When selecting a school in which to study construction engineering students should make sure the program is accredited through the American Council for Construction Education.
Schools with Construction Engineering Programs
The following schools offer programs in construction engineering. Tuition rates are for the 2015-2016 school year.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Levels||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Purdue University-Main Campus||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,002 (In-state) $28,804 (Out-of-state)|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||Raleigh, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,581 (In-state) $24,932 (Out-of-state)|
|The University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,170 (In-state) $25,950 (Out-of-state)|
|Iowa State University||Ames, IO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,736 (In-state) $20,856 (Out-of-state)|
|University of New Mexico-Main Campus||Albuquerque, NM||4-year, Public||Master's||$6,096 (In-state graduate) $20,602 (Out-of-state graduate)|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Lincoln, NE||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$8,367 (In-state undergrad) $22,534 (Out-of-state undergrad) $6,960 (In-state grad) $19,914 (Out-of-state grad)|
|The University of Texas at El Paso||El Paso, TX||4-year, Public||Master's||$4,336 (In-state) $11,517 (Out-of-state)|
|Oregon State University - Bend||Bend, OR||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,107 (In-state) $28,767 (Out-of-state)|
|California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo||San Luis Obispo, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,001(In-state) $20,161 (Out-of-state)|
|North Dakota State University-Main Campus||Fargo, ND||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$8,098 (In-state undergrad) $19,392 (Out-of-state undergrad) $5,440 (In-state grad) $14,524 (out-of-state grad)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
The first thing students should look for when selecting a construction engineering school is accreditation. The American Council for Construction Education accredits more than 50 schools across the United States. All accredited schools adhere to certain standards available for viewing at the council's website (www.acce-hq.org).
It's also important to keep the following in mind:
- Make sure that there is a strong business department within the college or university. Construction engineers should understand planning, organizing, controlling and directing projects from the blueprint to the workers.
- Look for a program that offers internship opportunities and up-to-date computer hardware and software so students can gain real-life experience while using the same technological systems as those on the job site.
- Students may want to consider furthering their education with a master's degree. Master's students can focus on one of several specializations, like management, operations and methods. Online master's programs exist as well.
Students interested in a career building things like bridges, dams, roads, and buildings should consider pursuing a degree in construction engineering. Many schools and universities throughout the United States offer programs accredited through the American Council for Construction Education.