MS in Construction Management

College

  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Architecture & the Built Environment

Degree Earned

Master of Science

Program Type

  • On Campus
  • Online

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Program Mission

The Master of Science degree in Construction Management, a STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage each phase of the construction process as applied to complex commercial, infrastructure and residential building projects. The mission of the program is to provide students with a broad practice–oriented understanding of construction technology, business, architecture, and engineering, with specific emphasis on the management of the construction process from project inception to close-out. Courses within the program are designed to prepare graduates to excel in leadership positions, with a focus on building quality projects, safely, on time, within budget, and to customer expectations.

The MCM Experience

The MS in Construction Management, offered on-campus and on-line, is a first professional degree with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to construction education with an unparalleled focus on sustainability. The need for construction managers is projected to increase dramatically, and students who pursue a MS in Construction Management at Jefferson learn collaborative, innovative problem-solving techniques from experienced industry professionals. Graduates possess a balance of various skills that translate from the job site to the office, giving them an exceptional advantage to secure leadership roles in the growing field of construction management.

Benefits of the program include enhanced professionalism with a global perspective, expertise and training in the principles of sustainability. Our faculty and our curriculum are sensitive to the ethical dimension of the business, and we understand that, by necessity, the guidelines of sustainable construction practices are always changing. Our Professors are comprised of experienced full-time faculty and practicing professionals with diverse backgrounds in construction management, general contracting, and architecture. The program is further enriched by its membership in Sigma Lambda Chi, an international construction honor society – connecting Jefferson to a network of 19,000 members.

Our graduates are prepared to take on the exciting challenges of the built environment and shape the future of social, economic and environmental sustainability. A key component to the program is the integration of techniques, materials and methods of sustainable building into the construction process. Students are exposed to hands-on experience of construction means and methods in various courses. Projects ranging from 10,000SF to 100,000 SF are used actively in courses to practice construction management applications in commercial, infrastructure and residential building projects. The curriculum includes the unique Masters’ Project course, where students demonstrate their skills in the preparation of a complete bid package and construction plan of an actual construction project. The Project Manual is composed of a detailed estimate, schedule, cash flow, quality, safety, environmental and risk management plans, means and methods, site logistics plans, a Revit model, and a LEED Proposal. The project is then presented to jurors composed of Jefferson faculty and outside evaluators such as Industry Advisor Board Members. Strong integration with the construction management community in Philadelphia and the tri-state area provides students and graduates valuable opportunities for internships, and job placement.

The designated MCM curriculum teaches core values and aspects of the construction industry in a way that can be observed from various knowledge levels. Hands-on activities allow students to learn and excel in construction-related activities and software applications. Classes are offered in an on campus (day and evening), hybrid, and/or online version to allow students to have the flexibility of planning their schedules and continuing to work in their jobs.