FAQ for BS in Construction Management

How long does it take to finish the prerequisites for the undergraduate program?
It takes three to four quarters to complete the prerequisites for the program, so students should start to take classes they need by the end of their Freshman year.

How will my CM degree help me start my career?

Besides providing students with the fundamental knowledge needed to excel in their field, the CM degree provides multiple opportunities for networking and connecting to the industry. Those students with a specific interest, such as green building, residential construction, or infrastructure, for example, may choose electives, a capstone project and an internship that further their study in this area. In addition, all students are required to complete a Summer Internship Program with a construction industry employer during the summer between their junior and senior years. These internships frequently lead to jobs.

What is the placement rate for the program?
The CM Program has enjoyed nearly 100 percent placement of graduates during the past decade. The program remains current and responsive to industry needs through curricular feedback that is obtained regularly from graduates and employers of graduates to improve program quality. In addition, an active Industry Advisory Council helps identify program curricular improvements.

Can I get academic credit for work experience?
If you’ve been working in the industry, note that the CM department adheres to the policy of the UW and does not award general credit for work or life experience. However, two avenues exist for obtaining credit under selected circumstances. Once enrolled in the CM department, students may explore the possibility of obtaining departmental approval for transfer of credit earned through course work taken at an unaccredited institution. Student may also arrange to challenge specific UW courses via credit by examination if the same knowledge has been gained through independent study outside a formal educational setting.