Construction Management Certificate Programs in Kentucky

There are three schools within Kentucky that have construction management programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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While Kentucky doesn't have any schools with certificate programs in construction management, there are a few institutions offering bachelor's and master's degree programs in the field. In addition to classroom instruction, the programs may offer co-op experiences, summer internships or capstone courses. These three public universities are profiled below.

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is located in Richmond, about 26 miles south of Lexington. Its Bachelor of Science program in construction management has been approved by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and includes courses in construction materials, contracts, mechanical systems, project organization and cost estimating. During the summer semesters following the program's second and third years, students participate in cooperative work experiences to gain hands-on training.

Students who've earned or are earning a bachelor's degree in construction management might also be interested in the 24-credit land surveying certificate program, which includes studies in plane and construction surveying, land-use decisions and GIS cartography. EKU also offers a construction management master's degree program for students interested in pursuing senior-level careers in this field.

Students in these programs can take advantage of labs containing computer-aided drafting and materials fabrication software as well as opportunities to join student chapters of professional contractor organizations.

Northern Kentucky University

Located in Highland Heights, Northern Kentucky University (NKU) sits roughly seven miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio. It offers an ACCE-approved bachelor's degree program in construction management that includes six hours of cooperative education. Core courses cover construction safety, estimating, equipment and cost control. Electives are also available in areas including land planning, heavy construction techniques, building codes and civil design. To round out program requirements, students complete a capstone course where they produce construction documents for a commercial or residential construction project.

Additionally, NKU offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Construction Technology. Program curriculum consists of the same coursework required for the first two years of the bachelor's degree.

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University is situated less than 30 miles north of the Tennessee border in Bowling Green. The university's bachelor's degree program in construction management is available through the Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences, which offers students opportunities to participate in service projects, student organizations and national competitions. Some of the program coursework covers topics in materials strength, construction bidding, construction law, soil mechanics and construction administration. A summer internship must be completed between students' junior and senior years.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Construction Management Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Eastern Kentucky University 4-year, public; distant town Bachelor of Science in Construction Management,
Master of Science in Construction Management
$8,150 in-state; $17,640 out-of-state*
Northern Kentucky University 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Science in Construction Management $9,120 in-state; $17,856 out-of-state*
Western Kentucky University 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Construction Management $9,482 in-state; $24,132 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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