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Master’s in Construction Management

Construction management professionals are responsible for the planning, coordination and budgeting of construction projects, ranging from residential to commercial structures, to roads and bridges, to industrial plants, to school and medical facilities.

Career Opportunities with this Degree

Typically offered as a Master of Science opportunity, the Master of Construction Management is crucial component toward advancing in a leadership capacity in the construction and development industry. Opportunities for career advancement with such a degree – especially one tied to a specific industry, in this case construction – are often predicated by how the industry is performing in relation to the national economy. Even despite a construction slowdown nationally, it is expected that opportunities for construction managers will increase by 17 percent over the ten-year-period leading up to 2018.

Jobs & Salaries with This Degree

Potential job opportunities for a master’s in construction management graduate include advancement as a building equipment contractor, non-residential business construction manager, residential construction manager, specialty trade contractor, or foundation, structure, and building exterior contractor. Median annual salaries for each range from $74,000 to $82,000; nonresidential building construction managers earn a median salary of $79,500 annually while the residential equivalent earns about $74,700 a year.

Requirements for Earning this Degree

While a bachelor’s degree in a related field – such as mathematics, business, engineering, etc. – is a standard requirement for nearly all construction management master’s degree programs, students, once admitted, may often pick a concentration. Concentrations offered include real estate development, sustainability and green construction, and construction project management. Core coursework offered includes the study of leadership in construction, construction accounting and financial management, construction control techniques, cost estimating and bidding strategies, and risk management in construction. Each concentration has its own coursework; for example, the real estate concentration includes coursework on community impact analysis and real estate finance.

Management Masters & MBA Degrees

Walden University
MS: Management
MS: HR Management
MS: Sustainable Mgmt
MS: Project Management
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Walden University: Walden University's MS in Management program offers many specializations which personalize the degree according to students' interests and professional needs. The MPA program in Public Management & Leadership focuses on information employees in the public sector most need to know to move up, whereas the MS in Accounting & Management and MS in Project Management programs combine specialized knowledge with sound leadership practices.
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Liberty University
MA: Mgmt & Leadership
MS: Management
MS: Sports Management
MBA: Intl. Management
MA: Human Services Mgmt
Liberty University: Liberty University's Master of Arts in Management and Leadership program, and the MS in Management, Sports Management, International Management, and Human Services Business Management programs all emphasize ethical management practices, and help improve students project development abilities, preparing them for career advancement. Graduates are able to go on to careers as business owners, finance managers, human resource managers, among other high level management positions.
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Kaplan University
MS: Management
MS/Mgmt: HR Management
MS/Mgmt: Leadership
MS/Mgmt: Org. Dev.
MS: Supply Chain Mgmt
Kaplan University: Kaplan University's MS in Management offers students the chance to specialize in subjects that specifically relate to their professional goals, like Supply Chain Management & Logistics, Organizational Design & Development, Leadership, and Human Resources. The program focuses on the most effective management strategies as well as the practical knowledge students need have every day on the job.
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Ashford University
MBA: Project Management
MBA: Environmental Mgmt
MBA: HR Management
MBA: Supply Chain Mgmt
MBA: Global Leadership
Ashford University: Ashford University's MBA programs are offered with a selection of more than a dozen specializations, including Project Management, Environmental Management, HR Management, Supply Chain Management, and Global Leadership. All MBA students learn to integrate sustainable business strategies and sound economic principles with knowledge of their specific industries. Ashford U is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Ave, Ste 100, Alameda, California 94501, (510) 748-9001, wascsenior.org.
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