WPI’s Online MS in Construction Project Management program will prepare you to manage complex construction projects at every stage, from resource planning to risk mitigation and reporting.  Offered through WPI’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, this program is designed to meet the growing needs of professionals with practical knowledge and expertise in design/construction engineering processes, legal relations, and the organization and use of resources, including materials, labor, equipment and capital. 

Program Highlights

  • Curriculum combines courses in civil engineering, management science, business and economics, and system dynamics.

  • Highly customizable plans of study enable students to explore a wide range of topics including sustainable construction practices, fire protection, supply chain management, building information modeling, and systems thinking.

  • Students learn from and work closely with expert WPI faculty members who have practical experience in construction project management and continue to be serve as consultants to leading corporations.

WPI also offers an online graduate certificate in Construction Project Management.

This degree is also offered on campus.
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Courses

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

11 courses, 33 credit hours.  You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study selected from the courses below.

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • CE 580. Advanced Project Management
  • CE 584. Advanced Cost Estimating Procedures
  • CE 587. Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • FIN 500. Financial Information and Management

Breadth Courses (Choose at least 9 credits)

  • CE 501. Professional Practice
  • CE 583. Contracts and Law for Civil Engineers
  • CE 590N. Negotiations and Conflict Resolution in the Construction Industry
  • CE 590. Computer Based Simulation for the Management of Construction Firms
  • CE 590. Capital Facility Planning and Financing of Public & Private Partnerships

Elective Courses from Engineering, Science, Business and/or System Dynamics

  • OIE 541. Operations Risk Management
  • OIE 544. Supply Chain Analysis and Design
  • OIE 555. Lean Process Design
  • CE 572. Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes
  • OBC 500. Group and Interpersonal Dynamics in Complex Organizations
  • SD 558. Intro to Agent-Based Modeling
  • FPE 580D. Complex Decision Making
  • OIE 552. Modeling & Optimizing Processes
  • SD 550. System Dynamics Foundation: Managing Complexity

 

Course Schedule

FALL TERM

  • CE 580. Advanced Project Management
  • CE 587. Building Information Systems
  • FIN 500. Financial Information and Management

SPRING TERM

  • OBC 500. Group and Interpersonal Dynamics in Complex Orgs (10 weeks)
  • CE 584. Advanced Cost Estimating
  • FP 580. SP: Complex Decision Making

LATE SPRING TERM

  • SD 550. System Dynamic Foundations: Managing Complexity (10 weeks)

SUMMER TERM

BREADTH COURSES

  • CE 583. Contracts and Law for Civil Engineers
  • CE 590. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the Construction Industry
  • CE 590. Computer-Based Simulation for the Management of Construction Firms
  • CE 590. Capital Facility Planning & Funding of Public Private Partnerships

ELECTIVES

  • SD 550. System Dynamic Foundations: Managing Complexity

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Being able to apply what I was learning in the construction management courses to my work each day allowed me a better understanding of my studies and took my academic knowledge to the next level.
Sarah Rahkonen
General Contractor, Northern Construction Service

Program Outcomes

Depending on the student’s chosen plan of study, the MS in construction project management will prepare her/him to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Obtain a rich toolset of skills to effectively manage human and capital resources through all phases of the construction process, including preconstruction interface with the customer, project costing, organization, time scheduling, contracting risk mitigation and contract administration.
  2. Learn the challenges of working with customers and company staff, including delivery systems, legal issues, contracts liability, dispute resolution, loss prevention, proposal development, professionalism and ethics.
  3. Perform in-depth cost and schedule analyses that include unit estimates, costing databases, values engineering, productivity, cost control, etc, that provide guidance for price bidding, negotiations and claims management.
  4. Develop a robust understanding of the importance and intricacy of local ordinances, laws and customs that impact a major project. This includes building codes, bylaws, zoning ordinances and labor laws. Learn the legal responsibilities along with prudent communication tones and protocols with owners, abutters and city/town officials.
  5. Understand how the use of Building Information Modeling, as the latest construction management tool, improves efficiency, communication and fosters real time collaboration between owners, investors, architects, engineers, contractors and any other stakeholder involved in the project. The Building Information Model serves as the central repository and dashboard for graphic information, specifications, delivery data, responsible supplier, etc. on each element of the project. Issues or errors can be caught early with this visualization tool.
  6. Identify and mitigate project risk through robust analytical methodology. A broad set of applications are covered including supply chain quality assurance, fire protection, environmental impacts and information security.
  7. Apply Systems Thinking tools to better understand how the project is impacted by the larger physical, social and commercial ecosystem that surrounds it. Concepts include causal loops and feedback, system leverage points, delays and oscillations, assumptions, unintended consequences, emergent properties, patterns, self-organization and more.
  8. Develop awareness and understanding on how the modern constructed facilities are designed, built and operated under sustainable practices and lean processes.

Prerequisites

Students with bachelor’s degrees in areas such as architecture, management engineering, and civil engineering technology are normally accepted to this program. Professional exposure to design and construction activities is highly desired. Additional requirements for international applicants as imposed by the department of civil and environmental engineering apply. Work history will be considered if you include a resume in your application.

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After Graduation

Graduates of WPI's MS in Construction Project Management program find employment opportunities working for construction management companies, developers, and property owners, or as consultants.

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