Executive Construction Management Graduate Certificate (Online)


Program Description

Accepting Applications Now for Spring 2019

Gain knowledge of the foundations of construction management. This knowledge will help you apply the theories and principles of construction management to effectively identify, analyze, and manage construction operations within your organization.

With a graduate certificate from Purdue University, professionals will learn to analyze techniques for contemporary construction business practices including accounting and finance practice, legal obligations, rights and remedies pertaining to construction company bidding, contracts, and construction changes, risk management, and marketing theory and process.

The curriculum is designed to prepare qualified individuals for leadership positions in the construction industry, with emphasis on construction operations and company level management.

Participate in live, interactive classes on weeknights from 7-9:30 pm (EST) for 15 weeks (10 weeks in summer). Live classrooms are strategically designed to enhance the instruction and interaction between the construction industry and academic leaders. Our flexible courses provide the opportunity to master emerging construction management techniques and gives you the knowledge that you can put into practice on the job right away. Students are able to complete the 12 credit-hour graduate certificate in 2 to 3 years.

This certificate has been of interest to these professionals

  • Construction Company Owner/President
  • Project Manager
  • Construction Superintendent/Manager
  • Senior Claims Analyst
  • Construction Consultant
  • Designer
  • Building Inspector
  • Construction Foreman
  • Contract Manager
  • General Laborer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Architect

MS in Construction Management

For students who are more interested in a master's program, we offer a Master's in 'Construction Management'. Four courses are required for the certificate program (12 credit hours), all of which may be credited to the existing MS in Construction Management degree in the event that the student opts to continue in the MS degree program.

Admission Requirements

The admissions process selects highly qualified applicants into the graduate certificate program by considering each of the following criteria in judging the overall strength of the applicant. Typically, no single criterion is used as a sole determinant for admission.

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, computer engineering, information systems, informatics, or a closely related field is recommended.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited institution is required for unconditional admission.
  • Minimum of two years of industry experience in an IT related position.
  • English Proficiency Requirements Vary

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - July 1st
  • Spring Semester - November 1st
  • Summer Semester - No Entry

How to Apply

Start by reviewing the application tips to walk through the process, then put together your application packet:

  • Complete online application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions
  • Resume


Executive Construction Management Graduate Certificate courses are 100% online and in a synchronous virtual environment where you will receive engaging and relevant instructor-led training, collaboration with your peers and gain real-world skills while in a comfortable, ready-to-learn atmosphere. Our Live Classrooms are strategically designed to ensure that you master core concepts with in-person instruction and interactions. The courses are typically every Tuesday and/or Thursday from 7:00 PM - 9:50 PM (EST). Courses are offered in a one-year cycle, with start dates available at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester.

The graduate professional programs offered through the Purdue Polytechnic Center for Professional Studies provides a level of academic quality that will distinguish and advance your career. Among the most affordable professional education options, the Purdue programs have proven value and respect within the industry. Students who graduated in the past several years have generally completed the certificate in less than two years on average, at a cost of less than $10,000.

Cost per credit hour is charged at a flat rate, which varies depending on whether you're a resident of Indiana.

Cost for Indiana residents:

$682 per credit hour

Cost for out-of-state residents:

$906 per credit hour

Paying for Courses

Financial Assistance

There are a number of financial assistance options to help defray the costs of enrolling in a graduate professional program. These include Stafford loans, graduate PLUS loans, military programs, and loans from private lenders. Through myPurdue, you can monitor your financial aid funding and make sure the proper payments are made in a timely fashion.

Installment Plans

If you're enrolling in the fall or spring, you can sign up for a payment plan to avoid making one large payment each semester. You'll be charged 25 percent of your fees when you enroll, as well as 8 percent APR on the amount deferred. You'll then pay off the balance in three equal payments over the course of the semester.

Third-Party Payment

If your employer or a tuition assistance program is covering the costs for you, we'll invoice them directly after the last official drop day for students. The third party will also need to send a voucher or written approval, on letterhead, to the Purdue University Bursar, Attn: Chad Lester or fax to (765) 494-6988. The approval must include:

  • Full name of the student and his/her Purdue University ID (PUID) number
  • Course number(s) and title(s)
  • Company name and billing address
  • Amount of fees being covered
  • Any restrictions or conditions on what payment will cover
  • Length of sponsorship (dates the fees will cover)
  • Billing contact name, phone, fax, and email
Last updated Oct 2018

About the School

The Purdue Online - Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines. The college includes seven ac ... Read More

The Purdue Online - Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines. The college includes seven academic schools, departments, and divisions. Read less
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