Construction Management

Major: Construction Management
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (BSCMGT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 186.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.2001
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9021

About the Program

Construction management is a dynamic profession that is a combination of art and science. While an understanding of the technical aspects of construction is extremely important, it is also essential that construction professionals have knowledge of the business and management aspects of the profession. While construction has traditionally been a very conservative industry, the increasing rate of technological development and competition in the industry serves to accelerate the development of new construction methods, equipment, materials, and management techniques. As a result of these forces, there is an increasing need for innovative and professionally competent construction professionals.

The Construction Management major prepares students for all phases of operation and management of the construction organization including cost estimating, project scheduling, and planning, in addition to technology courses, sustainability, BIM and Virtual Design and Construction. Students are able to choose from a wide range of subjects in the social sciences and humanities to satisfy electives in the liberal arts and free elective requirements. Pursuing part-time, degree completion on average takes six years.

Students in Drexel's Construction Management program receive broad academic, technical, business, and construction management courses that are designed to produce well-rounded construction professionals. Students interested in extending their construction management studies into real estate development should consider the concentration in real estate. This concentration in real estate is designed for students to attain the knowledge and skills required to create and maintain built environments for living, working and entertainment purposes, as well as to explore issues in the real estate development process and the industry as a whole.

Program Delivery Options

Program delivery options for the Construction Management program include:

  • A traditional 5-year with co-op
  • 4-year with one co-op
  • A part-time study option

Additional Information

For additional information, visit the Construction Management website or contact:

Jessica Cruz
215.895.5943
jc635@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

English/Communication
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Mathematics
MATH 110Precalculus3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
Science
GEO 101Physical Geology4.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
One Physical Science Elective3.0
Business
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
One Business Elective4.0
Humanities and Social Science
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
Three Humanities and Social Science Electives9.0
Engineering Core
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
Professional Core - Construction Science
CMGT 161Building Materials and Construction Methods I3.0
CMGT 162Building Materials and Construction Methods II3.0
CMGT 163Building Materials and Construction Methods III3.0
CMGT 251Construction Surveying3.0
CMGT 265Information Technologies in Construction3.0
CMGT 266Building Systems I3.0
CMGT 267Building Systems II3.0
CMGT 270Principles of Statics for Construction Management 3.0
CMGT 365Soil Mechanics in Construction4.0
CMGT 371Structural Aspects in Construction I3.0
CMGT 372Structural Aspects in Construction II3.0
Professional Core - Construction
CMGT 101Introduction to Construction Management3.0
CMGT 240 [WI] Economic Planning for Construction3.0
CMGT 261Construction Safety3.0
CMGT 263Understanding Construction Drawings3.0
CMGT 355Introduction to Sustainability in Construction3.0
CMGT 361Contracts And Specifications I3.0
CMGT 362Contracts and Specifications II3.0
CMGT 363Estimating I3.0
CMGT 364Estimating II3.0
CMGT 375Building Information Modeling in Construction3.0
CMGT 450Management of Field Operations3.0
CMGT 461Construction Project & Company Management3.0
CMGT 463Value Engineering3.0
CMGT 467Techniques of Project Control4.0
Professional Core - Professional Techniques
CMGT 385 [WI] Selling and Negotiation Techniques in Construction3.0
CMGT 485Habits of Successful Design and Build Construction3.0
CMGT 486Leading in the Construction Industry 3.0
Construction Electives
Select three of the following:9.0
Building Codes
Heavy Construction Principles & Practices
Real Estate
Construction Seminar: Contemporary Issues
Productivity in Construction
Independent Study in CMGT
Other Approved CMGT Elective *
Construction Capstone
CMGT 491Senior Capstone I3.0
CMGT 492Senior Capstone II3.0
CMGT 493Senior Capstone III3.0
University Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV G101The Drexel Experience1.0
Free Electives 9.0
Total Credits187.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, one co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 1613.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1104.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CMGT 1013.0CMGT 1633.0 
ENGR 1113.0CMGT 1623.0CMGT 2633.0 
MATH 1103.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV E1011.0MATH 1214.0ENGR 1133.0 
 PHYS 1513.0  
 13 17 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 2513.0CMGT 2403.0CMGT 2663.0CMGT 2653.0
CMGT 2613.0CMGT 2703.0CMGT 3633.0CMGT 2673.0
ECON 2014.0COM 2303.0CMGT 3713.0CMGT 3643.0
GEO 1014.0ECON 2024.0COOP 101*1.0CMGT 3723.0
Free elective3.0Physical Science elective3.0PHIL 3153.0CMGT 3853.0
  STAT 2014.0 
 17 16 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 3553.0CMGT 3623.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 3613.0CMGT 3654.0  
CMGT 3753.0CMGT 4853.0  
FIN 3014.0Business elective4.0  
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0Construction Management elective3.0  
 16 17 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CMGT 4633.0CMGT 4503.0CMGT 4933.0 
CMGT 4674.0CMGT 4613.0Construction Management elective3.0 
CMGT 4913.0CMGT 4863.0Free electives6.0 
Construction Management elective3.0CMGT 4923.0  
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0  
 16 15 12 
Total Credits 187

5 year, 3 co-op 

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 1613.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1104.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CMGT 1013.0CMGT 1633.0 
ENGR 1113.0CMGT 1623.0CMGT 2633.0 
MATH 1103.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0COOP 101*1.0 
UNIV E1011.0MATH 1214.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
 PHYS 1513.0ENGR 1133.0 
 13 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 2513.0CMGT 2403.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 2613.0CMGT 2703.0  
ECON 2014.0COM 2303.0  
GEO 1014.0ECON 2024.0  
Free elective3.0Physical Science elective3.0  
 17 16 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 2663.0CMGT 2653.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 3633.0CMGT 2673.0  
CMGT 3713.0CMGT 3643.0  
PHIL 3153.0CMGT 3723.0  
STAT 2014.0CMGT 3853.0  
 16 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 3553.0CMGT 3623.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 3613.0CMGT 3654.0  
CMGT 3753.0CMGT 4853.0  
FIN 3014.0Business elective4.0  
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0Construction Management elective3.0  
 16 17 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CMGT 4633.0CMGT 4503.0CMGT 4933.0 
CMGT 4674.0CMGT 4613.0Construction Management elective3.0 
CMGT 4913.0CMGT 4863.0Free electives6.0 
Construction Management elective3.0CMGT 4923.0  
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0  
 16 15 12 
Total Credits 187

Real Estate Concentration

The concentration in real estate provides students with training in issues such as project finance, real estate as investment, design and construction, operations, development law, environmental remediation, public policy, market analysis, and architecture. For this specialization, students take the same Construction Management (CMGT) core requirements, replacing some electives with the concentration-specific courses.

Program Requirements

English/Communication
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Mathematics
MATH 110Precalculus3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
Science
GEO 101Physical Geology4.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
One Physical Science Elective 3.0
Business
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
One Business Elective4.0
Humanities and Social Science
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
Two Humanities and Social Science Electives6.0
Engineering Core
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
Professional Core - Construction Science
CMGT 161Building Materials and Construction Methods I3.0
CMGT 162Building Materials and Construction Methods II3.0
CMGT 163Building Materials and Construction Methods III3.0
CMGT 251Construction Surveying3.0
CMGT 265Information Technologies in Construction3.0
CMGT 266Building Systems I3.0
CMGT 267Building Systems II3.0
CMGT 270Principles of Statics for Construction Management 3.0
CMGT 365Soil Mechanics in Construction4.0
CMGT 371Structural Aspects in Construction I3.0
CMGT 372Structural Aspects in Construction II3.0
Professional Core - Construction
CMGT 101Introduction to Construction Management3.0
CMGT 240 [WI] Economic Planning for Construction3.0
CMGT 261Construction Safety3.0
CMGT 263Understanding Construction Drawings3.0
CMGT 355Introduction to Sustainability in Construction3.0
CMGT 361Contracts And Specifications I3.0
CMGT 362Contracts and Specifications II3.0
CMGT 363Estimating I3.0
CMGT 364Estimating II3.0
CMGT 375Building Information Modeling in Construction3.0
CMGT 450Management of Field Operations3.0
CMGT 461Construction Project & Company Management3.0
CMGT 463Value Engineering3.0
CMGT 467Techniques of Project Control4.0
Professional Core - Professional Techniques
CMGT 385 [WI] Selling and Negotiation Techniques in Construction3.0
CMGT 485Habits of Successful Design and Build Construction3.0
CMGT 486Leading in the Construction Industry 3.0
Construction Capstone
CMGT 491Senior Capstone I3.0
CMGT 492Senior Capstone II3.0
CMGT 493Senior Capstone III3.0
Concentration in Real Estate
ARCH 432The Development Process3.0
CMGT 468Real Estate3.0
REAL 310Introduction to Real Estate3.0
REAL 320Real Estate Law - Principle & Practice3.0
REAL 330Facilities Management3.0
REAL 470Real Estate Investments - Market & Feasibility Analysis3.0
University Requirements
Free Electives 3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Total Credits187.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 1013.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1104.0VACATION
CMGT 1613.0CMGT 1623.0CMGT 1633.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CMGT 2633.0 
ENGR 1113.0MATH 1214.0COOP 101*1.0 
MATH 1103.0PHYS 1513.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV E1011.0 ENGR 1133.0 
 16 14 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 2513.0CMGT 2403.0CMGT 2663.0CMGT 2653.0
CMGT 2613.0CMGT 2703.0CMGT 3633.0CMGT 2673.0
ECON 2014.0COM 2303.0CMGT 3713.0CMGT 3643.0
GEO 1014.0ECON 2024.0PHIL 3153.0CMGT 3723.0
REAL 3103.0Physical Science elective3.0STAT 2014.0CMGT 3853.0
 17 16 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 3553.0CMGT 3623.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 3613.0CMGT 3654.0  
CMGT 3753.0CMGT 4853.0  
FIN 3014.0REAL 3303.0  
REAL 3203.0Business elective4.0  
 16 17 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ARCH 4323.0CMGT 4503.0CMGT 4933.0 
CMGT 4633.0CMGT 4613.0REAL 4703.0 
CMGT 4674.0CMGT 4683.0Free elective3.0 
CMGT 4913.0CMGT 4863.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0 
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0CMGT 4923.0  
 16 15 12 
Total Credits 187

5 year, 3 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 1013.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1104.0VACATION
CMGT 1613.0CMGT 1623.0CMGT 1633.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CMGT 2633.0 
ENGR 1113.0MATH 1214.0COOP 101*1.0 
MATH 1103.0PHYS 1513.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV E1011.0 ENGR 1133.0 
 16 14 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 2513.0CMGT 2403.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 2613.0CMGT 2703.0  
ECON 2014.0COM 2303.0  
GEO 1014.0ECON 2024.0  
REAL 3103.0Physical Science elective3.0  
 17 16 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 2663.0CMGT 2653.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 3633.0CMGT 2673.0  
CMGT 3713.0CMGT 3643.0  
PHIL 3153.0CMGT 3723.0  
STAT 2014.0CMGT 3853.0  
 16 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CMGT 3553.0CMGT 3623.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CMGT 3613.0CMGT 3654.0  
CMGT 3753.0CMGT 4853.0  
FIN 3014.0REAL 3303.0  
REAL 3203.0Business elective4.0  
 16 17 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ARCH 4323.0CMGT 4503.0CMGT 4933.0 
CMGT 4633.0CMGT 4613.0REAL 4703.0 
CMGT 4674.0CMGT 4683.0Free elective3.0 
CMGT 4913.0CMGT 4863.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0 
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0CMGT 4923.0  
 16 15 12 
Total Credits 187

Career Opportunities

The graduates of the construction management program have secured positions as project managers, estimators, schedulers, and field superintendents for general contractors, subcontractors, and construction managers. Many are employed as owner representatives working for architectural firms, consulting engineering firms, commercial companies and institutions that have needs for building or other construction projects. Some have risen to executive positions within companies while others own their own firms. Graduates have also returned to the program after obtaining positions in the field to teach and share expertise.

The College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management as well as a Certificate Program in Construction Management. Depending on student goals, each option provides a strong educational foundation for successful performance and/or entrance into the construction industry.

Employers

Some of the companies that have hired Drexel students as co-op or full-time employees:

  • Gilbane Building Company
  • L.F. Driscoll Construction Company
  • Allan Myers
  • Pennoni Associates
  • Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Intech Construction Managers
  • Urban Engineers, Inc.

Potential Careers

Construction Manager: Coordinates a venture from its initial development through final construction. Develops a schedule and ensures the project is completed on time and within budget. Obtains necessary licenses and permits and oversees the progress of the project.

Cost Estimator: Prepares information about costs that are necessary for a business to bid on a contract or to determine the profitability of a proposed product. Assembles information about factors that can influence costs such as materials, labor, location, and special machinery requirements, including computer hardware and software.

Project Manager: Develops requirements, budgets, and timetables for a firm’s construction plans to ensure that the projects are successful. Determines the tasks to complete, assigns responsibilities to team members, and sees the project through from conception to completion.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more information on career opportunities.

Construction Management Faculty

Jeffrey Beard, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Associate Clinical Professor. Project and Program Management; Entrepreneurship in design and construction; Integrated project delivery systems; History of engineering and construction; Sustainable design and construction.
Douglas Carney, MBA, AIA (Eastern University). Clinical Professor. Architecture; Contract management; Master planning; Site analysis; Feasibility and zoning issues; Space needs and program development; Code analysis and compliance studies; project scheduling.
Johanna Casale, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Engineering education, first year design, structural aspects of construction.
Charles Cook, PhD (New York University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Construction management; project management; leadership and teambuilding; oral and written communication.
Christine M. Fiori, PhD (Drexel University) Program Director. Clinical Professor. Improving the delivery of safety education in construction curriculum; Ancient construction techniques; Design and construction in developing countries; Leadership in construction; Workforce development
Kathleen M. Short, PhD (Virginia Tech). Assistant Teaching Professor. Workforce development and women in construction; transformative safety leadership; construction education.
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