, and construction planning and scheduling. Armed with a passion for efficient techniques for managing construction projects, she designs online courses that blend theoretical knowledge with practical skills. Her courses are aimed at helping students develop professional skills and tackle real-world challenges. Dr. Raheem earned her PhD from University of Florida.

Featured Online Construction Management Degree Programs

University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering

The University of Southern California offers an online master’s degree in construction management that trains students in technical and non-technical aspects of construction. The program combines a number of disciplines such as architecture, law, business, policy, and planning and development.

Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree in business or engineering. They also need to submit GMAT or GRE scores. The 33-credit program covers not only theory, but also best practices in the real estate and construction industry. There is a special focus on the function of the constructor in real estate. Some of the courses included are sustainable design and construction, building information modeling and integrated practice, and construction accounting and finance.

On successful completion of the program, graduates may be qualified to work in a variety of roles such as general contractor, real estate developer, sub-contractor, and construction manager. They can pursue opportunities in construction management, real estate, architectural engineering, project management, and design management.

  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Expected Time to Completion: 36 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,666 per credit-hour
  • Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Arizona State University, Del E. Webb School of Construction

This online master of science in construction management program equips students with advanced management, technical, and applied research skills that are highly in demand in the construction industry. The 30-credit program offers specializations in construction management and facility management. Students must submit GRE scores for admission.

The construction management concentration teaches students construction productivity, construction company financial control, construction project management, and advanced procurement systems. The facility management concentration helps students explore facility project management, introduction to advanced technology facilities, and building energy management. In addition to these courses, students also take up research projects and work on a thesis.

The program prepares students for diverse careers within the construction industry, working on maintenance, renovation, project management, and company management. Some of the roles they can take up include construction manager, construction laborer, building inspector, and supervisor.

  • Location: Tempe, Arizona
  • Expected Time to Completion: 34 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $988 per credit-hour
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University’s online master of science (MS) in construction management program is an advanced degree, providing insight into leadership, business management, and construction. Students get exposure to the best practices in building information modeling, sustainability, decision making, and project delivery.

The program comprises of 12 courses, seven weeks each. Core courses include research methods in construction management, project delivery, and decision making tools. In addition to the expertise gained in core courses, students also acquire detailed knowledge of lean construction building information modeling, natural hazard resistant construction, and construction dispute resolution. The program helps students develop a management based approach to architecture, engineering and construction, while developing skills such as marketing, scheduling, creating take-offs, and facility management.

Graduates from the program are prepared oversee residential, commercial, municipal, civil and industrial building projects.

  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Expected Time to Completion: 24 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $814 per credit-hour
  • Accreditation: American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

Purdue University

Purdue University’s online MS in construction management is perfect for professionals looking to make a mark in the construction industry. Applicants need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, construction management, or a related field. Additionally, they must have two years of work experience in construction.

While the program is fully online, it also includes live classes that give students a chance to interact with professors and other students. Students also have the opportunity to build a strong professional network. While the program is focused on construction, it also emphasizes operational and company level management. The courses delve deeply into construction accounting and financial management, academic writing, analysis of research in construction, and construction leadership. Construction concentration courses include risk management in construction, managing construction quality, and pre-construction project management. Students can also opt for sustainable construction management topics such as value engineering and visualization, sustainable interior design, and energy-conserving building.

Graduates successfully completing the program may take up leadership positions such as project manager, construction company president, senior claims analyst, and construction superintendent.

  • Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Expected Time to Completion: 24 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $906 per credit-hour
  • Accreditation: American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso ranks #8 among “National Research Universities,” according to Washington Monthly. The master of science (MS) in construction management program at UTEP comprises 30 credit-hours and is aimed at professionals in the construction industry. The program prepares students to pursue professional certification offered by the American Institute of Constructors.

This completely online program is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in engineering, business, or architecture. As part of the program, students learn how to manage teams, tackle complex projects, and survive in a global market. Construction management courses include advanced construction cost analysis, construction law and ethics, construction scheduling, and sustainable construction.

Taught by highly professional faculty that has worked on billion dollar construction projects, the program lays a solid foundation in construction management with an internship designed to provide students with practical experience with a UTEP-approved construction company.

  • Location: El Paso, Texas
  • Expected Time to Completion: Depends on the number of courses taken per term
  • Estimated Tuition: $725 per credit-hour
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Florida International University, School of Construction

FIU’s School of Construction offers a premier online construction management graduate program that trains construction managers to plan, coordinate, supervise, and budget construction projects. Students completing the master of construction management (MCM) program can pursue managerial positions in the construction industry.

The degree comprises 36 credits of three-credit courses. Students can take all courses online, or opt for a combination of face-to-face and online classes. Coursework provides an insight into construction materials and methods, construction accounting and finance, economic planning, legal aspects of construction, and site work. Additionally, students gain skills such as construction drawing, construction scheduling, cost estimating, and business management. The program is ideal for students holding a bachelor’s degree in construction management.

  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Expected Time to Completion: 12 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $25,200 for full program
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering

Students holding a bachelor’s degree in engineering, project management, construction, and related fields can pursue this program from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The master of engineering (MEng) in civil engineering construction management is a great alternative to an MBA for students pursuing engineering or construction areas of focus.

The degree imparts skills such as management and business, project management, planning, and managing capital projects. Some of the topics students explore include construction methods and equipment, construction estimating and bidding, green building, engineering economics, building information modeling, and leadership challenges in a global environment. Students learn how to manage issues in engineering and construction, as well as planning and contracting.

On successful completion of the course, students may work in roles such as engineer, utility company project manager, and government project manager.

  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Expected Time to Completion: 19 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $23,610 for full program
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides an online master of science degree with a specialization in construction management. The degree comprises 36 credit-hours, and course selection is flexible. Students can opt for courses in transportation and the College of Engineering as part of the construction management program.

Some of the courses students must take include construction productivity, construction planning, construction cost analysis, and structural dynamics. During the course of the program, students learn risk analysis and decision-making, visual sensing, and sustainable construction methods. Learning is enhanced with the help of construction case studies. Additionally, the program lays a strong foundation in construction engineering processes such as contracting, scheduling, planning, estimating and project control, as well as construction econometrics.

  • Location: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Expected Time to Completion: Online students have up to five years
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,084 per credit-hour
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

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Online Master’s Degrees in Construction Management

As the population of the world rises, the need for more houses, schools, offices, hospitals, workspaces, and other necessary structures, increases too—and so does the need for large construction projects such as highways, bridges, roads, and railways. All of this, in turn, increases the demand for well-trained construction managers, who must not only keep track of technological advancements but also ensure they are deployed in the right way.