Construction Management

Major: Construction Management
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (BSCMGT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 184.5
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. 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
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
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 Statistics (One Business Elective)4.0
One Business Elective4.0
Humanities and Social Science
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
Three Humanities and Social Science Electives9.0
Engineering Core
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
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 385Selling 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
UNIV G101The Drexel Experience1.0
Free Electives 9.0
Total Credits186.0
*

Students may choose another construction elective but the permission of the Program is required.

 

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

Term 1Credits
CMGT 101Introduction to Construction Management3.0
CMGT 161Building Materials and Construction Methods I3.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 110Precalculus3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
CMGT 162Building Materials and Construction Methods II3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
CMGT 163Building Materials and Construction Methods III3.0
CMGT 263Understanding Construction Drawings3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
CMGT 261Construction Safety3.0
CMGT 251Construction Surveying3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
GEO 101Physical Geology4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
CMGT 240 [WI] Economic Planning for Construction3.0
CMGT 270Principles of Statics for Construction Management 3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
Physical Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
CMGT 266Building Systems I3.0
CMGT 363Estimating I3.0
CMGT 371Structural Aspects in Construction I3.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
CMGT 265Information Technologies in Construction3.0
CMGT 267Building Systems II3.0
CMGT 364Estimating II3.0
CMGT 372Structural Aspects in Construction II3.0
CMGT 385Selling and Negotiation Techniques in Construction3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
CMGT 355Introduction to Sustainability in Construction3.0
CMGT 361Contracts And Specifications I3.0
CMGT 375Building Information Modeling in Construction3.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
Humanities/Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
CMGT 362Contracts and Specifications II3.0
CMGT 365Soil Mechanics in Construction4.0
CMGT 485Habits of Successful Design and Build Construction3.0
Business elective4.0
Construction Management elective*3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
CMGT 463Value Engineering3.0
CMGT 467Techniques of Project Control4.0
CMGT 491Senior Capstone I3.0
Construction Management elective*3.0
Humanities/Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
CMGT 450Management of Field Operations3.0
CMGT 461Construction Project & Company Management3.0
CMGT 486Leading in the Construction Industry 3.0
CMGT 492Senior Capstone II3.0
Humanities/Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
CMGT 493Senior Capstone III3.0
Construction Management elective*3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 186.0
*

 See degree requirements.

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.

English/Communication
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 330Professional Presentations3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Mathematics
MATH 110Precalculus3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
Science
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 113General Chemistry I Laboratory1.5
GEO 101Physical Geology4.0
PHYS 182Applied Physics I3.0
Business
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
HRMT 323Principles of Human Resource Administration4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Humanities and Social Science
PHIL 301Business Ethics3.0
Three Humanities and Social Science Electives9.0
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 263Understanding Construction Drawings3.0
CMGT 266Building Systems I3.0
CMGT 267Building Systems II3.0
CMGT 365Soil Mechanics in Construction4.0
CMGT 371Structural Aspects in Construction I3.0
CMGT 372Structural Aspects in Construction II3.0
Professional Core - Construction
CMGT 240 [WI] Economic Planning for Construction3.0
CMGT 101Introduction to Construction Management3.0
CMGT 261Construction Safety3.0
CMGT 262Building Codes3.0
CMGT 361Contracts And Specifications I3.0
CMGT 362Contracts and Specifications II3.0
CMGT 363Estimating I3.0
CMGT 364Estimating II3.0
CMGT 450Management of Field Operations3.0
CMGT 461Construction Project & Company Management3.0
CMGT 463Value Engineering3.0
CMGT 467Techniques of Project Control4.0
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 9.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Total Credits184.5

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.

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.

Minor in Construction Management

Students in civil engineering, architectural engineering and architecture may select to pursue construction management as a minor area of study. Because construction is inherently related to design in these disciplines, the construction management minor can be a natural extension of each field of study. 

The requirements for the minor include:

  • Completion of a minimum of 24.0 credits.
  • Courses used to fulfill general education requirements may not be counted toward an academic minor.
  • Up to nine credits earned within the student's major may be counted toward the minor with minor department approval.
  • Prerequisite courses may be counted toward the minor if recommended by the minor department.
Required Courses
CMGT 161Building Materials and Construction Methods I3.0
CMGT 162Building Materials and Construction Methods II3.0
CMGT 361Contracts And Specifications I3.0
CMGT 362Contracts and Specifications II3.0
CMGT 363Estimating I3.0
CMGT 467Techniques of Project Control4.0
Select two of the following: *6.0
Construction Safety
Understanding Construction Drawings
Estimating II
Selling and Negotiation Techniques in Construction
Construction Project & Company Management
Value Engineering
*

Choice of electives must be approved by the department based on the student's major field and prior experience.

Certain courses within the student's major may also be used to meet the minor requirements. These include:

ARCH 261Environmental Systems I3.0
ARCH 262Environmental Systems II3.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
ARCH 161Architectural Construction *3.0
Total Credits12.0
*

ARCH 161 can be substituted for CMGT 161 for Architects. An elective may be substituted for CMGT 162.


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.

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.
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
Kenneth S. Sands, PhD (Virginia Tech). Assistant Clinical Professor. Workforce development and lifelong learning; ethics and construction education; transformative safety leadership for construction education; sustainable facilities and infrastructure.
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