Technology MS Construction Management

Program Purpose


The MS degree offered by Brigham Young University's School of Technology, with an emphasis in construction management (CM), is designed for students who are interested in deepening and broadening their knowledge of construction management beyond their undergraduate CM degree through a rigorous graduate program that includes research at the forefront of the discipline. The MS degree provides excellent preparation for professional practice and a solid foundation for those interested in continuing their graduate studies. Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the research interests of graduate faculty members in construction management.

Students enrolling in the CM master's program immediately following their undergraduate studies are strongly encouraged to fulfill a professional work experience (or internship) within the industry prior to entering the graduate program. Students are also encouraged to fulfill an internship as part of their graduate experience.

Curricular Structure

In addition to completing the core requirements for the MS in Technology, CM gradutes must complete the following required courses: CM 555, CM 600, CM 630, CM 640, and CM 650. Additionally, 6 approved credit hours must be completed.

Graduate Catalog

Learning Outcomes


Creativity and Analytical Thinking

Demonstrate creative and analytical thinking skills that provide a basis for technological problem solving within their area of emphasis.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly
Leadership, Teamwork, Management and Professionalism

Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of leadership, teamwork, management, and professionalism.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Effective Communication

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Impact of Technology

Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on society.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge
Ethical and Moral Standards

Demonstrate a pattern of living consistent with high ethical and moral standards.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Character
Research

Demonstrate ability to perform rigorous, original research

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning

Evidence of Learning


Assessment Tools

A valid assessment plan has been developed to address the assessment needs for the School of Technology graduate program. The intent of these internal assessment strategies is to continually enhance graduate education within the School of Technology.

Direct Measures

  1. The School Graduate Committee is responsible to evaluate theses on a two-year basis for content, validity, and overall contribution.
  2. Admissions standards are evaluated on a yearly basis to verify if they are continually consistent with the School's graduate study goals and intents.
  3. Completing students are required to experience an exit interview.

Indirect Measures

  1. Graduates are tracked and surveyed at two and five years out to evaluate credibility to their graduate study experience.
  2. Incoming graduate students are evaluated yearly to understand the demographics of entering students and the validity of our program as it appears to the professional world.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The School of Technology continually monitors the achievement of the degree objectives and learning outcomes for each of the tracks in the MS Technology graduate program, and makes appropriate changes each year. The School of Technology graduate committee meets regularly to discuss graduate program issues, propose changes, and improve student learning. Changes approved in these meetings are implemented through the normal academic processes, as soon as the next cycle of changes permits. The following formal mechanisms are currently in place for evaluating and improving student learning at the graduate level:

 

  1. Institutional reviews of graduate program.

 

  2. Yearly faculty stewardship interviews with department chair.

 

  3. Student feedback from course evaluations.

 

  4. Department advisory board recommendations and feedback.

 

  5. Yearly department retreat.