Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to the Bachelor of Science Degree from the Department of Construction Management.

If you have additional questions after reading through those listed below, please contact the CM Adviser for emailed responses.

Frequently Asked Questions – CM Bachelor’s Degree Program

What is Construction Management?

Construction Management refers to the study and practice of the managerial and technological aspects of the construction industry (including construction, construction science, construction management, and construction technology).  Click HERE for a description of Construction Management from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Is Construction Management a technical degree?

No.  Construction Management is not a technical degree.  Construction Management is a professional, 4-year, Bachelor of Science degree program. There are technical elements in the curriculum, but you will not be learning a trade nor gaining technical expertise.

Can I take undergraduate classes online?

No.  At this time, we do not have an online option for the undergraduate program.  However, there is an online Master’s degree program and an online certificate program.

Can I take CM classes if I am not a CM major?

Yes.  If you are a UW student, you may take up to one CM class per quarter with permission from the course instructor.  This is permission is the sole discretion of the instructor and they are under no obligation to allow non-CM majors into their courses.  Many CM classes have prerequisites, as such, after Winter quarter of your junior year it will be increasingly difficult to take CM classes as a non-major.  Non-UW students may also request permission from the instructor, and if allowed, can enroll in classes as a non-matriculating student.

Will you accept my work experience in construction for academic credit in the program?

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 program, you may explore the possibility of obtaining departmental approval for the transfer of credit earned through course work taken at an unaccredited institution.  You 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.

Do you have to know how to do construction in order to study construction management?

Although construction experience of any nature is helpful, it is not required for admission to the construction management department.

What are the job prospects for construction managers given the economy?

Not as bad as one might think. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job prospects for construction managers are expected to be excellent because the number of job openings will exceed the number of qualified individuals. Read more in the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s latest Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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 an 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.

If I apply but don’t get accepted to the program, can I reapply?

Yes, you may reapply.  However, it is strongly recommended that you meet with an adviser to discuss your plans for the year while you wait to reapply.

How competitive is it to get into the undergraduate Construction Management program?
Every year is a little different, but generally speaking, competitive applicants have cumulative GPAs about 3.0; grades above 3.0 in physics, calculus, financial accounting, economics and statistics; and strong recommendations from professional references.
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.

If I want to do a Dual Degree in Architecture and CM can I still study in Rome?

Yes, it is possible to spend the autumn quarter of your fourth year of study in Rome, but students must schedule their required classes very carefully to make sure they can complete the Dual Degree in five years.

What is your Equal Opportunity Policy?
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