Accepting Applications Now for Spring 2018 and Fall 2018
Set yourself apart in the construction industry
- A superior credential: a graduate degree from an institution with global recognition and impact.
- Highly relevant, timely instruction from the construction industry and academic leaders.
- Advance and network with an experienced and motivated peer group for mutual support, team exercises, and enhanced learning.
Go from orientation to graduation in just 24 months in Purdue Polytechnic Professional Programs' Master of Science with a concentration in Construction Management online program. Our flexible curriculum gives you the knowledge that you can put into practice on the job right away.
Each annual cohort starts in mid-August with an intensive, three-day session on Purdue’s campus that allows you to meet your fellow students and professors. Once you’re back home, you’ll continue classes in a synchronous virtual environment, using a computer with audio-visual links to hear lectures, view presentations/exercises and participate in discussions—a real-time learning experience.
Executive Construction Management program highlights
- Emphasize construction operational and company level management- the benefits of an MBA but with a focus on construction
- Flexible course options provide the opportunity to master principles of sustainability using emerging management techniques
- Participate in live, interactive classes on weeknights from 7-9:30 pm (EST) for 15 weeks (10 weeks in summer)
- Complete a capstone paper (non-thesis) to improve your company or specialized knowledge, applying what you've learned to your interests and situation
- Construction Accounting and Financial Management
- Construction Operations and Strategic Management
- Academic Writing
- Analysis of Research in Construction
- Construction Leadership and Marketing
- Capstone Journal Paper
- Law for Construction Managers
Executive Construction Management
- Managing Construction Quality and Production
- Risk Management in Construction
- Construction Management Training and Development
- Preconstruction Project Management
Sustainable Construction Management
- Energy Conserving Building Retrofit
- Special Topics in Sustainable Interior Design
- Sustainable Site Development
- Value Engineering and Visualization for Sustainability
- Building Information Management (BIM) and Sustainability
This degree has been of interest to these professionals
- Construction Company Owner/President.
- Project Manager.
- Construction Superintendent/Manager.
- Senior Claims Analyst.
- Construction Consultant.
- Designers and others whose careers move them to construction management.
To be admitted to The Purdue Graduate School and Purdue Polytechnic Institute you are required to have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Your GPA for the last completed degree must be a minimum of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00. (If you did not obtain a 3.00, please contact the Purdue Polytechnic Center for Professional Studies to discuss conditional admittance.) Two years of experience in the construction industry is required.
How to Apply
Start by reviewing these application tips to walk through the process, then put together your application packet:
- Completed electronic application form*
- Statement of purpose (300-500 words) highlighting:
- Your career objectives
- Why you’re interested in graduate study
- How a graduate degree will help you attain your career objectives
- Your professional plans and applied research interest
- Elaboration on any special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications and professional history
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current employer if possible
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning
- Resume showing your work history (at least 2 years of professional experience is required)
* All Purdue Polytechnic Professional Program weekend and online MS programs are listed on the Graduate School website at the West Lafayette campus under (campus) West Lafayette > (major) Building Construction Management > (Area of Interest) Executive Construction Management.
Plan of Study
Below is a sample plan of study for the online Master of Science with a concentration in Construction Management program featuring course electives in Executive and Sustainable Construction Management topics. Courses are offered in a two-year cycle, with start dates available at the beginning of each Fall semester. Each Fall term starts with a required orientation session where you will meet other industry leaders, faculty, and students in the motivated peer group. Required courses are noted with an asterisk.
Semester 1 (Fall of even years)
- *Construction Accounting and Financial Management: Accounting techniques, financial methods, and financial management for construction firm management. Analysis techniques for contemporary construction company accounting and finance practice with an emphasis on cash flow analysis and cash management. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
- *Academic Writing Seminar 1: Analysis of the requirements of research reports. Emphasis on research methods and concepts, identifying major issues, academic literature reviews, data collection and presentation methods, and selecting a research topic. (1 credits)
Selective Course (choose 1):
- Managing Construction Quality & Production: Advanced techniques for assessing the success of construction project management including schedule cost, safety, and quality measurements. Impacts of pre planning, human factors, and communication systems on quality and productivity. Statistical methods for analysis of construction operations. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
- Value Engineering & Visualization for Sustainability: In this class, students will acquire knowledge in value engineering principles to enhance both the quality and the utility of any system. Starting with the early phases of a project and using visualization technology the students will apply traditional Value Engineering approaches to establish value and performance criteria of a project, develop life-cycle cost and optimize designs to meet sustainability principles and maximize owner’s return on investment. (3 credits)
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Sustainability: An overview of Green and Sustainable principles and technologies within the context of Building Information Management and Modeling. The course emphasizes construction documentation for LEED certification. Students are expected to cover a number of readings to explore LEED credits and points score systems, information management principles, techniques, and tools. Students will become proficient with software related to the field and develop solutions based on the integration of knowledge and software. (3 credits)
Semester 2 (Spring of odd years)
- *Construction Operations & Strategic Management: Principles of construction company business management for U.S. companies. Executive-level construction functions including strategic planning, organizational structure, and ownership structure including succession planning. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
Selective Course (choose 1):
- Risk Management in Construction: Analysis of the depth and breadth of risk in construction. Defining key terms and concepts used in various risk management arenas - legal statutes, precedent and case studies relevant to construction risk management, insurance, and surety bonding. Subjects include contracts, torts, insurance, surety, safety laws, quality, and risk management models. Analysis of case studies to utilize risk management tools and identify issues and possible approaches. Project risk control including management of foreseeable hazards as well as unforeseen conditions. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
- Sustainable Site Development: This course focuses on sustainable methods of site construction, provisioning and routing, processes, and evaluative measures and standards as they relate to construction and design. Coordination and communication between sub-contractors and managing conflicts are explored towards efficiency in both time and materials. Projects and exams are based on project precedents and case studies using established metrics and processes across the industry. (3 credits)
Semester 3 (Summer of Every year)
- *Analysis of Research in Construction: Analysis of research and evaluation of research reports. Emphasis on understanding the application of business research procedures including fundamental statistical methods in the solution of a construction industry relevant problem. (4 credits)
Semester 4 (Fall of odd years)
- *Construction Leadership & Marketing: Analysis of organizational leadership at the executive level. The goals of this course are to introduce and stimulate thought and discussion of leadership theories, characteristics and behaviors of successful leaders, contextual factors affecting leader effectiveness, dynamics of leader-follower relationships, communication, decision-making and contemporary challenges confronting organizational leaders as well as marketing theory, marketing vs. business development, the marketing process, and an introduction to a construction marketing dashboard. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
- *Academic Writing Seminar 2 (1 credit)
Selective Course (choose 1):
- Construction Management Training & Development: Identification, training, and development of future company leaders. Mentorship as a required, managerial activity, effective delegation of responsibility, and empowerment of subordinates to take initiative. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
- Energy Conserving Building Retrofit: This course introduces energy-related reconstruction of buildings with an emphasis on light commercial buildings. Retrofit topics include Basic thermodynamics, energy conserving technologies, Impact of site characteristics, Indoor air quality, Water conservation measures, measuring and benchmarking energy performance, cost/benefit Analysis, financing energy improvements, as well as building operation and management to reduce energy & water use. (3 credits)
Semester 5 (Spring of even years)
- *Law for Construction Managers: A study of the legal system and its impact on the construction process. The focus is on the legal obligations, rights and remedies pertaining to the construction company. Topics include bidding, contracts, and construction changes. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written department or instructor approval. Non-BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
Selective Course (choose 1):
- Preconstruction Project Management: Management and control of projects from authorization to start of construction. Project success factors, conceptual and parametric estimating, design planning and management constructability review techniques and value engineering methods. Real estate transactions. Land zoning, platting, development and pro forma calculations. BCM graduate students may register for this course without written departmental department or instructor approval. Non BCM students must obtain written department approval prior to registration. (3 credits)
- Special Topics in Sustainable Interior Design: A study of sustainable approaches to interior design practices and the built environment. Topics may include interior product or material innovations, daylighting, label and rating systems, human factors, acoustical and visual comfort, innovative energy or water conservation systems and fixtures, and other interior design specific strategies. (3 credits)
Semester 6 (Summer of every year)
- *Capstone Journal Paper: Advanced study of technical and professional topics. Emphasis is on new developments relating to technical, operational, and training aspects of industry and technology education. (3 credits)
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 past several years have generally completed the program in two to three years on average, at a cost of less than $30,000. Please note we do not list "total" cost as your cost is based on how many classes you take in a given term.
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
Through myPurdue -- The University's portal system where students can make payments online -- paying for your courses is a streamlined process. You also may take advantage of installment plans, or have your employer invoiced directly if your tuition is covered. There are a variety of financial assistance options available to help you cover the costs of attending. Some of these include Stafford loans, graduate PLUS loans, educational benefits for veterans, and private loans.
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.
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
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.
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Last updated January 17, 2018