• Earn your degree with online courses and minimal travel
  • MTSU offers the only M.B.A. program customized for concrete industry
  • Industry can sponsor individuals for 15-month intensive M.B.A.
  • Professors tailor business courses to concrete issues in the workplace

Concrete Industry Management, M.B.A.

MTSU’s 15-month customized Concrete Industry Management executive M.B.A. degree program is the only one of its kind in the country and offers a mostly online delivery to draw students from the industry nationally and internationally. Students take courses in seven-week blocks via distance learning and webinars; three required trips to MTSU or industry events are spread out during the program. This rigorous, highly interactive degree program takes participants beyond basics to a true understanding of forces that shape the concrete and construction industry. Participants can immediately impact their businesses by implementing strategies and insights gained from the completed courses, resulting in immediate return on investment for their sponsoring companies. Coursework is focused around typical M.B.A. advanced business skills but tailored specifically to the concrete and construction industry. Application deadline is July 1 for the cohort that starts in January of the following year.

Flexible program fits needs for Atlanta precast manager

Flexible program fits needs for Atlanta precast manager

Earning an M.B.A. with a concentration in Concrete Industry Management in 2014, has helped Frank Bowen as Piedmont Precast’s plant manager in Atlanta. He manages the company’s precast operations including production, quality control, safety, logistics, research and development, and NPCA (National Precast Concrete Association) certification. Bowen also now is on the quality assurance committee of the NPCA. “This niche M.B.A. program was perfectly tailored to my needs,” he says. “With a career in the concrete manufacturing industry, this particular program was extremely valuable in helping me advance my role in the industry.” Bowen was a 2004 Mass Communication graduate from Auburn University before joining his family’s business which has focused on burial vaults since the Depression but also now specializes in precast retaining walls and traffic barriers. “The CIM M.B.A. program has helped me focus on Six Sigma tactics to lean our assembly and production times in a manner that makes us more competitive,” Bowen said.

Concrete M.B.A. will open doors to a bright future

Concrete M.B.A. will open doors to a bright future

Jonathan Harrell’s father first read about MTSU’s Concrete Industry Management program in the local newspaper and suggested that his son look into it. Harrell decided that there was a great future in concrete because if its importance as a building material. He received a B.S. in Concrete Industry Management in 2007. “I had such a great experience that being part of the inaugural CIM/MBA program at MTSU was the obvious choice,” he says. “Choosing a graduate program that directly relates to the industry that I am employed in gives me the unique opportunity to advance within the industry.” He first worked for Essroc Italcementi Group in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he has been in quality control and sales and currently is in the Cement Commercial Group, Louisville. He received his M.B.A. degree with a CIM concentration in 2014. “The M.B.A. degree has provided an immediate return both professionally and personally,” Harrell noted. “I am truly excited to see what doors will open within Essroc and know that the education I received will be an asset for years to come.”

With the growing need for middle management talent in the industry as the economic recovery continues, the CIM Executive M.B.A. program is well placed to continue to provide those highly qualified managers the industry will need. Possible career positions with this degree 

  • Senior project manager 
  • Director of quality 
  • Manager of technical services
  • Regional sales manager 
  • Operations manager 

Employers of MTSU alumni include 

  • Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
  • BASF
  • Calportland
  • California State University–Chico
  • Farlane Oldcastle Materials
  • Geneva Rock
  • Italcementi
  • Ozinga Ready Mix
  • Piedmont Precast
  • Refratechnik North America
  • Rush–Overland Manufacturing
  • Schwing America
  • Structural Group
  • Tex-Mix Concrete
  • Triple C Concrete
  • Vulcan Materials

MTSU Jones College of Business offers a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with a concentration in Concrete Industry Management (CIM), along with a traditional executive M.B.A. and additional concentrations in Health Care Management and Music Business.

The CIM-focused M.B.A. requires online courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and concrete industry management. This distinctive program is designed to develop long-term relationships amongst participants, while fostering a collaborative learning environment and allowing national and international recruitment with limited campus visits that are intensive and focused. 

Application deadline: July 1, for the limited-enrollment cohort which begins the following January and finishes 15 months later in March. 

Requirements in order to apply:

  • All participants will have at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. While participants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, that degree does not have to be in business.
  • Industry professionals participating in the program must have a minimum of three years of experience in the industry.
  • A GMAT or GRE test is not required due to this experience requirement.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above. 

Total cost of the CIM Executive MBA program is $39,000 per participant, payable in four installments for convenience. The total fee includes textbooks, other learning materials, and all expenses—excluding air travel during the two required on-campus visits and a trip to an industry event such as the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Business Administration, Concrete Industry Management Concentration, M.B.A.

S. Kim Sokoya, MBA Program Director
(615) 898-2964
Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu
Ayaz Ahmed, CIM-MBA Program Coordinator
(615) 898-5715
Ayaz.Ahmed@mtsu.edu

The University offers a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Concrete Industry Management degree which requires courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and concrete industry management.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.B.A. program must submit official transcripts of all previous college work. In addition to transcripts, applicants to the CIM concentration are also required to submit a current resume, a statement of purpose outlining career objectives, and three letters of recommendation addressing the qualification for advanced study in business and concrete industry management. Applicants may also be required to participate in an interview.

Admission to the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) concentration is limited to persons with significant experience in business in general and the concrete industry specifically. As such, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) will not be required of persons applying to this concentration. Admission is determined after a full review of all application materials and is not automatic for persons meeting the minimum required for admission to the M.B.A.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, international applications must submit proof of English language proficiency that meets the University requirement.

Once admitted, all students in the Concrete Industry Management concentration will optionally complete a series of prerequisite courses designed to assure an appropriate foundation for advanced study in business.

Degree Requirements

The Concrete Industry Management concentration is a limited enrollment, cohort degree program. In addition to meeting University requirements, all students must complete the coursework as part of their cohort.

Curriculum: Business Administration, Concrete Industry Management

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (27 hours)

 

  • ECON 6000 - Managerial Economics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2410 and 2420 or 4570 or equivalent. Primarily for M.B.A. students with particular attention given to business administration and finance topics including demand analysis, production and cost decisions, quantitative market analysis, capital budgeting, and alternative theories of the firm. Special emphasis on case studies, software applications, and interpretation of economic meanings of related analyses.

  • MGMT 6600 - Organization Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Behavioral science concepts and research in the management of organizations; theories dealing with interpersonal relationships, motivation systems, group dynamics, communications, and authority related to organizational behavior, control, and structure problems.

  • MGMT 6650 - Operations Management

    3 credit hours

    Strategic and tactical decisions involved with planning, operating, and controlling the operations functions in a firm. Emphasis on problem identification and solution.

  • ACTG 6920 - Financial Statement Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2120 with minimum grade of C or equivalent. Concepts and techniques of financial statement analysis, income determination, and related institutional background. Not open to M.Acc. students.

  • INFS 6610 - Information Systems Management and Applications

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the use of computing resources in managerial context. Students will develop an understanding of issues and implications of information resources and end-user computing as well as develop skills in application of these concepts in a problem-solving oriented microcomputer system environment. NOT open to students with an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and not acceptable for the M.S. in Information Systems.

  • FIN 6710 - Financial Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: FIN 3010 or FIN 6000. Theory of corporate finance with applications. Techniques and problems for maximizing wealth through the application of discounted cash flow analysis. Emphasis on risk, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

  • MKT 6800 - Marketing Management

    3 credit hours

    An analytical managerial approach to the marketing activities of a business enterprise. Emphasis on problem solving and marketing simulation.

  • QM 6770 - Computer-Based Decision Modeling

    3 credit hours

    Advanced techniques in quantitative methods. Modeling and optimization techniques. Computer applications emphasized.

  • BUAD 6980 - Strategic Management

    3 credit hours

    Advanced problem analysis requiring the synthesis of theory and practice gained from both the functional and managerial areas of study with emphasis on formulation, integration, and implementation of policies and strategies of the firm. This is a capstone course and must be taken after all core requirements or by consent of the director of the M.B.A. program in the last semester prior to graduation.

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MGMT 6730 - International Supply Chain Management

    3 credit hours

    Principles of supply chain management and supply chain management environments. Examines integration with other companies to manage flow of resources, including materials, information, people, etc., in a global supply chain environment.

  • CIM 6000 - Concrete Construction Sustainability

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admittance into the CIM-MBA program: Explores current topics in sustainability specifically as it relates to concrete production and general construction practices in the residential, commercial, and institutional construction segments.

  • CIM 6010 - Concrete Construction Troubleshooting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admittance into the CIM MBA program. Explores current troubleshooting topics in concrete construction as it relates to selection, preconstruction communication, onsite construction activities, and post construction.

Program Notes

Students must meet the expectations of the University regarding adequate progress toward the degree. Specifically

  1. students are expected to maintain a 3.00 grade point average for all graduate coursework;
  2. students will file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  3. students are expected to consistently enroll in and complete coursework in their area of study, making continuous progress as part of their cohort, toward attainment of the degree.

Concrete Industry Management

CIM 1010 - Introduction to the Concrete Industry
1 credit hour credit

Overview of the history, career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in the concrete industry. Introduction to the concrete industry management curriculum, instructional exceptions, and methodologies.

CIM 1050 - Blueprint Reading
1 credit hour credit

Provides a broad-based background in interpreting blueprints. Typical plans for both residential and commercial building reviewed.

CIM 1500 - Basic Road Construction Safety
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. The study of best-known safe work practices in the road construction industry. Upon successful completion of the course, student will have a working knowledge of how to be safe as well as maintain a safe work environment. Offers preparation for the MSHA and OSHA certification exams.

CIM 2050 - Advanced Blueprint Reading
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 1050. Further develops the skills presented in CIM 1050.

CIM 2500 - Road Construction Problem Solving and Decision Making
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Study of various problem solving and decision making methodologies as well as best-known customer service practices. Upon successful completion of this course, student will have a working knowledge of how to quickly analyze the situation and resolve it by using superior communication and negotiation skills.

CIM 2510 - Fundamentals of Road Construction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Develops fundamental skills in the areas of construction science, building and construction design, material resources, technical writing, applied math, and basic computer skills.

CIM 2520 - Advanced Road Construction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Further develops skills acquired from CIM 2510 in the areas of construction science, building and construction design, material resources, technical writing, applied math, and computer skills.

CIM 3000 - Fundamentals of Concrete: Properties and Testing
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111; CIM 1010 or CMT 1100. Concrete testing, admixtures, placing, and finishing. Effects of concrete-making materials on properties of fresh and hardened concrete materials. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 3050 - Concrete Construction Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000 or CMT 1100. Forming and shoring, placing and reinforcing; transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, jointing, and curing concrete for cast-in-place foundations, pavements, slabs on ground, structural frames, and other structural members; erecting precast concrete members; waterproofing concrete foundations.

CIM 3060 - Understanding the Concrete Construction System
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Detailed look at how the concrete construction industry works. Includes review of model building codes, building officials and their function, concrete industry codes and standards, concrete construction processes, quality assurance systems, contract documents, and concrete construction markets.

CIM 3070 - Site Planning, Layout, and Preparation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  CIM 1010 and General Education Math requirement. Activities required to successfully prepare a site for concrete work. Includes initial site investigation, surveying, groundwork, subbase preparation, and elevations. Exposes students to modern technological tools and methods such the use of GPS, EDM, and lasers. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 3080 - Formwork Design and Computerized Drafting
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Overview of costs and safety with regard to formwork selection, design, and construction. Reviews the various forming systems available and how they may be integrated for use in specific project circumstances. Includes a basic review of CAD drafting techniques and their applications.

CIM 3090 - Computer Applications in Concrete and Construction Indu
3 credit hours

Studies most commonly used computer software applications being used by the concrete and construction industries. Upon completion students will have working knowledge of the software in the advanced CIM classes as well as the industry.

CIM 3100 - Applications of Concrete Construction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CIM 3050. Details many uses of concrete in the construction of buildings, pavements, and other facilities. Emphasis on the advantages, disadvantages, and unique problems faced by materials suppliers, contractors, and design professionals when concrete is chosen for specific applications.

CIM 3200 - Concrete Project Estimating
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 2050 and General Education Math Requirement. Project drawings to prepare both basic and detailed estimates. Activities include practice implementing the printreading, estimating, and other skills acquired using actual sets of finished drawings. Projects will become more complicated as the semester progresses and will include below-grade, flatwork, and above-grade examples.

CIM 3300 - Concrete Industry Internship
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Opportunity for students to gain supervised, practical work experience in their particular field of interest within the concrete industry. The student will be evaluated by his/her supervisor, and a final report will be submitted by the student detailing the internship experience.

CIM 3310 - Road Construction Internship I
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. This 400-hour, hands-on training will consist of working with earth moving equipment, pavers, compaction equipment, milling and cutting equipment, crushing equipment, recycling/stabilizing equipment, below grade construction. Trained MTSU faculty and industry professionals will lead this effort and put the interns through highly structured training program.

CIM 3320 - Road Construction Internship II
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. This 400-hour, hands-on training will further enhance the training received in CIM 3310. It will consist of working with earth moving equipment, pavers, compaction equipment, milling and cutting equipment, crushing equipment, recycling/stabilizing equipment, below grade construction. Trained industry professionals will lead this effort and put the interns through highly structured training program. This training will take place at the participant's dealer location.

CIM 3600 - Advanced Concrete Project Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3060. A continuation of the construction management concepts taught in CIM 3060. Emphasis on application of advanced project management concepts. A group activity involving management of a complex concrete construction project.

CIM 4010 - Design and Construction Issues
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3200. A review of concrete construction materials and their physical and mechanical properties. Special emphasis placed on the concepts of mechanics of materials and resolving design/construction mismatches.

CIM 4030 - Issues in the Concrete and Construction Industry: A Leg
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Involves a case study approach to critically analyzing historical and current events in the concrete and construction industry. Particular emphasis on developing a managerial decision-making process incorporating ethical, legal, financial, and other business perspectives.

CIM 4050 - Management of Concrete Products: Ordering and Deliverin
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding on managing order and delivery processes common to all concrete products. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Key differences in the order and delivery functions of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, pre-cast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe supplemented by product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

CIM 4060 - Management of Concrete Products: Production Facilities
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding of managing the manufacturing process common to all concrete products production facilities. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Review of key differences in manufacturing process of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, precast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe explained through product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

CIM 4070 - Concrete Contracting Personnel Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CIM declared major and senior standing. Application of personnel management techniques in the contracting business. Emphasis on adapting management styles to various employee personality traits, training techniques, personal management, effective and efficient management of equipment and other resources, and leadership development.  

CIM 4100 - Field Management and Supervision
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offers knowledge and skills to effectively manage concrete construction jobsite activities. Emphasis on safety, equipment identification and use, maintenance, contingency plans, and worksite productivity.

CIM 4150 - Concrete Problems: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Dispute R
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Diagnosing and preventing problems related to concrete production, testing, construction, and performance. Identifying causes of fresh and hardened concrete problems such as fast and slow setting, air content variations, low strength, cracking, and scaling. Pre-job conferences and dispute resolution methods.

CIM 4200 - Senior Concrete Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: CIM 3000 and senior standing.  Opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of concrete and cement chemistry in a laboratory environment. The student will be evaluated by his/her ability to investigate a concrete situation and resolve the issue with a laboratory project. Graded activities include in-class exercises, written reports, and oral presentations. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 4300 - Concrete Mixture Design
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. A detailed study on the standard practices of designing and proportioning various types of concrete mixtures. Addresses the basic principles that govern the use of different types of cements, aggregates, supplementary cementitious materials, and chemical admixtures in concrete mixture design.

CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Understanding and utilizing decorative concrete design applications, production, stamping, staining, and sealing. Manufacturing of concrete countertops, as well as vertical, flooring, and ornamental applications.

CIM 4500 - Masonry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Use, types, and manufacture of concrete masonry units. Discusses common techniques and technical considerations relating to construction using concrete masonry. Reviews typical laboratory testing procedures used for very specific compliance of concrete masonry units for use in construction.

CIM 4600 - Design, Production, and Manufacture of Precast Concrete
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Covers all relevant topics within the precast concrete industry including design, manufacture, handling, transportation, safety, quality, and erection of precast concrete productions. Helps minimize learning curve as a new professional in the precast industry.

CIM 4700 - Global Concrete Production and Construction Technologie
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. EXL course that Includes a detailed look and hands-on experience in the concrete and construction industries in another part of the world. Classroom lectures include theoretical concepts and cultural expectations during travel; training portion allows students to apply the knowledge while working in a different culture and part of the world.

CIM 4800 - Special Problems in Concrete Industry Management
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Permission of department and declared CIM major. Opportunity to pursue projects of individual interest in concrete industry management. Projects may be technical and/or managerial in nature and may require any combination of literature reviews, lab work, field studies, and other research methods. A faculty member will approve a formally submitted proposal for the study, supervise progress, and grade a report and a presentation which are required upon completion of the project. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of undergraduate credit.

CIM 4910 - Capstone
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CIM 3300 and senior standing; to be taken last semester.  Intensive study of a problem(s) appropriate to the major and the student's career interest. Solution(s) for problem(s) presented to a committee of concrete industry representatives. Presentation must emphasize depth of analysis, completeness and effectiveness of solution, and presentation skills.

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Heather Brown
Heather.Brown@mtsu.edu
615-904-8060

Dr. Heather Brown
Heather.Brown@mtsu.edu
615-904-8060

School of Concrete and Construction Management
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 24
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 

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