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.
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.