Construction work involves building, modifying, and maintaining existing and new commercial or residential buildings. Individuals interested in construction can find programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the state of Massachusetts. Students can enroll in certificate or degree programs related to construction management, construction technology, or engineering. Minors in the field of construction are also available at some schools for undergraduate students.
Springfield Technical Community College
Founded in 1967, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is located in western Massachusetts on the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. STCC offers technical and career preparation programs through day, evening, weekend and online courses. The school offers certificate and associate's degree programs in construction management. STCC also provides career counseling and academic guidance for students in these programs.
The construction management certificate program at Springfield Technical Community College is designed for construction workers who are already employed in the field. Students in this program are generally seeking career advancement opportunities. The construction courses in this program prepare students to manage, schedule and inspect different types of construction projects. In order to earn this certificate, students must complete 28 credits of courses including architectural design, estimating, computer applications and construction management.
The associate's degree program in construction management provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in decision-making positions. The curriculum combines business, construction and management courses. Students gain expertise in a number of areas, including computer-aided drafting (CAD) software, construction materials, project scheduling and surveying. A minimum of 68 credits is necessary to earn this degree. Graduates of this program are able to begin a career or transfer to a 4-year program.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
This 4-year school, located in Amherst, is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts school system. Students will find six associate's degree, 108 bachelor's degree, 76 master's degree and 50 doctoral degree programs at the university's eight schools and colleges.
The school's Department of Environmental Conservation offers a bachelor's degree program in building and construction technology for students interested in the construction field. The program brings together the study of science, technology and business while emphasizing the importance of sustainable building and the efficient use of resources. Students start the program by building a solid foundation of skills in mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer applications and move on to focused coursework in energy conservation, construction methods, building materials technology, design and mechanics of building materials. The program also sharpens technical skills in blueprint reading, contract evaluation, CAD software and building information modeling (BIM) software.
In addition to the bachelor's degree program, the department also offers a minor program in building and construction technology. The 15-credit program requires a minimum of five building and construction technology courses in three academic focus areas.
Wentworth Institute of Technology
With nearly 4,000 students enrolled, Wentworth Institute of Technology sits on a 31-acre campus in Boston, Massachusetts. The school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of technical areas, including both undergraduate and graduate degrees in construction management.
Because project management plays an important role in construction, the bachelor's degree program focuses on the fundamentals of budgeting, scheduling and engineering. Students explore technical and managerial topics and learn how to estimate costs, manage time and resources and build a strong construction team. Coursework also covers safety and risk management in a construction setting. Students have the chance to put their skills to use in this co-operative education program that provides hands-on experience in the field. Students also gain practical experience in the school's cutting edge laboratory facilities.
The master's degree program in construction management helps students to build the strong business skills necessary to gain leadership positions in the construction industry. The program is intended for working professionals; courses can be taken both on-campus and online, allowing individuals to earn this degree while continuing to work. Many instructors are experienced professionals in the field; interacting with instructors and forming strong networking connections are key components of this program. This 30-credit program typically takes about two years to complete.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Construction Programs Available||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Springfield Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Certificate of Completion in Construction Management,
Associate in Science in Civil Engineering Technology (with Construction Management Option
|$5,436 in-state; $11,946 out-of-state*|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||4-year, public; fringe town|| Bachelor of Science in Building and Construction Technology,
Minor in Building and Construction Technology
|$14,171 in-state; $30,504 out-of-state*|
|Wentworth Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management,
Master of Science in Construction Management
|$32,500* ($36,840 graduate tuition)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator