Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM)

Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM)

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Program Overview

AUD’s Master of Science in Construction Management (M.S.C.M.) provides engineers, architects, and construction professionals with an opportunity to broaden their education portfolio and advance in their careers.

Through a well-balanced combination of theory and practice, students are able to combine their research-based graduate studies with first-hand practical experience, in the construction of infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, industrial, commercial, and residential facilities.

The curriculum provides a unique integration of global and regional perspectives, emphasizing the role of technology, technical communication, and research in the construction management profession.

With classes taught by world-class faculty holding doctoral degrees in engineering, business and law, the 30-credit hour program can be completed in one and a half years (full time) or two years (part time).  The curriculum encompasses a blend of technical and management courses, augmented by two thesis courses.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Construction Management (M.S.C.M.), graduates will be able to:

  • Advance their professional careers while staying current in the field of construction management and related disciplines;
  • Demonstrate social and ethical responsibility by adhering to the principles of sustainability, safety, and cultural diversity in the workplace
  • Articulate professional challenges, perspectives, and decisions through technical communication

Program Details

The Master of Science in Construction Management (M.S.C.M.) at AUD consists of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses. The program includes 24 credit hours of course work, as well as a 6-credit-hour master’s thesis in a research topic agreed upon with the graduate advisor. The curriculum’s emphasis on both coursework relevant to construction and on developing a record of publication through thesis work makes the program desirable for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies.

Curriculum offerings are structured around a set of four core construction engineering courses, combined with one course in Decision Management. Elective options include courses in areas such as Building Information Modeling, Sustainability in Design and Construction, Construction Safety Engineering, Lean Construction and Managerial Economics.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Construction Management (M.S.C.M.), students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge in the core areas of planning, scheduling, estimating, and construction equipment and methods
  • Differentiate between different project delivery methods and contract types, in relation to construction laws and regulations
  • Use decision analysis tools and computer applications to reach informed decisions in construction projects
  • Communicate technical information effectively in written, oral, and graphical formats
  • Explain the professional and ethical obligations governing the construction management profession
  • Demonstrate knowledge in current issues and modern trends in construction management research and practice.

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Equipped to perform and demonstrate a number of experiments that provide undergraduate students with the practical applications of fluid mechanics, facilities include:

  • Hydrostatic pressure apparatus to measure hydrostatic forces on submerged bodies;
  • Orifice and jet apparatus to allow students to compare between actual and jet trajectories, calculate the coefficient of discharge for various orifices, and identify different methods of flow measurement;
  • Fluid friction, bends and fitting apparatus to allow students to determine major and minor losses in pipes;
  • Pipe network apparatus to measure flow and pressure drops in a wide range of network configuration, e.g. individual pipes, series pipes and parallel pipes;
  • Flow visualization channel for conducting several applications in open channels such as hydraulic jump, discharge under sluice gate and energy equation;
  • Osborne Reynold’s apparatus facilitating the demonstration of laminar and turbulent flow.

Equipped with a range of testing instruments and bench-scale reactors designed to replicate the performance of various treatment units and assess indoor environmental quality in buildings, the laboratory includes:

  • Aerobic and anaerobic water and sewage treatment reactors;
  • Bench-Scale water treatment units, including sand filtration, ion exchange, sedimentation, flocculation;
  • Water quality assessment instruments, including respirometry tests, COD tests, dissolved oxygen measurement, and spectrophotometry analysis;  
  • Indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring equipment, as well as noise, light, airflow, and thermal conductivity monitoring instruments;

Equipped with testing apparatus chosen to demonstrate wide variety of experiments in materials engineering as well as structural theory, facilities include:

  • 150 kN Instron Universal Testing Machine;
  • 2000 kN Autocon concrete compressive strength machine;
  • Shmidt Hammer and ultrasonic kit for assessing the compressive strength of concrete;
  • Profometer that detects bar location and orientation, bar size, and concrete cover;
  • RAB Rockwell/Brinell hardness tester.

Occupies more than 200 square meters of lab space and houses multiple sets for soil classification and testing, including:

  • Casagrande and fall cone devices for liquid and plastic limits;
  • Sieve sets for particle size analysis;
  • Manual and automatic compaction devices;
  • Four panel stations available for constant head and falling head permeability testing;
  • Automated testing equipment including pneumatic consolidation apparatus, and direct shear apparatus;
  • Unconfined compression loading frames and triaxle cells for shear strength testing of soil specimens.


  • Circuits and Electronics Lab
  • Electromagnetics and Antenna Lab
  • Digital Systems and Microprocessors Lab
  • Communications Systems Lab
  • Electric Power Systems Lab
  • Robotics Lab
  • Senior Design Lab
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation Lab

Dedicated general purpose computer labs, each equipped with:

  • 25-30 PCs and projector;
  • High-speed internet network;
  • Software includes MATLAB, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, MathCAD, Primavera, Etabs, SAP, Pspice.


All applying students must have:

  • An undergraduate degree in Engineering, Architecture, or a closely related discipline, from an accredited national or regional institutional body, achieving a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better in undergraduate study.
  • Candidates who have a minimum of three years of work experience will be given preference for admission. However, the nature, scope, length, breadth, variety and significance of the work experience will also be considered in the preference ranking of candidates.
  • For students whom do not have a background in Engineering, Architecture or a closely-related discipline, undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated to determine whether undergraduate prerequisite courses or a placement examination is required.
  • Students must achieve an academic IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL® score of (550 ITP [Paper-based]) or (79 IBT), or 1400 on EmSAT English

Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details at


Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, Program Director of the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM), Professor of Civil Engineering
Peiman Kianmehr
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ahmed Badr Mabrouk
Senior Consultant
Mohamad Nagi
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Mohammed Zaki
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ryan Doczy
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Timur Ibrahim Mauga
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Farzad Ghodoosi


Laboratory Engineer - Civil Engineering Department
Loreto Araojo
Computer & Electrical Engineering Lab Coordinator
Sherine Amer
Flavio Faustini, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

I moved from Italy to attend The American University in Dubai and pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. It was difficult for me to leave behind my friends, family and the surroundings in which I felt safe and comfortable.

Shurooque Baloch - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

Being an engineering student at AUD makes you unique - not because you have tough courses - but for having the E building as your home for four years.

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