About eight public or private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in Florida have degree or certificate programs that teach construction management principles. Most programs are offered at the undergraduate level, but a few schools also offer graduate construction training. Some programs offer concentrations within the degree. In most cases, associate's degree programs are designed to transfer to a higher degree level, though some do prepare students for immediate employment.
Construction management programs often include some practical element, through internships or capstone projects. In addition, graduate students may be required to complete a thesis or a comprehensive exam.
The main campus for this school is located in Boca Raton, and additional campuses are located in Jacksonville, Sarasota and Orlando. All of these campuses offer a bachelor's degree program in construction management. The program requires 123 credits of coursework that cover management skills relevant to the construction industry. Courses may include construction drawing, construction costs, building codes, electrical codes, building ethics, project management and building contracts. Students can also expect to complete a capstone course.
Florida Institute of Technology
The College of Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne offers a bachelor's degree program that was created in partnership with industry professionals of FIT's Construction Industry Advisory Board. The program incorporates civil engineering concepts and management principles. Students complete 127 credits through courses like business statistics, management fundamentals, air conditioning systems, engineering materials, building safety regulations and electrical systems. Students may attend field trips, learn computer-aided design applications and complete a group construction senior project.
Florida International University
This Miami school has minor, bachelor's and master's programs in construction management. Non-construction management students who have GPAs of at least 2.25 can earn a minor in construction management. Six courses are required to earn this minor; topics include building estimations, safety regulations, interpreting plans, building codes and project management.
Students who want to earn the bachelor's degree in construction management must complete 125 credits. The program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education and includes courses in managerial accounting, building design, construction costs, project management, construction safety and construction drawing. Students who already hold bachelor's degrees in civil engineering, construction management, architecture or related fields may be interested in earning the Graduate Certificate in Construction Engineering and Management. Students must complete three required courses in analyzing construction economics, construction engineering management and construction scheduling. An additional three electives are also required.
Eligible students who already have a bachelor's degree can also pursue a master's degree in construction management. Students complete 30-36 credits and choose either a thesis or non-thesis option. Those who opt for the thesis option also complete an oral exam. Some of the foundation courses include construction estimations, building codes and construction law.
While completing their programs, students can participate in student chapters of various construction organizations, such as the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Association of Women in Construction. The school also has a chapter of Sigma Lambda Chi, the construction field's national honor society.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
This Jacksonville-based college has an associate's program in building construction technology that incorporates construction management principles. Earning the degree requires students to complete 64 credits from courses like building materials, financial accounting, safety regulations, structures and foundations. The program offers networking and internship opportunities through the relationship between the college's Construction Management Advisory Council and the Northeast Florida Builders Association. The college also has relations with other construction organizations, which assist students with practical learning opportunities.
Hillsborough Community College
Hillsborough Community College has multiple campuses located in and around the Tampa area. Construction management programs can be found at the Dale Mabry and Plant City campuses. The Dale Mabry Campus offers an Associate of Arts (AA) in Building Construction Management program, which is meant for students who plan to continue on to 4-year programs. The program teaches development, preparation and management of construction projects. Some of the courses include construction supplies and operations, business calculus, statistics, physics, architectural structures and financial accounting.
The campus in Plant City offers an Associate in Applied Science in Construction Management Technology program for students who want to prepare for immediate employment after graduation. The curriculum covers business basics, materials, costs, plan development, management and blueprints. Program completion requires 67 credits, which includes 16 general education credits and 51 credits focused on construction concepts.
Seminole State College of Florida
This college in Sanford has construction programs available at a variety of levels. In the 21-credit building construction technology certificate program, students can take courses covering building materials, blueprint reading, construction cost control, project management and estimation. Credits from this certificate program can be transferred to the Associate in Science (AS) in Building Construction Technology program. This option can be used to enter the workforce or transfer to a bachelor's program.
The Associate in Arts program in construction also includes some courses that may benefit aspiring construction managers, such as building materials, computer-aided design and economics. This program is designed to transfer to a relevant bachelor's degree program.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) program in construction allows students to choose from concentrations in site planning and real estate development, facilities and property management, project management, building systems and construction management. Some of the courses in the construction management concentration cover construction costs, building information modeling, project scheduling and project management. Students also complete a capstone project and construction management internship, regardless of their concentration selection.
State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota
Bradenton is home to this college, which offers an Associate in Science degree program in construction management technology. Students must earn 67 credits to complete this program, and they can choose between a curriculum designed for transfer to Everglades University's construction management bachelor's program and one that allows for flexibility through electives. Courses in both options include building materials, construction drafting, project management and building estimating.
University of Florida
The University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville has construction management programs in its M.E. Rinker, Sr., School of Building Construction. Students can take courses covering basic construction management principles through the building construction bachelor's program. Before being accepted into this program, students must complete general education and prerequisite courses. The school admits the top 60 students into the upper-level division program each fall and spring semester. In addition to construction management, students may learn about marketing, estimating, structures, contracts and construction safety.
Graduate students have the option of pursuing a Master of Building Construction or a Master of Science in Building Construction, which each have courses that may be useful to construction managers. The program requires students to have bachelor's degrees in construction, engineering, business or architecture. Incoming students must also meet GPA and GRE score requirements. Students can choose a concentration in historic preservation, sustainable construction or sustainable design, or they can opt for a course plan that does not include a concentration. The programs may include course options like advanced construction management, project management and international construction management. Students may also participate in a construction management internship.
Alternatively, UF offers a master's program in international construction management. This program is intended for those who want to work in the global building industry and conduct research related to international construction. Students have the option to choose a concentration in historic preservation. Courses may cover international sustainable construction, construction management, global construction research and advanced construction labor issues. Students must complete a thesis project and may also have opportunities to participate in student teaching experiences.
For those who want to teach at the university level or obtain research positions in the construction industry, the school offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Construction and Planning with a construction management concentration. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in construction or a related field; however, accepted students must complete the master's degree requirements before being granted doctoral candidacy. The program allows students to choose from several specialty areas, ranging from sustainable construction to human resource management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Construction Management Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Everglades University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Science in Construction Management||$17,600*|
|Florida Institute of Technology||4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Science in Construction Management||$41,850*|
|Florida International University||4-year; public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Construction Management,
Minor in Construction Management,
Graduate Certificate in Construction Engineering and Management,
Master of Science in Construction Management
| $6,556 in-district; $6,546 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state (undergraduate)
$11,097 in-state; $23,578 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large city||Associate in Science in Building Construction Technology - Construction Management||$2,878 in-state; $9,992 out-of-state*|
|Hillsborough Community College||2-year; public; large city|| Associate of Arts in Building Construction Management,
Associate in Applied Science in Construction Management Technology
|$2,506 in-state; $9,111 out-of-state*|
|Seminole State College of Florida||4-year, primarily associate's; public; small city|| Building Construction Technology Technical Certificate,
Associate of Science in Building Construction Technology,
Associate in Arts in Construction,
Bachelor of Science in Construction
|$3,131 in-state; $11,456 out-of-state*|
|State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Construction Management Technology||$3,074 in-state; $11,606 out-of-state*|
|University of Florida||4-year; public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Building Construction,
Master of Building Construction,
Master of Science in Building Construction,
Master of International Construction Management,
Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Construction and Planning - Construction Management
| $6,381 in-state; $28,659 out-of-state (undergraduate)
$12,737 in-state; $29,302 out-of-state (graduate)*
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.