Online Master of Science in Construction Management
30 credit hours | In-state tuition: $782/credit hour | Out-of-state tuition: $782/credit hour
- Provided in an easily accessible, 100% online format by UTEP’s College of Engineering
- Designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in engineering, architecture, business and more
- Developed to prepare students for career growth and professional certification
- Unique semester-long internship requirement provides real-world experience
- Cost-effective, application-based online construction management degree
- Bilingual faculty with industry experience.
Become a Key Player in a Growing Industry
As the global construction industry expands, more and more companies are looking for experienced leaders to oversee their projects. This online Master's in Construction Management degree is ideal for those looking to add to their credentials and learn how to confidently handle projects of all sizes.With an online degree in construction management you can acquire the skills and knowledge to
- Oversee complex projects of all sizes
- Manage the processes and logistics of construction jobs
- Estimate costs, maintain a budget, work in teams and secure material resources and control finances
- Work across disciplines towards a common goal
- Develop an understanding of job site safety and construction law
- Become an effective project manager
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Prepare for Certification and Gain Practical Experience
Our online Master of Science in Construction Management degree is designed to prepare you for certification through the American Institute of Constructors. The program also has an internship requirement that can assist you in gaining practical, hands-on experience at a UTEP-approved construction company or government agency. Industry managers who sit on the program's advisory board help ensure that the skills graduates acquire are in demand and marketable.
"I [started my new job] as an estimator for a multifamily builder/developer at the same time I started this program. [As] I had been working in the construction field I was familiar with some of the content but was able to gain new skills and knowledge. A few months after I finished the program, I was promoted. I'm currently an assistant project manager and am working on three multifamily projects with a total approximate valuation of $130 million. My company is a great place to work and offers career advancement opportunities. I have been selected to be a part of the next generation of project managers and we are taking a course to get there." - Ruben Linan, GraduateMEET MORE STUDENTS
Construction Management Industry Jobs
Many of our graduates go on to become construction management leaders in roles such as:
- BIM specialist
- Project engineer
- Project manager
- Quality control manager
- Safety manager
The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.
"I graduated from the construction management program on August 15, 2021. My degree gives me the credentials to apply for higher management positions in the construction industry. I have extensive experience in plumbing and I am being interviewed for a job as a plumbing designer with an emphasis on construction management. The knowledge, skills and experience this degree has given me will certainly benefit me in positions of leadership and greater responsibility. I also recently became an instructor for San Antonio Community College and with a graduate degree, my credentials have been validated. I'm glad it's over but I'm very happy to have completed this two-year program." - Daniel Gauna, GraduateMEET MORE STUDENTS
UTEP faculty estimates that more than 60 percent of all construction work is awarded based on a bidding company’s qualifications rather than price. Having access to experienced, certified and well-educated professionals is a construction company’s biggest advantage in today’s competitive environment.
The 30-credit-hour online construction management degree aims to prepare working professionals to achieve a greater level of understanding within an interactive and engaging learning environment. The program’s open structure allows students to begin classes at any time during the term, without worrying about course sequencing or prerequisites.
Upon completion of the construction degree curriculum, students should be ready to sit for the professional certification exam administered by the American Institute of Constructors.
As of Spring 2021, students will also be able to choose geotechnical construction courses as electives in addition to the degree's main areas. Students taking these electives will learn
- Basic earth construction techniques and methods
- Geotechnical construction risks – why problems and failures occur
- Specialized geotechnical construction methods used to solve specific weak soil foundation problems
- Forensic analysis of foundation failure
Online MSCM coursework
|Construction Internship||Obtain practical experience by interning at a UTEP-approved a construction company or government agency involved in construction management and engineering.|
|Construction Management||Learn the planning and management concepts of construction or engineering organizations including formation, organization, legal factors, marketing, financing and human resource management.|
|Advanced Construction Cost Analysis and Bidding||Study advanced methods and software tools for developing detailed estimates of construction costs, preparing bid packages, preparing budgets, and monitoring and controlling costs for construction projects.|
|Construction Law and Ethics||Develop a working knowledge of various forms of construction contracts, roles and responsibilities of the parties to the contract, licensing and regulatory requirements, lien laws and contractor rights, national and local labor law, procedures to avoid disputes. Learn how to work with each of the important terms of a contract.|
|Construction Scheduling||Understand parameters affecting project planning, learn to present schedule information, network diagramming, procurement practices, critical path scheduling, resource allocation and management impacts caused by changes, and computer applications using state-of-the-art software systems. You will create and present a report on a project that includes complete critical path scheduling analysis of an actual project using a state-of-the-art software system.|
|Advanced Construction Safety||Learn safe work practices, mandatory training, record keeping and maintenance of records, compliance with OSHA worker safety and environmental safety law inspection procedures, and penalties for lack of conformance to safety laws. You will also learn procedures to recognize hazards, CPR, site safety meetings, and accident investigations.|
|Construction Methods||Explore the use of materials and methods on construction projects, including wood, steel, and concrete construction and earthwork. You will develop a final project report involving planning construction methods for a project.|
|Earth Construction||Study how a construction site should be managed from the start of a project, how to protect the land, and how to manage soil and water issues during construction. Topics include specialized construction materials for managing soils and associated techniques that can save money and reduce construction time.|
Learn sustainable design and construction concepts, LEED and Green Globe project certifying organizations, water and energy efficiency, and difficulties in implementing sustainable project requirements.
|Advanced Mechanical Electrical Construction||Gain an understanding of electrical and mechanical contracting work practices, including estimating and bidding, labor requirements, equipment requirements, material specifications and potential problems occurring in this field of contracting.|
|Special Topics: Geotechnical Construction Risk and Failure Analysis||Evaluate the many risks involved in construction using soil and rock ground conditions, compaction of earth fill materials, risks caused by ground and surface waters, as well as temporary earth structure risks. Analyse the causes of case study ground failures and how they could have been prevented.|
|Special Topics:Specialty Geotechnical Construction Solutions||Study and evaluate a multitude of specialized foundation construction and soil improvement methods used in weak and unusual soil conditions.|