Master Construction Management

The foundation of every building project and its key to success begins with efficient construction management. As a construction project manager, are tasked plan, direct, and manage personnel, construction activities, maintenance of facilities, and systems. This in-depth program will provide participants with the knowledge to lead quality outcomes by building a solid foundation for project success. This focused approach to project management will be placed on understanding factors that impact construction projects and their timely delivery, by introducing additional knowledge areas specific to the construction industry.

Special Bundle Pricing - Save 15% 

Students looking for an all inclusive option, have an opportunity to save 15% off  the Certificate in Construction Project Management tuition and fees. This one-time payment of $2,882 will include:

  • 5 Courses
  • Textbooks
  • Certificate and Transcript Fees

Who Should Attend

This continuing education program is intended for those planning and managing construction projects, including professionals such as:

  • Contractors & Subcontractors
  • Construction specialists, estimators, schedulers, cost engineers, project control analysts, and quantity surveyors
  • Risk management specialists, construction consultants and other industry trade professionals

Schedule and Fees

Required Core Courses
Schedule and Enrollment Links
Start Dates
Aug 25, 2020
4 weeks
Sep 29, 2020 
8 weeks
Jan 25, 2021
8 weeks
Mar 9, 2021
8 weeks
May 9, 2021
8 weeks
One Time Certificate Fee
Total Certificate  (5 Required Courses, Textbooks, Certificate and Transcript Fees)
*Schedule and Fees are subject to change.
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Program Details

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Construction Project Management. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 5 required courses (9 units)
  • Complete all coursework with a final grade of 'C' or better
  • Certificate Fee $45

The Project Management Institute's Job Growth and Talent Gap in Project Management report shows a widen skills gap for project management professionals at a global scale.

Nationally the projected growth for construction project managers is higher than average at ten percent, that is over 40,200 new job openings on an annual basis. The median project practitioner salary in the United States is $108,000.

  • Wages in the United States for project management-oriented professionals were higher on average than wages of non-project-oriented professionals by 82%

In California, the projected growth for construction project managers is growing steadily at 18%, with reported higher than average employment opportunities across the state. The rankings below are shown by region.

  • Ranked #1 At a location quotient of 1.38 Bakersfield and Metro Area
  • Ranked #2 At a location quotient of 1.37 North Valley - Northern Mountains Region of California Balance of State
  • Ranked #3 At a location quotient of 1.30 San Diego - Carlsbad and Metro Area

Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap Report // 2017-2027

Click on this link to view the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics and State-level projections.
  • Review tools, techniques, and methods for stakeholder governance, project life cycles, and social responsibilities Project Managers in the construction industry
  • Evaluate global advances in technology and society, and familiarize yourself with the opportunities and impacts of these things in Construction Project Management
  • Define Scope Management and call-out the common aspects of construction project management that create special scope challenges
  • Learn how to measure project performance utilizing Earned Value Management, Estimating, and Forecasting
  • Master Project Procurement Management processes and gain an in-depth understanding of how Contractors, Owners, Supply Chain, Seller Responses, Make or Buy Analysis and other influencers can be properly executed
  • Depict the HSSE considerations that could negatively impact your project and resources and realize how to adhere to requirements that will positively influence Cost of Safety, Cost of Environment, and Cost of Environment
  • Complete an in-depth review of Financial and Accounting Management and Systems in order to have the ability to conduct Analytical Techniques, Audis, create Reports, and provide the professional expertise necessary for Monitoring and Controlling project finances

This program is approved by the following third-party funding sources:

  • Professional Development Scholarships/Grants
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • ETPL

Students using third-party funding please contact Enrollment and Student Services, at continuinged@sandiego.eduor 619-260-4585 to begin the registration process. Please ensure to have your funding source details readily available.

What is Construction Project Management?

The Project Management Institute (PMI), defines project management as “the art of directing and coordinating human and material resources throughout the life of a project by using modern management techniques to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, cost, time, quality, and participating objectives.” This definition can be extended to construction, wherein a construction project manager uses the same model to achieve the same goal, only in a construction context.

Do courses need to be taken in sequence?


How long are courses?

PMP-X804F, Project Management Fundamentals is 4 weeks and each remaining course is 8 weeks in duration. Classes will meet once a week in the evening on- campus.

What textbooks are required?

Although most course materials are shared through the course Dropbox folder electronically, the following books are required for the program:

Will this program prepare me for the PMP Certification Exam?

No, students seeking to learn more about overall Project Management methodology are encouraged to take the Project Management Certificate program, which is intended to provide the practical project management skillsets. It is real-world based and led by practitioners, however, it is not a PMP exam prep, but an in-depth overview of PM methodology.

When should I pay for the certificate fee?

It is recommended to pay for your one-time certificate fee upon your first course. Students who have declared to pursue a certificate are eligible to receive exclusive PMI San Diego Chapter benefits.

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PCE and PMI-SD joined together to provide certificate track students with two benefits:

  1. Students receive Free Admittance to a PMI San Diego Chapter Event event per quarter, with the exception of the annual conference. Learn more about upcoming events here.
  2. Students will also receive a Free San Diego Chapter Membership valid for one year. Students must first register with Project Management Inc., Global, the cost to join PMI is $129 + a one-time $10 application fee.

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