New Master’s Program in Construction Management
February 21, 2011 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
With cities expanding across the globe, both vertically and horizontally, the engineers of tomorrow are clamoring for their chance to fill the positions that will oversee the next big construction project. The University of Texas at El Paso is doing its part to train the future leaders in engineering through a new master's degree in construction management (MSCM).
The State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the program in UTEP's Department of Civil Engineering. It was designed to provide the specialized training and skills required to manage complex construction projects.
"The M.S. in construction management is the college's next step in our plan to offer a full range of professional master's programs linked to local and national need," said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering. "Graduates of this program will fill a great need for construction managers coinciding with the growth of Fort Bliss and El Paso, and will also significantly contribute to the great national need for bilingual construction managers across the U.S."
The program builds upon an existing certificate program in construction management that has been growing rapidly in its first three years, said Austin Marshall, J.D., director of the new degree program and clinical professor of civil engineering.
The degree will require participants to take 10 classes – 30 academic credit hours – with courses including project management, estimating, scheduling safety, construction methods, and an internship with a construction company. Three additional electives are chosen from College of Business Administration and College of Engineering courses.
An estimated 30 students will be enrolled in the program's inaugural semester, fall 2011. It is expected to grow to as many as 80 students in the next three years, Marshall said.
"Construction projects today are very complex and require very sophisticated management skills that are not part of most bachelor's degree programs," he said. "Managing the risk of money, time, safety and quality in construction requires very detailed documentation, using highly technical document control, sophisticated scheduling software systems, and safety and quality audits. Students in the MSCM program will … be trained to integrate quickly and effectively into beginning level jobs in construction management."
According to Marshall, the Construction Management Association of America reports that placement of construction management graduates has been at 100 percent and will stay high because the demand has built up over a number of years.
The program will be open to students with bachelor's degrees in civil engineering, architecture, business and other engineering disciplines.
For more information, contact Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 915-747-5765.
Originally posted on News @ UTEP.