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What is Construction Management?

Prospective Students

Construction Management refers to the study and practice of a specialized management technique to run the operational and technological aspects of the construction industry.

CM is a professional, 4-year, Bachelor of Science degree program that includes a combination of Engineering, Architecture, and Business.  There are technical elements in the curriculum, but you will not focus on learning a trade or gaining technical expertise.  Although construction experience of any kind is helpful, it is not required for admission to the Construction Management program.

Job prospects for construction managers are very good.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of job openings for construction managers will exceed the number of qualified individuals. Read more in the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s latest Occupational Outlook Handbook.

To learn more about the construction industry and available opportunities, prospective students may attend construction company presentations, held throughout the autumn and winter quarters.  Throughout the year, companies also conduct interviews for summer jobs and paid internships.

Construction Management students are hands-on learners who are interested in a practical degree.  They are often good at math and project management, or they’ve got an interest in architecture, and they enjoy working outside.  CM jobs are available in both the public and private sectors, at government agencies, private corporations, general contractors, specialty contractors, home-builders, consulting firms, real estate developers, and construction material suppliers.  Typical starting positions are in field supervision, management, construction project planning & scheduling, cost estimating, or sales.

Interested in a Construction Management degree or certification?