The Master of Science degree in Executive Construction Management Program is an interdisciplinary 30-credit program designed for accomplished professionals in the design and construction industry who are ready to take their career to the next level. 

The program's enrollment is limited to 10 students a year in the Fall term. Courses are focused on active learning based on practical information from current industry practices and real-world examples.  Small classes taught by the leaders of major construction organizations,  The Program facilitates insightful discussion between high-caliber students and industry leaders, providing the student an unparalleled education based on practical knowledge anchored by the years of experience of our industry leaders and guest faculty.

Courses are offered in the late afternoons, evenings, and on weekends to meet the needs of working professionals. The program will focus on current issues and events in construction Management and address the needs of the industry by developing candidates for middle and upper management positions. 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, a student must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in engineering, architecture, environmental / physical sciences, environmental science and policy, business, management, economics, or construction management. Other admission requirements will be consistent with those of UM Graduate School; GRE / GMAT are not required.

Curriculum Requirements 

CMA 701Operating and Managing a Construction Organization3
CMA 702Professional Leadership Seminar1
CAE 765Construction Accounting and Finance3
CMA 734Prevention and Resolution of Contract Disputes2-3
or CAE 766 Forensic Engineering
CMA 801Executive Capstone Project4
MGT 620Managing Through People2
One of the following options:3-4
Case Studies in Risk Management
and Human Resource Management
Risk Management and Resilience
Global Awareness/Management:
Leading Across Cultures
High Performance Leadership
Negotiation Strategies
Sustainable Supply Chains
Leadership for Sustainable Organizations
International Management
Sustainable Marketing of Goods and Services
An Introduction to Resilient Building and Community Design
Advanced Topics in Construction Management
Contract Documents
Emerging Technologies in Design and Construction
Directed Studies
Special Topics in Construction
Special Topics in Construction
Advanced Productivity and Lean Construction
Quality Management and Performance
Construction Forensics
Advanced Planning and Scheduling
Statistical Quality Control and Quality Management
Management of Technological Innovation
Engineering Cost Management
Introduction to Real Estate Development and Urbanism
Financing Urban Real Estate Development
Real Estate Economics and Market Analysis
Complex Urban Real Estate Transactions
Capstone: Real Estate Development and Urbanism Charrette
Total Credit Hours30

Students are required to engage in Practical Experience while enrolled in the program. International Students in F-1 status are required to obtain authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) prior to engaging in any practical experience/training/internship off-campus. 

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Fall ICredit Hours
CMA 701 Operating and Managing a Construction Organization 3
CMA 702 Professional Leadership Seminar 1
MGT 620 Managing Through People 2
 Credit Hours6
Spring I
CMA 642 Emerging Technologies in Design and Construction (Elective) 2
CAE 765 Construction Accounting and Finance 3
CMA 724 Human Resource Management 1
 Credit Hours6
Summer I
CMA 720 Advanced Planning and Scheduling (Elective) 2
CMA 799 Capstone Research (Elective) 2
 Credit Hours4
Fall II
CMA 722 Case Studies in Risk Management 2
RED 601 Introduction to Real Estate Development and Urbanism (Elective) 3
ISE 612 Statistical Quality Control and Quality Management (Elective) 3
 Credit Hours8
Spring II
CMA 734 Prevention and Resolution of Contract Disputes 2
CMA 801 Executive Capstone Project 4
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30

 *Electives must be approved by the Program Director.


The mission of Executive Master of Construction Management is to provide experienced construction professionals, a highly specialized practical curriculum embodied with real-world experience and taught by industry leaders to augment their practical knowledge of the industry and assist in advancing their careers into upper leadership positions at their organizations.


  • To partner with the industry to develop the next generation of thought leaders ready to take on the challenges of the 21st-century workplace.

  • To provide future construction professionals with the knowledge and quantitative skills required to understand, organize and control construction projects from conception to closeout;
  • To expose participants to emerging technical skills and knowledge in architecture, engineering, construction, and cutting-edge technology in support of planning, analyzing, and solving construction problems;
  • To encourage our students, as future industry leaders, through the school's culture and resources to address the critical social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the construction industry; and
  • To encourage participants to make meaningful contributions to the shaping of the built environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will apply various management techniques and methods to efficiently and effectively plan and control construction projects.
  • Students will utilize and integrate emerging technologies and innovations in Construction Management practices.
  • Students will understand the value of and apply sustainable building practices to optimize the use of available resources.
  • Students will apply skills to manage creative teams and project processes effectively and efficiently.
  • Students will possess an understanding of the contributions made by design professionals to the construction processes, and can communicate and interact with design professionals within the multidisciplinary construction team.