Official Title of Certificate: Architecture and Interior Design - Construction Management Entrepreneurship, Certificate
Total Credit Hours: 35
About the Architecture and Interior Design Department
Purpose: This certificate is designed to prepare students to launch and operate their own construction venture or take a leadership role in an existing construction firm or related business. The construction industry is one of the four critical workforce areas identified by the Maryland Department of Labor. A certificate in construction management entrepreneurship provides you with the skills to start your own construction venture, work with others to identify business opportunities, join entrepreneurial ventures, or work for an established construction firm or related business. Construction Management Entrepreneurship students are often in demand by growth-oriented companies wanting to incorporate entrepreneurial vision and innovation in their construction related organizations and by companies seeking individuals who have the ability to solve problems creatively and improve productivity. Regardless of size, all businesses need managers who can identify opportunities, obtain resources, plan, organize, direct and control work to accomplish business objectives.
Topics covered during course work include: entrepreneurial thinking and opportunity recognition, developing a business plan, obtaining resources, managing finances, strategic planning, selecting managers and employees, organizing and designing the business, identifying and capitalizing on opportunities, managing technology, successfully dealing with managerial challenges and knowledge of the construction field. In addition, this program will provide students with essential skills and content in construction management, construction operations, construction materials and methods/building assemblies, construction document reading and interpretation, estimating, bidding, contract award/negotiation, construction contract administration, mobilization and procurement of construction resources, scheduling, risk management, project closeout and turnover. Students will learn to use this knowledge as it relates to operating a successful and profitable business.