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Integrated Project Delivery


Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures, and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction. The use of this project delivery method is becoming widely used and there is a need to teach the principles of the method to future practitioners.

The Integrated Project Delivery Certificate Program provides students greater market appeal to employers who are looking for professionals that can work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary project team and understand how to use IPD principles to enhance design and streamline construction. The opportunity to develop interdisciplinary collaborative skills in academia is essential to improving the experience of students and ensuring they are prepared for the future workforce.

There are four courses comprising the certificate. Students must complete three of the courses totaling 9 credit hours to receive the certificate. All courses are offered online and asynchronous allowing students and professionals regardless of their location to participate. Each of the courses also satisfies 12 Continuing Education Credits for licensed architects.

  • ARCH 8330/CSM 8330: Fundamentals of Integrated Project Delivery Systems (3 credits) 
    • This course reviews the major project delivery systems using a studio format.  Students will describe, analyze and select the most appropriate delivery system for a specific project.  The class will address Integrated Project Delivery as a project delivery method, focusing on essential concepts, characteristics, differences, advantages and disadvantages.
  • ARCH 8340/CSM 8340 - Team Building, Communication and Collaboration for Integrated Project Delivery Systems (3 credits)
    • Students in this course will engage in the analysis and creation of teams and the process of team building in a collaborative working environment.  Students will learn and practice effective communication, leadership and teamwork skills using technology-based and traditional applications.
  • ARCH 8350/CSM 8350 - Integrated Project Delivery Case Studies  (3 credits) 
    • This course will allow students to learn from existing case studies in order to understand how Integrated Project Delivery is put into practice.  Students will analyze RFQ's, RFP's, contracts, management methods, and techniques used in Integrated Project Delivery projects. Students will also suggest appropriate improvements to the existing projects in order to promote more effective teamwork.
  • ARCH 8360/CSM 8360 - Managing Integrated Project Delivery (3 credits)
    • Students in this course will research, analyze and select various design and construction management processes related to Integrated Project Delivery. Students will learn to set project goals, develop ethical guidelines and use new technologies to develop collaborative work environments implementing client-oriented design and construction services.

If you have additional information, please contact Sallie Hambright-Belue at or Shima Clarke at

Interested students need to complete the minimum credit hours prior to graduation; submit a completed Graduate Certificate Curriculum Form to the School office for signatures; and submit this signed form with the required form for requesting graduation.  The earned certificate will be acknowledged on the recipient's academic transcript.

(For these Graduate School forms and submission procedures, see