Situational Background

The U.S. Census Bureau puts the total annual value of construction in the United States at approximately $900 billion (8% of the U.S. gross national product), making the construction industry one of the most important sectors of the nation’s economy.

The University of Miami’s MS in Construction Management program is a practice-oriented advanced graduate degree that offers a blend of construction and business management courses. This degree program is designed to develop leaders and managers for complex building projects, with mastery in best practices related to resiliency, sustainability, building information modeling, project delivery and decision-making. The University is uniquely situated in a booming metropolis where commercial and residential construction is a large and important industry.

The Construction Management Program

  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach with the participation of other graduate programs at the University of Miami.
  • Prepares graduates for a variety of employment opportunities. Potential employers include general contractors, real estate developers, sub-contractors, construction management firms and architectural engineering firms.

Objective

The MS in Construction Management provides a foundation for those who want to effectively lead a construction project or business. 

Who Is the MS Program For?

The program is open to both entry-level graduate students who want to pursue a career in construction management and professionals who have responsibilities in engineering, architecture, business and law fields, and want to further their knowledge and skills.

Industry Advisory Board

One of the differentiators of the MS program is that it is informed by an industrial advisory board with significant experience in construction management. The advisory board currently consists of:

  • Henry E. Adams, Kiewit Corporation
  • Rodney Barreto, Floridian Partners, LLC; Chairman - Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida
  • Scott Desharnais, Moss Construction
  • Kobi Karp, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design
  • Thomas Koulouris, AECOM / Jackson Health Systems
  • Ana Veiga Milton, President of Jose Milton Foundation
  • John L. Murphy, DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Ari Pearl, South Florida Developer
  • Jaime S. Saavedra, Turner Construction
  • Victor Sanchez, Goldman Properties

Description

Graduates of the program obtain the technical proficiency, financial knowledge, entrepreneurial skills, and business acumen needed for success in this continuously evolving industry.

Graduates of the program will learn how to integrate multiple professional requirements for bringing construction projects to successful completion, including estimating, cost control, risk, new technologies, project planning, scheduling, negotiation and labor relations.  Coursework also examines how to manage the various types of contractual relationships governing the owner, the contractor, subcontractors, consultants and architects, as well as the essential skills of bidding, negotiating, handling disputes and claims, devising and implementing strategic business plans, and leadership.

Through consultations with industry leaders, advisory board members, faculty members, and colleagues in the construction industry, the curriculum for the University of Miami’s MS-CM is continually evaluated against current best practices and the highest standards. Participants have immediate access to knowledge and skills that address current issues and developments in the industry.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
BUS 630Fundamentals Of Economics, Accounting And Finance4
CAE 661Computer Aided Architecture Engineering Design3
CAE 790Advanced Topics6
or IEN 763 Project Management Techniques
LAW 257Construction Law3
Choose one of the following:3
Building Technology I: Materials and Methods
Special Problems
Sustainable Construction
Track 1 Electives
Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Advanced Visual Representation
Construction Documents
Historic Preservation
Building Technology II: Structural Systems
Environmental Building Systems I
Environmental Building Systems II
Energy-Efficient Building Design
Statistical Quality Control and Quality Management
Management of Technological Innovation
Engineering Cost Management
Introduction to Real Estate Development and Urbanism
Urban infill, Preservation & Mixed Use Development
Global Awareness Elective
Choose 1 course from the following:2
Leading Across Cultures
High Performance Leadership
Negotiation Strategies
International Management
Total Credit Hours30

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
CAE 661 Computer Aided Architecture Engineering Design 3
CAE 790 or IEN 763 Advanced Topics
or Project Management Techniques
3
Choose one of the following: 3
Building Technology I: Materials and Methods  
Special Problems  
Sustainable Construction  
Choose 6 credits from the following: 6
Historic Preservation  
Environmental Building Systems I  
Environmental Building Systems II  
Statistical Quality Control and Quality Management  
Management of Technological Innovation  
Introduction to Real Estate Development and Urbanism  
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CAE 790 Advanced Topics 3
LAW 257 Construction Law 3
BUS 630 Fundamentals Of Economics, Accounting And Finance 4
Choose one of the following: 3
Advanced Visual Representation  
Construction Documents  
Building Technology II: Structural Systems  
Energy-Efficient Building Design  
Engineering Cost Management  
Urban infill, Preservation & Mixed Use Development  
Choose one of the following: 2
Leading Across Cultures  
High Performance Leadership  
Negotiation Strategies  
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours30