Students in Massachusetts can find a handful of educational programs related to construction management. Associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs are offered at some 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. Students of some programs may be able to study online.
Some programs prepare individuals to take the Massachusetts exam to obtain a Construction Supervisors License, granting them the ability to legally supervise construction, remodeling and demolition of certain limited types of buildings. The following programs are featured at the five Massachusetts-based schools below:
- Construction Technology
- Construction Management
- Building and Construction Technology
- Civil Engineering Technology
Middlesex Community College
A 2-year degree program leading to an associate degree in building construction technology is available from this Bedford college in conjunction with Minuteman Career & Technical High School. Coursework includes house framing, construction safety, estimating, weatherization, stair framing and carpentry. Students learn to read and create blueprints and gain an understanding of the installation of various house mechanical systems, energy-efficient systems, construction business operations and construction management.
Students take general education requirements and courses in business and computer applications at MCC. The building construction technology courses are taught at the high school. Successful completion qualifies students to take the Massachusetts Construction Supervisors Licensing Examination and become construction managers. Financial aid isn't an option for this program.
A 16-quarter hour, online graduate certificate in construction management is available from Northeastern University in Boston. The curriculum consists of four courses in construction management, construction law, safety and alternative project delivery methods. The program is geared toward individuals with bachelor's degrees working in areas such as architecture, engineering and construction that wish to move into management positions. Applicants must submit a resume containing evidence of relevant experience and a statement of purpose.
Springfield Technical Community College
This Springfield college offers an associate degree in civil engineering technology with a degree option in construction management. The program takes approximately four semesters to complete, with 68-69 credit hours. Students can expect to take courses in architectural design, construction estimating, construction management, surveying, project scheduling and transportation engineering. General education coursework is also required.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
A Bachelor of Science in Building and Construction Technology program is provided at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts. This curriculum focuses on the principles of energy conservation, construction, project management and sustainable design practices. Students take courses in human resources management, construction materials and methods, business of building, society and environment and energy-efficient housing. Students may also minor in building and construction technology or a related field, such as environmental science or environmental design.
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston's Wentworth Institute of Technology has associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in construction management. The associate and bachelor's degree programs require applicants to be at least 22 years old and have a minimum of three years of work experience. Graduates of the associate degree program are qualified for positions as construction estimators, field supervisors or inspectors and are well positioned for the bachelor's degree program. The bachelor's and master's degree programs aim to prepare graduates for management positions in construction.
Course topics for the associate degree program cover construction methods, management law, contracts and codes, leadership and management and construction surveying. This is an evening program, and students can transfer up to 32 credits from previous professional and educational experiences. Students will also be awarded four credits for possessing the Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License.
The bachelor's degree curriculum involves courses in structural design, construction management theory and horizontal construction. Topics for the master's degree program include real estate for construction management and executive management, and students complete a capstone research project. Applicants to the graduate program must have a bachelor's degree in construction management or a bachelor's degree with demonstrated ability in management, construction estimating and construction scheduling.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Construction Management Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Middlesex Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Building Construction Technology Associate in Science, Liberal Studies||$6,110 (in-state); $12,062* (out-of-state)|
|Northeastern University||4-year, private nonprofit; large city||Graduate Certificate in Construction Management||$51,522*|
|Springfield Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Science in Civil Engineering Technology||$5,088 (in-state); $10,296* (out-of-state)|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||4-year, public; fringe town||Bachelor of Science in Building and Construction Technology||$15,887 (in-state); $34,570* (out-of-state)|
|Wentworth Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Associate in Applied Science in Building Construction Management,
Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management,
Master of Science in Construction Management
Source: *NCES College Navigator