Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Construction Management



Jacob P. Kovel (Chair, Manufacturing and Construction Management, Copernicus 2120920,; Graduate advisors: Raymond Perreault, Linda Reeder, Edward Sarisley (Dept. phone: 860-832-1830)



The Construction Management master's degree program provides students with the educational experiences that help create managers capable of developing and running construction and construction-related companies. In order to reach this objective, the program focuses on the skills required to understand and control daily business operations. All students will develop an understanding of company financial operations, construction law, risk management, and the different methods of project delivery. They will be able to apply this knowledge in the business environment. Additional topics will be personalized to meet each student's individual needs, whether in technical or managerial areas. The program stresses student and industry interaction, experiential learning, and industry-related research.



Master of Science in Construction Management


Program Rationale:

The mission of the master's program in construction management is to provide a program of advanced study designed to serve the technological and managerial needs of individuals pursuing a construction management career. The aim of graduate education is to provide students with the environment to develop knowledge and skills to make contributions to their disciplines and to the rapidly changing world. It is the program's objective to help develop Connecticut's construction work force at all levels.

Changes in the construction management profession are causing more construction professionals to consider the master's degree, rather than the bachelor's, as the terminal degree. Furthermore, an increasing number of professional organizations across the nation are beginning to view the master's degree as an entry-level professional degree for practicing managers. This is currently the prevalent situation for construction managers. Several construction management professional organizations, including the Construction Management Association of America, the Construction Financial Management Association, and the American Institute of Constructors, are espousing licensure programs that have advanced education requirements.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program will be expected to:

  • analyze a financial balance sheet for a construction company, understanding how each component impacts financial decisions made by the company;

  • analyze an annual income statement for a construction company and use it as a tool for projecting company trends;

  • perform a construction project risk assessment;

  • evaluate bond and insurance proposals for both construction companies and projects;

  • analyze a basic construction contract and be able to assess it against other contracts;

  • comprehend the various options available for dispute resolution in the construction industry;

  • understand the impacts of different project delivery systems on the construction process; and

  • conduct research on technology-based issues and prepare technical papers in support of that research.


Course and Capstone Requirements: 

The Construction Management Masters program is a 33-credit program consisting of 15 credits of common core (CM 505, CM 515, CM 545, CM 575, and TM 594), 15-18 credits of electives selected jointly by the student and advisor, and a three-credit Plan C (Applied Research) capstone (TM 595) or a zero-credit Plan B (Comprehensive Exam) capstone. Students without a formal construction management education will be required to take CM 500 (Fundamentals of Construction Management) as a prerequisite to admission into the program.

Elective courses are subject to the following constraints:

  • not more than 9 credits of non-construction management courses;

  • not more than 6 credits of courses at the 400 level unless specifically approved in writing by the departmental graduate studies committee; and

  • submission of an individual plan of study requiring faculty approval.


Selected elective courses

9 credits from the following:

CM 435 Construction Superintendency 3

CM 455 Construction Project Management 4

CM 500 Fundamentals of Construction Management

CM 525 Construction Equipment Operation and Management 3

CM 565 Construction Labor Relations 3

CM 596*  Topics in Construction Management 3

*Can use more than once for different topics


6-9 credits from the following:

ETC 405 Applied Structural Systems

ETC 476 Environmental Technology

ETC 550 Global Positioning Systems Application

ETC 556 Architectural and Civil Engineering Technology CAD

ETC 571 Design and Construction of Concrete Structures

ETC 573 Foundation Analysis and Design

ETC 574 Ground Improvement Techniques

ETC 575 Earth and Earth-Supported Structures

ETC 577 Engineering Technology Project Administration

ETC 578 Value Engineering for AEC

SET 590 Topics in International Field Studies

TM 502 Human Relations and Behavior in Complex Organizations

TM 521 Computer Aided Design and Drafting

TM 551 Project Management

TM 572 Innovative Leadership


Official Certificate Program in Construction Management

Participants must successfully complete the following courses (12 credits): CM 435, 500 or 505, 515, 575. Up to 12 credits may be applied to the MS in Construction Management (provided the six-year time limit for the master's is met).


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