Contractor Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Aspiring contractors can benefit from formal education in construction management. Relevant programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in construction are available at two-year and four-year institutions around the country. These programs can provide relevant training for students who want to work as contractors in this field.

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Schools with Contractor Programs

These schools offer programs in construction management, a useful area of study for contractors:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-16)*
Arizona State University multiple locations in AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $10,158 in-state, $25,458 out-of-state
Grad: $11,304 in-state, $27,790 out-of-state
(for downtown Phoenix campus)
Ohio State University multiple locations in OH 4-year, Public Associate's $10,037 in-state, $27,365 out-of-state
(for main campus)
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate Undergrad: $6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state
Grad: $12,737 in-state, $29,302 out-of-state
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Undergraduate Certificate Undergrad: $13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Master's $10,934 in-state, $20,762 out-of-state
Texas A & M University multiple locations in TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergrad: $5,814 in-state, $15,637 out-of-state
Grad: $4,782 in-state, $11,742 out-of-state
(for central Texas campus)
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $13,560 in-state, $36, 360 out-of-state
Grad: $16,122 in-state, $31,674 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for contractor schools:

  • Students should try to find a program that is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.
  • Students may want to look for schools that provide specific preparation for professional certification exams, such as the Certified Construction Manager designation, the Associate Constructor designation or the LEED Green Associate designation.
  • For students who work or have other scheduling or location constraints, it is important to look into online and part-time learning options.
  • Students may want to explore the internship opportunities offered through the school, which can provide valuable real-world training.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs in construction management give students a basic introduction to the construction industry, and they cover key topics related to contracting, such as cost estimation and control, quality assurance, scheduling and safety monitoring. General education courses are also required. Usually, these programs result in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and can be finished in two years.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

In Bachelor of Science (BS) in Construction Management programs, students gain the technical expertise and management skills they need for success in leadership positions within the construction industry. Programs cover a wide range of construction-related topics, including design, safety, contract negotiation and cost estimation. Some also prepare students for specific certification exams. Students may also have the chance to gain real-world experience through co-op or internship opportunities.

Master's Degree Programs

Master's degree programs in construction management are usually intended specifically for individuals who want to advance to senior-level jobs in the construction industry. Students take advanced technical and business courses, and they may have the chance to choose a concentration in a particular topic of interest, such as construction project management, real estate or sustainability. In order to meet the needs of working professional who want to advance within the field, some schools offer master's-level programs in online or part-time formats.

Doctoral Degree Programs

There are only a few PhD programs available in construction management. They allow candidates to conduct an in-depth investigation on a particular topic in the field, such as the implementation of a certain construction technique or organization management procedure and its economic, environmental and/or social effects. Graduates must submit and defend a final dissertation prior to graduation.

Aspiring contractors can benefit from a degree in construction management. Depending on their academic interests and career goals, students can choose to pursue an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in the field.

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