This article identifies two of the best graduate degree programs in construction management in the U.S. One program is based out of California, while the other is found in Texas, though both schools have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among top schools to offer civil engineering programs, such as those leading to degrees in construction management. Both master's and doctoral degree programs are available, and graduate students may choose from a number of tracks in specialized fields terminating in a thesis paper.
1. Stanford University in Stanford, California
|School Highlight:Stanford University tied for 3rd among grad schools offering civil engineering programs in 2015, per U.S. News & World Report.|
Stanford's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. programs in three construction course tracks, including construction engineering and management, design-construction integration, and sustainable design and construction. The M.Eng. program requires a research thesis and an additional 45 course units beyond the M.S. curriculum, while the doctoral program requires another 45 units beyond the M.Eng. program.
2. Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
|School Highlight: In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas A&M 15th among the top U.S. schools that offer graduate programs in civil engineering.|
Construction engineering and management is a concentration within the school's M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. civil engineering programs. Students may also choose to specialize in infrastructure management and security, which is the study of large-scale infrastructure systems, such as waste management, communications, transportation, and public facilities.
Top U.S. Schools Construction Management Graduate Programs
|Arizona State University||Students in the M.S. or Ph.D. program without sufficient previous coursework in the field may be assigned additional classes||Tempe, AZ|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Ranked 5th among graduate schools offering civil engineering programs in 2015, per U.S. News & World Report||Atlanta, GA|
|Michigan State University||Hosts the Housing Education and Research Center (HERC)||East Lansing, MI|
|Purdue University||Offers the M.S. in Building Construction Management program online||West Lafayette, IN|
|University of California - Berkeley||The best grad schools offering civil engineering programs in 2015 according to the U.S. News & World Report||Berkeley, CA|
|University of Florida||Home to ten centers, five institutes, and four programs focused on design, construction, and planning||Gainesville, FL|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Tied for 2nd among grad schools offering civil engineering programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report||Urbana, IL|
|University of Texas at Austin||Hosts the Center for Construction Industry Studies||Austin, TX|
|University of Washington - Seattle||Hosts the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education (PNCCRE)||Seattle, WA|