Students choosing a university for construction management usually first consider the available bachelor's and master's degree programs. Students just beginning their education in construction management would pursue a Bachelor of Science, while a Master of Science would prepare students for advanced positions in management.
Schools with Construction Management Degree Programs
Here are a few schools with undergraduate and graduate construction management programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree(s) Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||B.S., M.S. & Ph.D.||$10,158 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,610 (in-state, graduate)|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||B.S. & M.S.||$11,839 (in-state, undergraduate), $15,207(in-state, graduate)|
|Brigham Young University||Provo, UT||4-year, Private not-for-profit||B.S. & M.S.||$5,150 (undergraduate), $6,500 (graduate)|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||Blacksburg, VA||4-year, Public||B.S||$12,485 (in-state)|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, KS||4-year, Public||M.C.M.||$9,029 (in-state)|
|Louisiana State University||Baton Rouge, LA||4-year, Public||B.S., M.S., Ph.D.||$9,714 (in-state, undergraduate), $8,813 (graduate)|
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||B.S.||$6,943 (in-state)|
|University of Oklahoma Norman Campus||Norman, OK||4-year, Public||M.C.M.||$4,577 (in-state)|
|Washington State University||Pullman, WA||4-year, Public||B.S.||$11,967 (in-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
University Selection Criteria
When selecting a program, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Students should consider internship and assistantship possibilities. In a hands-on field like construction management, internships provide students a chance to apply what they've learned in real-life situations and start building their resumes.
- Class scheduling may also impact a student's choice of construction management colleges. Especially for returning students, flexibility in class scheduling, such as night and weekend options, can be important. Some construction management universities may also offer some courses online.
- Students may want to focus on schools accredited by a well-known organization in the field, like the American Council for Construction Education.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
These four-year degree programs have math and science requirements in addition to the core curriculum. The coursework will focus on both technical skills and management skills. Concentration areas may be offered. Coursework may also focus on budgeting, construction estimating, business law, structural design and contract administration.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs in construction management can be completed in two years or less. These programs may offer the option of completing a project or a thesis for a capstone requirement. Coursework may cover advanced construction techniques, construction procurement systems, advanced cost management, project economics and risk analysis.
Construction management positions often requires applicants to have a degree in the field. Luckily for aspiring construction managers, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs are offered in schools across the country.