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Course Duration


9 Months, Online
4-6 hours per week

Course Fee


Why enroll for the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Management (E-Learning)?

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 (E-Learning) 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.

The average Teacher-Student ratio in the program is 1:300.

Your Learning Journey

    • Week 1: Construction Industry Overview
    • Case Study: 2nd Avenue Subway Project
    • Week 2: Fundamentals of the Project Development Cycle
    • Week 3: Surety Bonds and Introduction to Lean Theory
    • Week 4: Sustainable Development and Safety Practices
    • Week 5: Technology Trends in the Construction Industry
    • Week 6: International View of Construction Projects
    • Week 7: Project Manager and Project Logistics
    • Week 8: Project Planning
    • Week 10: Construction Activities
    • Week 11: Critical Path Method
    • Week 12: Activity on Arrow
    • Break Weeks: 13 and 14
    • Week 15: PERT and Range Estimating
    • Week 16: Role of Scheduler and Line of Balance
    • Week 17: Trends and Technologies in Scheduling
    • Week 18: Risk Allocation in Scheduling
    • Week 19: Scheduling for Large Programs and Lean Design
    • Week 21: Construction Cost Estimating, Cost Control, and Quantity Takeoff
    • Week 22: Quantity Takeoff and Measurements
    • Week 23: Building the Estimate and Procurement
    • Week 24: Post Contract, Cost Estimation, and Program Cost
    • Week 25: Earned Value Method and Cost Estimation in Practice
    • Week 26: Project Cash Flow
    • Week 27: Program Cost Estimating and Technology Trends
    • Week 28: Lean in Cost Control and Estimating
    • Week 30: The Mathematics of Money - Part 1
    • Week 31: The Mathematics of Money - Part 2
    • Week 32: Real Estate Finance for Development Projects - Comps, Cap Rate, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)
    • Week 33: Real Estate Finance for Development Projects - Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
    • Week 34: Financial Plans for Development Projects
    • Week 35: Financial Plans: Decision Tree Analysis for Real Estate Projects
    • Week 36: Project Finance and Risk in Project Finance
    • Week 37: Risk in Project Finance, Lean in Construction Finance

Who is this Diploma for?

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
  • Scheduler
  • Lead Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Project Developer
  • Project Planner
  • Construction Manager
  • Senior Site Engineer
  • Project Administrator
  • Project Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Designers


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of megaprojects around the globe are 40% or more behind schedule



report BIM processes reduced project error


Key Takeaways

  • Describe the life cycle phases of a construction project, outline roles and responsibilities as well as identify and mitigate risks
  • State the best practices pertaining to sustainability as well as the safety of workers at construction sites
  • Use various theories, aids, and software to accurately and effectively estimate and control the schedule of even large scale construction projects
  • Calculate quantity takeoff and measurements and pricing of equipment, labor, and materials to create a successful construction estimate
  • Define the key concepts in procurement and post contract activities
  • Use various calculations and other assessment tools to determine the profitability and risk factors of construction projects

Industry Examples

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

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)

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

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

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.

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

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.


Ibrahim Odeh

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

Ibrahim S. Odeh focuses his studies and research on assisting construction firms with strategic management assignments in areas related to strategy and business development; infrastructure and construction market analysis; market entry strategy; and trends affecting the future of the construction market. More info

Industry Leaders

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

Past Participant Profiles



Upon successful completion of the diploma, participants will receive a verified digital diploma from Emeritus Institute of Management, in collaboration with Columbia Engineering Executive Education

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Applications Exercises

Hands-on activities and discussions provide experience and first-hand understanding of the challenges you may face as a construction project manager. Some sample exercises:

  • Propose three significant sustainability measures for a planned renovation
  • Create a WBS for an office building
  • 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

Pre-admission Requirements

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and will be required to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • Minimal educational requirement of a Bachelor Degree certificate or official transcript in any discipline
  • An updated CV/resume


All candidates who have received their bachelor’s or other degree or diploma from an education institution where English is NOT the primary language of instruction are required to demonstrate English language proficiency through ANY ONE of the following methods

  • 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 Emeritus
  • 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
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