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Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is this program designed?

The New England Tech Master's of Construction Management degree program is designed for  anyone who wishes to master the principles of business, management and technology as they apply to the construction industry and related fields (architecture, engineering, planning, etc).   The ideal candidate will be working in a related field, and/or hold a Bachelor's degree in a related field.        [return to top]

What are the entrance requirements for the MSCM program?

Candidates possess a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Interior Design, Construction Management, Planning, Business, Finance, Management or a degree in a related field from an accredited institution. Significant professional experience may also be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree and will be evaluated individually. An official transcript along with other supporting documentation must be supplied to NEIT to satisfy the program entry requirements.

Candidates will also need to submit a personal statement as part of the admission process. The statement should detail your interest in the program and how successful completion of the program will enable you to accomplish your professional goals.         [return to top]

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be accepted into the program?

No. GREs are not required for acceptance into the MSCM program.         [return to top]

Is there a residency requirement?

No. There is no residency requirement for the program; however, students may elect to participate in the on-campus option available in the CM 505 course. This option allows students to participate in an intensive on-campus learning experience. This option is not a requirement to successfully complete the course.        [return to top]

How do online courses work?

Online courses at New England Institute of Technology are developed by a faculty-led team of management, construction, learning, and technology experts. The courses are designed to be interesting, relevant and engaging, and to have a real impact on students in their lives and on their careers. In an online delivery system, there are no formal or scheduled times when students are required to meet.

The majority of the course work is expected to be completed based on the student's personal and professional schedule within the context of the course requirements. Faculty post weekly lectures and assignments online along with associated due dates. Faculty may also schedule online discussions or other class activities through the Canvas learning management system that may require you to be available to participate at a specific time.  See Online Learning at NEIT for more information about online courses in Construction Management.  [return to top]

How is taking an online course different from an on-campus course?

Online courses offer you flexibility in the scheduling of your class and study time. Instead of meeting at a fixed time and location, your online course will run on a weekly schedule starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday evening. Some courses may require you to login to your course regularly and you are still required to submit assignments by the due dates specified in the syllabus.

Online courses do require self-discipline and self-motivation to complete the work that is required by the course. Since there are no scheduled class times, you will need to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to review the course content online, complete the readings, participate in the online discussion forums, and complete other work as assigned. [return to top]

Do I need special computer skills in order to take an online course?

You’ll need basic familiarity with your computer, for example: emailing, using the Web, and downloading and attaching documents. No special equipment is required: just a modern Windows-based computer, an office suite such as Microsoft Office, and a broadband internet connection. Students opting to enroll in the elective course, MSCM 542 Building Information Modeling, should ensure their computer can support the latest version of Revit® software.     [return to top]

 What are the hardware and software requirements for the program?

  Recommended Minimum
Operating System: Windows 10 or Macintosh OS X (10.14)
Processor: 2+ GHz
Memory: 4GB
Plug-ins: Adobe PDF Reader, Flash Adobe PDF Reader, Flash and others as required by specific courses
Players: QuickTime, Java Player, Java
Browser: Chrome, IE, Safari, Edge, Firefox (all latest versions)
Display: 1024x768
Software: Office 365 (2016)
Internet Connection: FiOS/DSL/CABLE DSL/CABLE
Email Account: New England Tech student email account
Sound Card: Required
Other (some programs): -A webcam (the one built into your laptop or iPad should be fine).
-A microphone (built into the computer or headset is handy).
-A digital camera (the one on a smart phone is fine).


Online students must be capable of installing and maintaining their own computer’s hardware and software. New England Tech does not assist students with the setup of their computers.

Information about obtaining the software (if any) will be made available to you at the start of each course.

Note: Tablets and smartphones can be convenient for reading course materials and email but will not be sufficient for doing all of your course work.   [return to top]

How do I get assistance with technical issues?

New England Institute of Technology’s online courses are designed to help acclimate you to technology, and build your skills and your confidence as you go. We provide 24x7 support via phone, email or chat to help you with computer or online system issues in the learning management system. NEIT is unable to help students with computer problems. Tablet computers can be useful for doing course readings, watching course videos, and catching up on course discussions, but a tablet will not be sufficient for doing all your course work. Be sure you have regular access to a traditional laptop or desktop computer with appropriate capacity to support online assignments.     [return to top]

What makes New England Tech’s Master's of Construction Management program different from others?

  • Ten-week long courses keep you focused and are easier to digest, and provide the chance to complete your program in as little as18 months
  • Our faculty are practitioners from the field: leading experts from many top firms, as well as the public sector
  • NEIT blends advanced topics in construction with the most relevant principles of general management and leadership to provide you with the right mix of technical and business skills to be ready for any challenge.
  • Our curriculum is designed to provide a balance of practical knowledge you can apply to your work right away with a long-term base of leading skills to assist in your career advancement.
  • 24x7 technical support by email, chat or phone helps you work on your schedule 

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How large will my classes be?

The average size for a class is about 15 to 20 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time. As a member of the class you’ll be learning as part of a connected community that provides support, challenges your thinking, and reminds you that you’re not alone.   [return to top]

How long is each academic term?

Courses at New England Tech are 10-weeks long, with four terms offered per year, starting in January, April, July, and October. [return to top]

How many courses do I have to take each term?

You can take one or two courses in any term. It’s entirely up to your own needs and schedule. Note that if your employer offers tuition benefits, there may be a limit on how much they will reimburse. If you’re planning to apply for federal financial aid, please confirm the minimum credit load required to qualify for federal financial aid with the Financial Aid Office.    [return to top]

Are there participation requirements?

Yes. Depending upon the course, each week you may be required to participate in various activities such as discussion boards or other similar assignments. All course activities will be counted towards your final grade. Required student participation will be identified in the course syllabus.     [return to top]

How will I submit my course assignments and take exams?

You will receive information from your professor regarding how to submit your assignments through the Canvas learning management system. Exams and test will also be administered via  Canvas.  In the event of a proctored exam, you will be required to submit a proctor form to your professor prior to gaining access to the exam.  An online proctoring option is also available for a small fee.    All tests, exams, and assignment requirements will be identified in the course syllabus at the beginning of each term.      [return to top]

Will my course be assigned to a faculty member?

Faculty are essential to the online learning experience at the New England Institute of Technology. All online courses in the MSCM program are taught by faculty with appropriate academic and professional credentials, as well as extensive practical experience. Additionally, all NEIT faculty teaching online courses receive specific training in online delivery methods.     [return to top]

How can I access specific course-related help when I need it?

Your professor will be available to you via email, Canvas discussion boards, and by phone. Responses to a question will generally be delivered within 24 hours. Preferred methods of contact as well as contact information will be identified at the beginning of each course in the course syllabus.      [return to top]

Will I be assigned an advisor?

Yes. Students in the MSCM program will be assigned a Student Advisor from the Office of Student Support Services. The New England Tech Student Advisor provides guidance, encouragement and support to students and is the primary point of contact for all student concerns and information about New England Tech policies and procedures.      [return to top]

Do I have access to other college services?

Online students have access to all college services including the Academic Skills Center, the Bookstore, the Career Services Office, the Financial Aid Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Student Support Services, Library, Student Accounts, the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Response Desk.      [return to top]

How do I pay for my Master's of Construction Management Program courses?

You’ll only pay for the courses you sign up for in any given academic term.   

See Tuition and Financial Aid for more information.  [return to top]

How long should it take me to complete my program?

You can complete your degree in 18 months with full-time enrollment of two courses per term. You'll take 2 courses each for the first five terms, and in the final term take one course: the 5-credit Leadership in the 21st Century. Of course, if you take fewer courses per term, your degree will take longer to finish. [return to top]

Is NEIT accredited?

NEIT is accredited by the  New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE.  For more information on accreditation, see NEIT's catalog. [return to top]

Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?

Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered for courses in which the student has earned a “B” or above. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved MSCM courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final academic term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the curriculum.

Students may transfer no more than 12 credits.         [return to top]

Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information. [return to top]

How many credits do I need to qualify for Financial Aid?

Students entering the MSCM program will be eligible for various forms of financial aid, including loans, if they take at least 4 credits per term.   [return to top]

What does my program cost?

The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with the cost for books and other course materials. Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis, with certain fees charged on a per-term basis. See Tuition and Financial Aid for more info. [return to top]

How do I purchase textbooks and other required materials?

Students may purchase their textbooks either through the Bookstore or through online merchants. Textbooks and other required materials will be identified by the professor in the course syllabus at the beginning of each term.   [return to top]

Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?

Yes. You are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 throughout the entire program. An individual course grade of C is considered passing. Students are required to repeat any course in which they received a final grade below a C.  [return to top]