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Construction Management Degree


The Civil Engineering Department at AUD launched a new graduate program, the Master of Science in Construction Management in Fall 2011. The University has been granted the go ahead from its local and US accreditors—the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation—to enroll the first batch of students in January 2012. The new Master's program has two options— thesis and non-thesis– which allow a broad range of students with interest in research and practice to focus on the option that best suits their career goals. A bachelor's degree in civil engineering, architecture, quantity surveying, or a related discipline is required for admission; however, holders of other undergraduate degrees with significant experience in construction will be admitted on a case-by-case basis, and will be required to take remedial courses as a condition for enrollment.

 

Supported by the AUD School of Engineering world-class facilities and resources, the M.S.C.M. program fills in a regional gap in graduate-level construction management education and research. The uniqueness of AUD's M.S.C.M. program lays in its well-defined and comprehensive approach in addressing construction management issues, in contrast to a broader and more general coverage of project management or engineering systems management. The program consists of a set of core courses covering discipline-specific topics such construction scheduling, estimating, equipment and methods, and addressing broader-context subjects including decision science, finance and accounting, and construction laws. A broad range of electives are offered in the areas of construction safety, computer modeling, sustainable engineering, and management of megaprojects among others. Two options, namely a capstone project or a research-based thesis, are available for students to choose from, depending on interests and future career goals.

 

As with other AUD degree programs, student diversity is a key element of the M.S.C.M. program. Prospective students include both UAE nationals and expatriates; engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, and construction professionals from other educational backgrounds; individuals who live permanently in the UAE; those who are here for an extended period, and those who come specifically to pursue graduate studies; professionals who wish to study on a part-time basis to enhance their portfolio, and full-time graduate students who wish to pursue doctoral studies later on. In order to ensure alignment of the program with international standards, the curriculum has been benchmarked against top curricula in the US, Canada, and Europe, and is consistent with the construction management standards of practice and body of knowledge, per the recommendations of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the American Council for Construction Education (ACEE), the Associated School of Construction (ASC), and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

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