School and Ranking Information
There are only four not-for-profit schools in the Denver area offering programs related to construction management. Based on school rankings, program levels offered and number of degrees awarded in construction management, these three schools top the list:
- Winner: The University of Denver is the only area school to offer a 4-year degree in this field; it offers a bachelor's degree and master's degree in construction management. The school also offers students the opportunity to work while in school.
- Runner Up #1: Arapahoe Community College offers a certificate and associate's program. This school is located just outside the Denver city limits and offers programs that focusing on the business and estimating side of construction management.
- Runner Up #2: Aims Community College also offers certificate and associate's degree programs and has the most affordable tuition on the list, however this school is located just over 50 miles from Denver.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Denver||Arapahoe Community College||Aims Community College|
|Ranking||#91 National University in the West on 2014 list,
#10 Up-and-Coming Schools on 2014 list
#127 High School Counselor Rankings on 2014 list**
|Location||Denver, CO||Littleton, CO (About 6.7 miles from Denver)||Greeley, CO (About 54.5 miles from Denver)|
|School Type||4-year, private-not-for-profit||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013)||$39,177 (undergraduate, in-state and out-of-state)
38,526 (graduate, in-state and out-of-state)*
|$2,898 (undergraduate, in-state)
$11,293 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
|$2,115 (undergraduate, in-district)
$3,036 (undergraduate, in-state)
$10,704 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
|Construction Management Levels Offered||Bachelor's and Master's degrees||Associate's degree and Certificate||Associate's degree and Certificate|
|Construction Management Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||5*||6*||9*|
|Most Popular Construction Management Program (2012)||Bachelor's - Construction Management*||Associate's and Certificate - Building/Construction Site Management*||Associate's - Building/Construction Site Management*|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time for students)||76% ( started in Fall 2006)*||17% (started in Fall 2009)*||22% ( started in Fall 2009)*|
|Noteworthy||Is rated sixth among research and doctoral colleges and universities in the United States for the percent of undergraduate students who study abroad||Is the first community college to be founded in the Denver area||Has the most affordable tuition rates in the Front Range region|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U. S. News & World Report.
Winner: University of Denver
- Honored by the Huffington Post as the 15th best collaborative small college in the country in 2013
- U.S. News and World Report ranked the Daniels College of Business No. 72 among undergraduate business schools in the U.S. in 2014
- The student-faculty ratio at the university was 11:1 in 2012
The Bachelor's of Science - Construction Management degree combines business, construction management and real estate courses to prepare students to oversee construction of residential and commercial projects. They take courses about construction codes and documents, real estate finance and residential or commercial construction systems. As a culminating experience, students must complete six sequential courses in residential and commercial practical experience.
Students can complete the Bachelor's of Science - Construction Management program with 185 credit hours in general education, business, real estate and construction courses. Of these, 48-52 come from classes in introductory real estate, construction estimating and project scheduling. Other required classes include business law, public policy and real estate appraisal. Students must complete an international experience, either in a course with content looking outside the United States or as a global scholar.
Giving students flexibility to work while they attend classes, the Master's of Science - Real Estate and Construction Management program is available online or on campus. It can be completed in 12-60 months, which is approximately 1-5 years. The curriculum includes six required courses and between six and eight electives in real estate topics like ethics, computers and income property finance. Students can choose from 33 electives in real estate or construction management to finish the remaining 26 credit hours.
Runner-Up #1: Arapahoe Community College
- Has over 100 degree and certificate programs
- Serves over 21,000 students annually
- The average age of students who attend Arapahoe Community College is 27.6
Arapahoe's Associate's of Applied Science program will get graduates ready for a leadership position in the construction sector. The program has a business concentration and students will learn in inner workings of areas such as business, construction technology, energy technologies, and principles of architecture. The curriculum is 66 credit hours and 50 of the hours are major course requirements.
The Construction Management - Estimating Certificate will enable students to learn about commercial and residential print reading and how it relates to the building trades industry. Basic construction estimating will also be introduced to students as well. The curriculum is only six credit hours long and construction estimating along with print reading will be studied in coursework.
Runner-Up #2: Aims Community College
- In 2011-2012, 2,026 students at Aims were given a Pell grant based on studies by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
- Nearly 30 clubs and organizations on campus
- In 2010, nearly $19 million in grant or scholarship aid was awarded to undergraduate students according to NCES
Aims Community College's Associate in Applied Science - Building/Construction Site Management program will prepare students for careers in project management, general contracting, scheduling, financial, technical sales, estimating, and real estate development. For students to complete the program, they have to earn 60 to 64 credit hours. Students will be instructed during coursework in areas such as drafting, cost analysis, project management, applied statics, print reading, and surveying. The Basics of Construction Management Certificate is six credit hours and will cover construction scheduling and construction project management.