Building Construction

The McWhorter School of Building Science

Building Construction

The Master of Building Construction (MBC) at Auburn is a non-thesis based graduate program which requires a minimum of thirty-five credit hours to complete.  The program has been enrolling students since Fall of 1993 and continues to grow and develop research opportunities, strong industry relations, and excellent academic content.  Enrollment in the program is limited to provide sufficient faculty support, which helps our students meet their educational objectives. 

Students in the Master of Building Construction program work with a first rate faculty, use unparalleled technological resources, and participate with industry partners through case studies, independent projects, and funded research.  Students enrolled in the MBC Program learn advanced topics in construction management to prepare them for upper management positions in the industry.  The program also prepares professionals from other backgrounds to transfer their skills into the construction industry by providing a comprehensive understanding of construction operations and issues. 


Students pursuing a graduate degree in Building Construction can expect to: 

 

  • Be exposed to all construction processes that constitute a project from development conception, through project financing and design, into the on-site construction phase and management of the facility.
  • Solve and present solutions to complex industry problems.
  • Continuously practice and improve oral and written communication skills.
  • Develop an ability to communicate using digital forms.
  • Work with industry to identify specific construction problems. 
  • Interact with a wide variety of industry professionals in and out of the classroom.
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of the collaborative nature of the construction industry.

 

If you choose to study at the McWhorter School of Building Science, you will receive a first class graduate education that will prepare you for an outstanding career in the construction industry. In recent years the placement rate for our graduate students has been exceptional, and there are opportunities in all sectors of the industry. If you are interested in obtaining more information, contact Dr. Salman Azhar, Graduate Program Chair (MBC) or Joline Landry, Administrative Support Specialist.

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Non-Construction Undergraduates

Application Deadline: April 14, 2018 - Apply for Admission Summer 2018
 
Must Complete Summer Foundations Courses (see below, under "Curriculum).
 
Waiver for appropriate Foundation Courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for students with Architectural and Civil Engineering backgrounds, or extensive field experience. Such an accommodation should be requested in writing to Dr. Salman Azhar, Graduate Program Chair.
 

Construction Undergraduates

Application Deadline: April 14, 2018 - Apply for Admission Fall 2018
 

Admission Requirements

Admission to Master of Building Construction Program is based on consideration of the applicant’s proven ability to perform academic work at a superior level, leadership qualities, and overall accomplishments. Admission requirements include:
  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college of university. A 3.0 GPA  of the last two years of undergraduate education or a cumulative GPA of 2.75 is desired.  
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, composed of verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections.  
  • Providing acceptable letters of recommendation. 
  • Official statement of  financing (for international students only) 
Provisional admission may be offered to borderline student’s contingent to their performance in the first graduate semester. Please contact the Graduate Program Chair to discuss your credentials and eligibility. The Dean of the Graduate School is the only person at Auburn University authorized to admit students, refuse admission, or waive any requirement.
 
To apply:
  • Visit the Graduate School web site, select Apply Online from the menu to the left, and click on E-application. You will be redirected to Apply Yourself, the University's online system. You will need to select "First Time User Account Creation", and create a username and pin number. Once you log in, you will be asked to complete several sections. Please select the correct term for which you are applying (Summer for non-construction undergraduates, Fall for construction undergraduates), choosing Building Science -Construction from the drop down menu asyour program option. In addition to completing this online application, be sure to read the information provided in the link entitled "Admissions Requirements". This link gives very specific information regarding documentation which must be provided as part of the application process. 
  • Request certified copies of transcripts from all previously attended educational institutions, and have them sent directly to the Graduate School at 106 Hargis Hall, AuburnUniversity, Auburn Al 36849.
  • Request official copies of your GRE scores from the Educational Testing Service to the Graduate School as well. Auburn University's ETS code is 1005.
  • Provide letters of recommendation from three references to the School of Building Science according to the instructions on the form. Please download form here. These letters should be submitted directly by referees via mail, fax or e-mail.
  • Forward your current resume via e-mail to Joline Landry
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose (1500 words or less) explaining your motivation for seeking a graduate degree in Building Construction at Auburn University. Please e-mail it to to Joline Landry

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Application Deadline: January 31, 2018 - Apply for Admission Summer 2018

 

First, please visit Global Gateway, Auburn University's International Presence. Then, review the information contained on the Graduate School's web site for International Admissions, and information from the Office of International Education.

 

Visit the Graduate School's website, select "Apply Online" from the menu to the left, and click on "E-application". You will be redirected to Apply Yourself, the University's online system. You will need to select "First Time User Account Creation," and create a username and pin number. Once you log in, you will be asked to complete several sections. Please select the correct term for which you are applying (Summer for non-construction undergraduates, Fall for construction undergraduates), choosing Building Science -Construction from the drop down menu as your program option. 

 

In addition to completing this online application, be sure to read the information provided in the link entitled "Admissions Requirements.” This link gives very specific information regarding documentation which must be provided as part of the application process. 

 

  • Request certified copies of transcripts from all previously attended educational institutions, and have them sent directly to the Graduate School at 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849.

 

  • Request official copies of your GRE scores from the Educational Testing Service and have them sent to the Graduate School as well. 

 

  • Provide letters of recommendation from three references to the School of Building Science. Please download form here. Be sure to read all instructions, as you must provide this form letter, as well as letters written by your references on their own letterhead. 

 

  • Forward your current resume, which may be emailed to Joline Landry.

 

  • Submit (via email) a Statement of Purpose (1500 words or less) explaining your motivation for seeking a graduate degree in Building Construction at Auburn University.

 

Financial Sponsorship

The ESTIMATED TOTAL COST in the U.S. currency for attending Auburn University for one year, 2017–2018, is $49,972. Click here for more information

 

Applicants MUST DEMONSTRATE the availability of adequate financial resources to meet personal and educational obligations. The properly completed "Official Statement of Finances" accompanied by certified evidence of your sponsor's financial capability MUST BE filed with this office before an admission letter and your 1-20 Form can be released. 

 

Insurance 

All international students are required to subscribe to Plan II of the student insurance plan or to provide evidence of equivalent coverage. Information about student insurance is available at the Office of International Education. 

 

We assure you that your application for admission, if submitted as indicated above, will receive our careful consideration. 

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Curriculum (pdf)

 

The Summer Foundation Courses below must be completed.

 

Foundations I – Special Problems in Construction Estimating (3 credits) 

This course focuses on the reading and interpreting of working drawings, specifications, and shop drawings for use in construction estimating and administration. The student will gain competency in estimating skills, including quantity takeoff, pricing, and bid preparation. This course also includes topics in materials, methods, and equipment used in construction projects. OFFERED  SUMMER  SESSION (full 10 weeks).

 

Foundations II - Structures & Temporary Structures (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of structural analysis and design. The course will include analysis of statically determinate structures, strength of materials, design philosophies in structural engineering, design fundamentals for various materials (wood, steel and concrete) and design of temporary structures. OFFERED SUMMER SESSION (full 10 weeks).

 

Foundations III - Information Technology (3 credits)

This course will explore the use of information technology and information management in construction. Topics include: hardware, software, digital file management, and networking systems. This course utilizes problem solving using techniques in spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, and digital media. OFFERED SUMMER MINI-SESSION I (5 weeks only).

 

Foundations IV - Project Management / Scheduling (3 credits)

Pre-requisite, instructor approval. This course will develop, within the student, a working knowledge of scheduling logic, scheduling applications, and project cash flow analysis. Understand the impact of planning and scheduling decisions of project management, including: site utilization, schedule updating, expediting, and resource control. Understand the roles and responsibilities of project supervision, in multiple project delivery systems. OFFERED SUMMER MINI SESSION II (5 weeks only).

 

Foundations V – Electives in Project Management Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing (3 credits)

Summer Foundations Courses must be completed by all who do not hold an undergraduate degree in construction. Waiver for appropriate Foundation Courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for students with Architectural and Civil Engineering backgrounds, or extensive field experience. Such an accommodation should be requested via email to Dr. Salman Azhar, MBC Program Chair.

 

Capstone Projects

The purpose of the Capstone Project is to demonstrate the student's ability to independently explore a new topic, demonstrate appropriate application of the materials, and successfully communicate the information in a professional and academically rigorous format. The proposal should indicate that these expectations will be met. The capstone course is also the only course in the curriculum that allows the students to gain in-depth knowledge about a specific topic of the students' choice.
 
Early Fall semester, faculty members attend information sessions in order to present their research interests to the students. This helps each student select a major professor and committee of faculty members with whom to work on their project, and assists students in identifying an area of interest for their Capstone Project during their first active semester in the MBC Program. A capstone committee includes a chair (also referred to as Major Professor) and a minimum of two other faculty members who will serve in the role of members of the committee. Students are expected to work with their major professor on the development of the Capstone proposal. A draft proposal is usually completed by mid-semester (October), with final proposals due in late fall. The final proposal consists of an abstract, introduction, background, literature review, methodology, proposed data analysis, etc., which is covered during the Research Methods in Building Science course. Approval of the final proposal by the committee chair and committee members is indicated by their signatures on a cover sheet attached to the proposal. The major professor and committee members must sign their names personally to the approval page. There can be no temporary substitute members and no other person may sign a committee member's name on an approval page, even with the authorization of the committee member involved and the major professor. Any exceptions occasioned by unusual circumstances require Graduate Program Chair approval.
 
Last Day to Turn in Capstone Proposal will be set each Fall semester by the Graduate Program Chair and the instructor for the Research Methods Course .
 
Last Day to Turn in Completed Capstone Project: All revisions to the Capstone Report will be incorporated prior to printing the required bound copies. One copy should be given to each committee member, one copy to the admin support specialist for the program, and additional personal copies, if desired. A PDF file of the final project should be e-mailed to the admin support specialist. Formatting requirements are in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, available in the graduate resource library.
 
Date of Capstone Defense/Presentation must be coordinated between the student and his/her committee, and will be held during each semester. The defense includes a 30 minute presentation of the Capstone Project and results. All graduate students are encouraged to attend Capstone Defense presentations.
 

Responsibilities of the Major Professor and the Committee 

The major professor will guide the student on research, analysis, writing, and other scholarly aspects of the work. Members of the student's committee contribute, but the primary responsibility is that of the major professor. Submission of a Capstone is defined as the time at which the first complete draft of such is submitted to the major professor for review. The major professor and all committee members read the manuscript critically. Each may suggest improvements and refuse approval pending additional work. When committee members and the major professor approve the final project, they certify that the Capstone is clear and accurate, that it represents an original and worthwhile contribution, that the suggestions made by them are incorporated into the final work, and that the work conforms to the standards of Auburn University and to Graduate School specifications.
 
Capstone projects are usually presented during spring semester. However, non-construction undergraduates have an opportunity to gain valuable construction industry experience through a summer internship, which is encouraged by graduate faculty. If the internship option is exercised, the student would enroll the following fall semester and present his/her Capstone project prior to the Last Day for Doctoral and Non-Thesis Final Oral Exams date as printed in the AU Bulletin, as well as completing any necessary electives.

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The College of Architecture, Design & Construction (CADC) recognizes that graduate education is a significant commitment, often requiring students to take hiatus from or postpone a professional career. Graduate assistantships and tuition waivers will be available to qualified and competitively selected students. For information on graduate assistantships, waivers, tuition and fees, please visit the Graduate School website.

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Salman Azhar

Salman Azhar

J.E.Wilborn Endowed Professor for Emerging Faculty, Graduate Program Chair

334-844-5383