If your career path is headed in the direction of a construction project manager, you need more than technical expertise on the job site. You need advanced skills in planning and scheduling and mastery of the technology that will help you manage them. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is an excellent time to invest in your career as a construction project manager. Employment in the field, in the U.S Economy, is expected to grow by 8% through 2029, much faster than the average of all other occupations. The Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Management will prepare you to manage schedules, budgets, risks, regulations, and personnel in an expanding construction industry involved in building the world’s new residences, office buildings, and hospitals, as well as retrofitting existing spaces, and overseeing infrastructure megaprojects.


This diploma is designed for professionals working in the construction industry who are interested in pursuing a more advanced management role. It will be particularly instructive for mid-career to senior construction professionals, project managers, engineers, and architects, especially those working in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, and transport industries. It is also designed for students interested in the field as well as professionals interested in learning more about the field.

Here are roles well suited to this certification diploma:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Project Planner
  • Construction Engineer
  • Scheduler
  • Construction Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Lead Engineer
  • Senior Site Engineer
  • Operations Manager
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Project Administrator
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Developer
  • Designers
  • Project Engineer
  • Real Estate Developers and Investors

Emeritus and Columbia Engineering Executive Education

Columbia Engineering Executive Education is collaborating with online education provider Emeritus Institute of Management (Emeritus) to offer executive education courses.

An Emeritus Postgraduate Diploma contains multiple Emeritus Certificate courses created in collaboration with Columbia Engineering Executive Education, and may also include courses created independently by Emeritus. Upon successful completion, learners will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma by Emeritus.

You can read more about the collaboration here.


    Take the first step to a Global Education

    • Starts on

      December 15, 2020

    • Duration

      9 Months, Online

      (4-6 hours per week)
    • Program Fees

      US$ 3,000*

    Curriculum & Faculty


    • Construction Industry Overview
    • Project Delivery
    • Lean Project Delivery
    • Sustainability in the Construction Industry
    • Environment, Health, and Safety in Construction
    • Building Information Modeling and Technology Trends in Construction
    • International View on Construction Projects
    • ESPIRIT: A Framework for understanding Risk
    • Role of Construction Manager
    • Project Planning and Work Breakdown Structure
    • Bar (Gantt) Charts
    • Types of Construction Activity
    • Scheduling Procedure
    • Critical Path Method
    • Understanding Work Dates and Calendar Dates
    • Activity on Arrow
    • Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and Range Estimation
    • Role of Scheduler in Construction Management
    • Linear Construction Operations and Line of Balance
    • Technology Application for Scheduling
    • Scheduling for Large Programs
    • Risk Allocation and Planning
    • Introduction to Cost Estimating and Cost Control
    • Understanding Design in the Construction Industry
    • Types of Cost Estimates
    • Quantity Take-Off and Measurement
    • Pricing: Labor and Equipment Costs
    • Building the Estimate
    • General Procurement Bid Stages
    • Post Contract and Cost Estimation within a Project
    • Construction Cost Control Methods
    • Earned Value Method (EVM)
    • Close Out Period: Punch List and Final Approval
    • Cost Estimation in Practice
    • Project Cash Flow
    • Technology Trends in Cost Estimating and Cost Control
    • Introduction to Construction Finance
    • Mathematics of Money
    • Real Estate Finance for Development Projects
    • Financial Plans for Development Projects
    • Time Value Review and DCF Evaluation Methods
    • Project Finance
    • Risk in Project Finance
    • Public – Private Partnerships
    • Lean in Construction Financing

    Industry Examples

    Second Avenue Subway

    Second Avenue Subway

      The Second Avenue Subway was a project that started on the east side of Manhattan. It was one of the very few improvements to the New York City subway system in the last tens of years.

    601 Lexington Avenue

    601 Lexington Avenue

      It currently stands today in Midtown Manhattan. It is a proud 59 stories tall. The structural engineer on the project was William LeMessurier.

    Limbach's Implementation of BIM Using LMPS (802)

    Limbach’s Implementation of BIM Using LMPS (802)

      5D estimating software has multiple different avenues for input. You can take the data directly out of the 5D estimating software and put it in the system of your choice to utilize both operationally and cost-wise.

    Apex Feasibility Study report

    Apex Feasibility Study report

      It is a quick/dirty check to see if project works on no-time-value, fully-financed-by-equity basis. It is usually first step in project design. Financed-by-equity assumption is conservative. It enables quick rejection (NoGo) of hopeless projects.

    Crossroads Advisory

    Crossroads Advisory

      Accounting company for small businesses contributes to the diploma content related to the Estimate to Completion or EAC lifecycle.



      Architectural, engineering, planning, environmental, and construction management provider contributes to the diploma content related to defining the role of a construction manager, and BIM.



      Architecture, engineering, and construction firm contributes to the diploma insights into construction bonds.

    McKinsey & Co.

    McKinsey & Co.

      Public and private sector consulting firm contributes to the diploma content related to capital projects and infrastructure.



      Global law firm contributes to the diploma features of construction contracts.



      Project development and construction group contributes to the diploma best practices on EHS, as well as sustainability.

    Strategic Program Management LLC

    Strategic Program Management LLC

      Large capital construction company contributes to the diploma content focused on identifying and managing international risks.

    Note: All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.


    • Propose three significant sustainability measures for a planned renovation

    • Create a WBS for an office building

    • Identify and mitigate two international risks in a project

    • Create a line of balance diagram for an electrical upgrade project

    • Choose the project delivery method for a water treatment plant expansion and emergency water main replacement

    • Complete Integrated Management System

    • Calculate the equipment cost, labor cost, and material and subcontractor cost for a given project

    • Determine the project EVM and cash flow

    • Address new bond requirements for construction projects

    • Make a GO or NO-GO decision

    • Compare the two types of construction loans


    Dr. Ibrahim Odeh
    Dr. Ibrahim Odeh

    Senior Lecturer of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia Engineering Founding Director, Global Leaders in Construction Management

    Industry Leaders

    In addition to video lectures by faculty, industry experts from the construction world share their knowledge and experience through periodic guest lectures.

    Learning Experience


    Postgraduate Diploma In Construction Management (E-Learning) - Certificate Click to view certificate


    Application Requirements

    There are three requirements for applying. The requirements are:

    Minimum Age (on or Before the Start of the Diploma)

    • If you have a bachelors degree, then you should have completed 21 years of age
    • If you do NOT have a bachelors degree, then you should have completed 30 years of age and you should have 8 or more years of work experience

    Application Form and Document Submission

    • You should submit a completed application form
    • Completing the application form will require you to upload a copy of your resume and your high school completion certificate or diploma certificate or degree certificates

    English Language Requirement

    • If you studied in a school where English was the medium of instruction, you meet the English language requirement.
    • If you studied in a school where English was NOT the medium of instruction, you do NOT meet the English language requirement. In this case, you can meet the English language requirement by doing one of the following- Obtain a TOEFL minimum score of 550 for the paper based test or its equivalent
      – Obtain an IELTS minimum score of 6.0 Obtain a Pearson Versant Test minimum score of 59
      – Obtain a Certificate of Completion for a Certificate course offered by the Emeritus Institute of Management
      – Submit a document which shows that the candidate has, for the last 24 months or more, worked in ANY ONE of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America


    $3000 Flexible payment options available




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