Explore Northwestern's Master of Science Programs for the Design and Construction Industry

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Flexible curriculum with five specializations
Combined focus on business skills and technical expertise


Benefit from a robust alumni network
Engage in 100% online, part-time program with a flexible curriculum
Learn executive-level strategic insights and competencies from leading industry professionals
Join our faculty and executive alumni network


We have over 40 faculty members who are project management veterans and infuse the curriculum with in-depth expertise and intimate knowledge of today's industry. At Northwestern, you'll gain the business and technical skills you need to move your career forward.


Select from late afternoon and evening courses that fit into your schedule, as well as online courses for EMDC,  and tailor your curriculum to your professional aspirations.



The Master of Science in Project Management and Master of Science in Executive Management for Design and Construction programs are embedded in the local industry community; benefit from our ever-expanding network. You will gain lifelong connections with faculty and alumni who are leaders in their field.



Enhance your skills and fine-tune your leadership strategies through one of Northwestern University's two master of science degree programs offered expressly for those interested in architectural, civil, and environmental engineering, as well as real estate development areas.

Master of Project Management
  • Part- and full-time options available. Earn the part-time degree in as little as two years.
  • Focused study in choice of five specializations
• A/E/C Business Management
• Real Estate Development
• Transportation Management
• Sustainability
• Construction Management
  • Custom-designed curriculum emphasizes management, planning and design concepts
  • Prepares technically qualified early- to mid-level engineers and architects for leadership roles


Phoebe Evans (’16) designed a life clock that embodies time through the representation of rings on a tree. Evans used Arduino and LED lights to bring life to the clock.

Six students (’15) teamed up with IDEO Chicago to design a low-cost teff seed row planter to improve the livelihood of Ethiopian farmers.

Jeff Kahn (’14) designed the product Zeez which explores how different dosing protocols of light can affect the circadian clock thus improving the quality of life.

“The program offers one of the best faculties in the nation. Its alliance with the architecture, engineering, and construction industries provides networking opportunities that benefit both graduates and the participating companies."
Diane Redszus Zimmer, MPM '97

Director, J.S. Held LLC

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Master of Executive Management for Design and Construction
  • 12-course online program earned in two academic years
  • Designed to give mid-level professionals with typically eight or more years of progressive experience the business and leadership skills needed to advance into senior management roles
  • Robust curriculum of four core courses and eight electives allow you to customize your learning to your needs and career goals
  • Equips aspiring future executives with the enhanced skills, strategies, and insights needed to become successful senior leaders

"I was made to stay at the top of my game. The operational knowledge shared by the industry experts teaching the classes opens your eyes to the soft skills needed to succeed as an executive. And at the same time, the program shines a light on the financial indicators and accounting concerns executives work with daily to make sure their companies succeed.” 
Damon Ranieri, EMDC '15
Director of Virtual Design & Construction, Leopardo Companies