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Graduate School

 


Construction Management

Department Chair

Dr. Yong Bai

Department Location

AR/LA 106

Telephone Number

(701) 231-7879

Degrees Offered

M.S., Master of Construction Management, Certificate

Application Deadline

 For the Master of Science in Construction Management, March 15 for the fall semester and September 15 for the spring semester.
For the Master of Construction Management, May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Test Requirements

GRE (M.S. applicants)

English Proficiency

M.S. in Construction Management:
TOEFL ibT: 81, IELTS: 6.5, PTE Academic 54
Master of Construction Management:  
TOEFL ibT: 79, IELTS: 6.5, PTE Academic: 53

Programs 


The Department of Construction Management and Engineering offers three separate and distinct graduate programs as listed below followed by a description of each of the programs. 

  • Master of Science in Construction Management
  • Master of Construction Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Construction Management
 Master of Science in Construction Management


Overview

The Master of Science in Construction Management is an on-campus research-focused degree consisting of 25 credits of didactic coursework, 6 credits of research work, and 1 credit of seminar culminating in a Master of Science thesis. In addition, students are expected to significantly contribute to the development and delivery of scholarly publications and to the development and submission of research grant proposals as determined by the major advisor.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Master of Science in Construction Management applicants must:  

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent to attain full standing. Submission of an official transcript is required.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants.
  • Submit a one-page “Statement of Research Objectives and Qualifications” that directly relates to one of the “Research Interests” of the CM&E faculty.
  • Submit a two-page resume.

Degree and Credit Requirements

The Master of Science in Construction Management requires a total of 31 graduate-level credits (24 credits of coursework, 6 credits of research/thesis, and 1 credit of seminar) and a thesis.  The thesis requires the creation and presentation of new knowledge in providing a solution to a problem.  Prior to submitting a thesis to the graduate student's Supervisory Committee, the thesis must be reviewed by a departmentally approved external editor.  All costs associated with external review are the responsibility of the graduate student.

A Plan of Study for the Master of Science in Construction Management is shown below: 

CM&E 790

Graduate Seminar

1 credit

CM&E 603

Scheduling and Project Control

4 credits

CM&E 611

Construction Cost Estimating

4 credits

CM&E 701

Construction Technology Equipment

4 credits

CM&E 612

Construction Management

3 credits

600 or 700-level electives*

9 credits

CM&E 798

Master's Thesis

6 credits

* Electives may be any 600 or 700-level courses offered at NDSU as indicated in the Plan of Study determined by the student and the major faculty advisor.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 must be achieved in order to complete the M.S. degree. 

Financial Assistance

Various types of financial assistance are available to graduate students as described on the Graduate School website.  For exceptional applicants, the CM&E Department may offer a graduate assistantship which consists of a monetary stipend and a possible tuition waiver; however, student activity fees and program fees are not waived.  There is no application process for graduate assistantships.  Applicants are evaluated based on their credentials and/or experience.  Please refer to graduate assistantships policy.  

Master of Construction Management


Overview
 

The Master of Construction Management is an on-line professional program consisting of 30 credits of coursework and the Associate Constructor (AC) Exam or the Certified Professional Constructor Exam (CPC). The Master of Construction Management is administered through Distance and Continuing Education (DCE) at NDSU. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Master of Construction Management applicants must:  

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent to attain full standing.  
  • Submit a two-page resume. 
  • Submit a one-page “Statement of Purpose” outlining your reasons for pursuing the Master of Construction Management.

Applicants who are deficient in the CGPA requirement are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management.  Although successful completion of the Graduate Certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the Master of Construction Management, the Graduate Certificate will be seriously considered in application decisions related to the Master of Construction Management

Degree and Credit Requirements

The Master of Construction Management degree consists of thirty (30) credits of course work and a passing grade in the Associate Constructor Exam or the Certified Professional Constructor Exam.  The following nine (9) courses constitute the thirty (30) credits of coursework required for the degree:

Required Courses

CM&E 603

Scheduling and Project Control

4 credits

CM&E 611

Construction Cost Estimating

4 credits

CM&E 612

Construction Management

3 credits

CM&E 630

Land Development

3 credits

CM&E 670

Information Technologies for CM’s

3 credits

CM&E 701

Construction Technology and Equipment

4 credits

CM&E 710

Managing for Quality in Construction Orgs.

3 credits

CM&E 715

Construction Specifications and Contracts

3 credits

CM&E 740

Financial & Economic Concepts for CM’s

3 credits

Schedule of Courses

Spring 2013
CM&E 670     Information Technologies for CM’s
CM&E 701     Construction Technology and Equipment      


3 credits
4 credits

Fall 2013
CM&E 603      Scheduling and Project Control
CM &E 611     Construction Cost Estimating                        
CM &E 612     Construction Management                             
CM &E 715     Construction Specifications and Contracts        


4 credits
4 credits
3 credits
3 credits

Spring 2014
CM&E 701     Construction Technology and Equipment 
CM&E 710     Managing for Quality in Construction Orgs
CM&E 740     Financial & Economic Concepts for CM’s        


4 credits
3 credits
3 credits

Fall 2014
CM&E 603     Scheduling and Project Control                     
CM&E 611     Construction Cost Estimating                        
CM&E 612     Construction Management                             
CM&E 630     Land Development 


4 credits
4 credits
3 credits
3 credits

Both the Associate Constructor (AC) Exam and the Certified Professional Constructor” (CPC) Exam are administered by the American Institute of Constructors & Constructor Certification Commission. Typically, students take these nationally administered exams after their last semester of coursework.  A passing grade in this exam achieves the designation of “certification” and is a requirement for awarding the degree.  The exam may be taken multiple times.  Based on their level of education and professional experience, students will select the exam that is most appropriate for their professional development.  The AC Exam and the CPC Exam are offered twice a year, typically in March and November.  International applicants should note that the AC exam is not offered on-line and is only offered in the United States.


The Associate Constructor (AC) certification is intended for constructors and supervisors who are in the early stages of their careers.  The exam questions are primarily based upon education knowledge.  The Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) certification is intended for the Professional Constructor who has been in the field for several years and exam questions cover both education and experience-based knowledge.  

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and financial aid offered by the offered by the CM&E Department, the Graduate School, or NDSU are not available to students in the Master of Construction Management. 

Graduate Certificate in Construction Management


Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Construction Management provides an on-line course learning experiences constituting a distinct knowledge-base and a specific set of associated skills within the areas of estimating, scheduling, and project management at the graduate level.  These three areas constitute a body of knowledge that represents the fundamental core of construction management.  The proposed Graduate Certificate in Construction Management consists of eleven credits encompassing the following three (3) courses:  CM&E 603 - Scheduling and Project Control (4 credits); CM&E 611 - Construction Cost Estimating (4 credits); and CM&E 612 - Construction Management (3 credits).  The Graduate Certificate in Construction Management is administered through Distance and Continuing Education (DCE) at NDSU. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management applicants must: 

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent to attain full standing.  
  • Submission of an official transcript is required. 
  • Submit a two-page resume. 
  • Submit a one-page “Statement of Purpose” outlining your reasons for pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management.
  • Submit three (3) three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit applications directly to the NDSU Graduate School via the on-line application process. 

For the Certificate in Construction Management, application deadlines are May 1 for admission to the fall semester and October 1 for admission to the spring semester. 

Degree and Credit Requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program in Construction Management requires the successful completion of eleven (11) credits of coursework, specifically: 

CM&E 603

Scheduling and Project Control

4 credits

CM&E 611

Construction Cost Estimating

4 credits

CM&E 612

Construction Management 

3 credits

Course Descriptions

CM&E 603 - Scheduling and Project Control
This course provides a discussion on the theories, principles, and techniques of construction planning and scheduling with an emphasis on time management, costs, and resources through the preparation and analysis of network schedules. Offered fall semester only.

CM&E 611 - Construction Cost Estimating
This course provides an advanced discussion of quantity takeoffs; labor, materials, equipment, and overhead costs; profit; and bidding strategies for construction projects. Offered fall semester only.

CM&E 612 - Construction Management
This course provides a discussion of the organization of project information; contract administration, project delivery systems; construction management methods; constructability review, value engineering; and construction productivity.  Offered both fall and spring semesters. 

Completion

Only grades of C or higher will satisfy requirements for certificate completion with a CGPA of 3.0 or greater. The Dean of the Graduate School, using official NDSU transcripts, will verify course completion and issue the certificate. Courses used to satisfy the Graduate Certificate requirements cannot be older than three years at the time the certificate completion is verified.   

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and financial aid offered by the offered by the CM&E Department, the Graduate School, or NDSU are not available to students in the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management.

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Faculty

Eric Asa, Ph.D.
University of Alberta, 2002
Research Interests: Infrastructure and Assets Management, Construction Materials, Engineering Education, Computational Modeling 

Yong Bai, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Chair and Professor
North Carolina State University, 1996
Research Areas: Infrastructure construction and maintenance, highway work zone safety, international construction management, and emerging technologies in construction. 

Bradley Bowen, Ed.D.
North Carolina State University, 2011
Research Interests: Engineering Education, K-12 Engineering, Project-based Learning 

Zhili (Jerry) Gao, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, 2004
Research Interests:  Virtual Design And Construction (Visualization, BIM Development And Implantation), Advanced Concrete Techniques (Sustainable Concrete, New Concrete Materials And Structures)

Charles McIntyre, Ph.D.
The Pennsylvania State University, 1996
Research Interests: Sustainable Construction and Engineering, Construction and Engineering Education 

Todd L. Sirotiak, MBA, Ph.D., P.E., CPC
Iowa State University, 2008
Research Areas: Cost control, sustainability, and engineering education.

Jongchul Song, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin, 2005
Research Interests: Energy efficient building technology (thermal insulation performance), Asphalt pavement construction (temperature-density relation

Matthew L. Stone, Ph.D.
University of Alabama, 2013
Research Areas: Cost estimating, life cycle analysis, and infrastructure construction.


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