Director: Robert Ries
Director of Master’s Programs: Robert E. Minchin
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Doctor of Philosophy: The college offers an interdisciplinary doctoral program in design, construction, and planning. Areas of specialization in the program include architecture, building construction, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. Within the area of building construction, specialization options include sustainable construction, information systems, construction safety, affordable housing, productivity, and human resource management. These specializations prepare students to assume college-level faculty positions and industry research positions in construction management and the building sciences. For more information on the Ph.D. program, write to the Ph.D. Director, College of Design, Construction, and Planning Doctoral Program, 331 ARCH, P.O. Box 115701. For information on the specializations in the Rinker School of Building Construction, write to the Director of Graduate and Distance Education, Rinker School of Building Construction, 304 Rinker Hall, P.O. Box 115703.
The M.E. Rinker Sr. School offers courses leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Building Construction (thesis), Master of Building Construction (nonthesis), and Master of International Construction Management (nonthesis distance education program for experienced professionals). An individual plan of study is prepared for each student to insure that the student’s goals are achieved within the broad policy guidelines of the Rinker School. Specialization may be in such areas as construction management, sustainable construction, information systems, construction safety, and construction law. Requirements for the M.B.C., M.S.B.C., M.I.C.M., and Ph.D. degrees are given in the General Information section of this catalog.
Master of Building Construction (M.B.C.) or Master of Science in Building Construction (M.S.B.C.): To be eligible for admission to the M.B.C. or M.S.B.C. programs, a student must hold a 4-year undergraduate degree in building construction or its equivalent in related fields. “Equivalent in related fields” should include studies in construction materials and methods, structures, and management. Students with deficiencies in these related fields may need longer residence for the master’s degree, as they will be required to take specified basic courses to provide a foundation for advanced courses. There is no foreign language requirement.
No more than 3 credits of BCN 6971 may be used to satisfy the credit requirements for the M.S.B.C. degree without written permission of the Director of Master’s Programs.
Master of International Construction Management (M.I.C.M.): This program prepares students to assume upper-level management responsibilities in a multinational company. To be eligible for admission to the M.I.C.M. program, a student must have
- A 4-year undergraduate degree
- At least 5 years of meaningful, supervisory-level construction management experience
- Acceptable GRE scores (verbal and quantitative)
- A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Employer sponsorship
- International students must submit an acceptable score on one of the following: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language: computer=213, paper=550, web=80), IELTS (International English Language Testing System: 6), MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 77), or successful completion of the UF English Language Institute program.
No more 3 credits of ICM 6934 may be used to satisfy the credit requirements for the M.I.C.M. without written permission of the Director. All candidates are required to take ICM 6930. In addition to these 6 research-oriented graduate credit hours, the student selects one or two areas of emphasis and then takes the rest of the required 33 credit hours from the remaining courses and special electives. All candidates are required to pass a comprehensive oral and/or written examination at the completion of the course work and their master’s research report/project.
The M.E. Rinker Sr. School reserves the right to retain student work for purposes of record, exhibition, or instruction.
Research facilities: The Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, operating within the School, researches the problems and possible solutions associated with developing and producing affordable housing. The Powell Center for Construction and the Environment conducts research on implementing sustainability in creating, operating, and constructing a built environment. The Fluor Program for Construction Safety researches and disseminates information on matters related to construction safety and health. The Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling educates members of the AECO industry about new and emerging technologies in virtual design and construction.
Combined program: The School offers a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program. Contact the Director of Master’s Programs for information.