CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will begin offering a new online master's degree program in construction management beginning in the 2005 fall semester.

Establishment of the new program was approved during the monthly meeting of The University of North Carolina Board of Governors held in October.

The master's degree in construction management will be a completely online program delivered from Western's main campus in Cullowhee. It will be a cohort program that can be completed in two years. The first cohort is to be initiated in fall 2005 with about 30 students expected to enter each fall.

The program is intended for mid-level managers in the construction industry wishing to improve their skills and move into upper-level management.

Implementation of the new online master's degree in construction management will be a collaborative effort with Western's existing master's degree program in project management.

“The nature of the construction industry is that managers and workers are constantly moving from one project to the next over short periods of time. As a result, many construction industry employees never have the chance to complete a degree at any one university,” said Bradford Sims, construction management program director at Western. “Also, during the construction of a project, employees may work long hours and not be able to regularly attend a regularly scheduled class meeting.”

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from beginning to end for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality.

For more information, contact Sims at (828) 227-2175 or via e-mail at

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