Construction Management Bachelor's Degree

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Increase your expertise in the entire construction process from the conceptual development stage through final construction. Whether you're a working professional seeking a part-time program or a full-time student with a strong interest in a construction career, this degree will prepare you for a leadership role.

You will improve your knowledge of current industry practices in:

  • design and construction technologies;
  • estimating;
  • contracts and specifications;
  • project management;
  • results measurement;
  • quality assurance.

In addition to these core construction management competencies, choose one of four tracks:

  • Commercial Construction
  • Facility Management
  • Highway Heavy and Civil Works
  • Residential Construction

Don't want to commit to the entire degree? You can enroll for a single course. Just follow these registration steps.

    Admission

    Fall Semester Application Deadline | August 1

    Spring Semester Application Deadline | December 1

    The Construction Management degree accepts applications from students with some college credits. You may apply at either Premajor (30+ transferable credits amassed) or Major (45+ transferable credits amassed) status.

    The curriculum has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to fill leadership roles in the construction or facility management industries. Read more about program outcomes and competencies.

    Premajor Admission Criteria

    Major Admission Criteria

    • 45+ transferable premajor credits
    • 2.5+ GPA
    • Completion of (or in progress): Math of Design or equivalent; Physics I; Construction Plan Reading with grade of C- or better

    Secondary Review Factors

    • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance
    • Nonacademic experience in a related field
    • Work experience, paid or unpaid
    • Extenuating circumstances

    In addition to meeting specific college admission requirements, transfer students must be eligible to return to their previous colleges or universities. The University also reserves the right to deny admission to an otherwise admissible applicant if the University determines that the applicant's enrollment would not be in the applicant's and/or the University's best interest.

    Courses

    You'll work with your adviser to construct a plan with 120 semester credits, including 85−88 within the major. Students all take the same core courses plus select a track in one of the four areas below. 

    Current U of M Students: You can run a "what if" APAS report to see how your coursework might meet the construction management program requirements.

    Transfer Students: Sometimes prerequisite courses can be taken at community colleges. Visit the Transfer Guide related to your college to see how your coursework might transfer. 

    In addition, an adviser would be happy to analyze your transcript and send you a report of what transfers.

    Students can apply to the program after completing some college credits (at least 30 for “premajor” and 45 for “major" status). These count toward your 120 credit total. When taken at the University, these courses include:

    • Calculus I (Mathematical Thinking LE) (Math 1142 or 1271)
    • Physics I and Lab (Physical Science LE) (Phys 1101W or 1107 or 1301W)
    • Construction Plan Reading (CMgt 3011)
    • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics (Econ 1101 or 1102, or APEC 1101 or 1102)
    • English Composition (Writ 1301 or 1401)
    • Technical Writing (ABus 4023W, or Writ 3001 or 3152W or 3562W, or Phys 1101W or 1301W)
    • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (Comm 1101 or 1313W or 3402 or 3411, or PSTL 1461, or WRIT 3257)
    • Financial Accounting (Acct 2050)
    • Introduction to Construction (CMgt 3001)
    • Introduction to Management (ABus 4022 or Mgmt 3001)
    • Engineering Graphics/AutoCAD (Comm, H/H, Res) (CMgt 2019)
    • Facility Programming and Design (Facility Management) (CMgt 3024W)
    • Management and HR Practices (FM) (ABus 4104)

    All Construction Management majors take the same core courses:

    Course Name Credits Format
    Construction Documents and Contracts (CMgt 4011) 3 classroom
    Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers (ABus 4013W) 3 blended
    Construction Planning and Scheduling (CMgt 4021) 3 classroom
    Construction Estimating (CMgt 4022) 3 classroom
    Construction Safety and Loss Control (CMgt 4031) 3 classroom
    Specifications and Technical Writing for Construction Professionals (CMgt 4041W) 3 classroom
    Construction Management Internship (CMgt 4196) 3 classroom
    Sustainability for Construction Managers (CMgt 4471) 2 online
    Construction Management Capstone (CMgt 4861) 2 classroom
    Accounting and Finance for Managers (ABus 4101) 3 online
    Introduction to Marketing (ABus 4701) 3 online

    Commercial Track

    Required Courses
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Surveying and Mapping (CEGE 3202) 2 fall, summer
    Materials and Structures II (CMgt 4545) 4 spring
    Construction Accounting (CMgt 4201) 2 fall
    Building Energy Systems (CMgt 4542) 3 spring
    Building Envelope Design and Construction (CMgt 4562) 2 fall
    Materials and Structures I (CMgt 4544) 4 fall
    Electives (up to 5 credits)
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Management and Human Resource Practices (ABus 4104) 3 fall, spring
    Real Estate Development and Finance (ABus 4217) 2 fall
    Architecture and Ecology (Arch 4561) 3 spring
    Building Testing and Diagnostics (SSM 4416) 2 spring
    Renewable Energies Technologies (SSM 4733) 3 spring
    Environmental Engineering (CEGE 3501) 3 fall, spring
    Steel and Reinforced Concrete Design (CEGE 4401) 3 fall, spring
    Building Codes for Construction Managers (CMgt 4073) 1 fall, spring
    Managing Erosion and Sediment Control (CMgt 4081) 1 summer
    Directed Study (CMgt 4193) 1-3 every semester
    Additional Internship (CMgt 4196) 1-9 every semester
    Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning (CMgt 4215) 2 spring
    Advanced Construction Estimating (CMgt 4422) 2 spring
    Topics in Construction Management (CMgt 4550) varies fall, spring
    Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering (LA 3571) 3 fall

    For course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.
    For course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), visit the Class Search.

    Highway Heavy/Civil Works Track

    Required Courses
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Surveying and Mapping (CEGE 3202) 2 fall, summer
    Materials and Structures (CMgt 4545) 4 spring
    Construction Accounting (CMgt 4201) 2 fall
    Transportation Engineering (CEGE 3201) 3 fall, spring
    Highway Design (CEGE 4201) 3 spring
    Electives (up to 7 credits)
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Environmental Engineering (CEGE 3501) 3 fall, spring
    Managing Erosion and Sediment Control (CMgt 4081) 1 summer
    Directed Study (CMgt 4193) 1-3 every semester
    Additional Internship (CMgt 4196) 1-9 every semester
    Advanced Construction Cost Estimating (CMgt 4422) 2 spring
    Topics in Construction Management (CMgt 4550) varies fall, spring
    Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering (LA 3571) 3 fall
    Soil Mechanics I (CEGE 3301) 3 fall, spring
    Fluid Mechanics (CEGE 3502) 4 fall, spring
    Pavement Analysis, Design, and Rehab (CEGE 4251) 4 fall
    Pavement Engineering and Management (CEGE 4253) 3 spring
    Hydrologic Design (CEGE 4501) 4 fall, spring
    Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRIR 3021) 3 every semester

    For course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.
    For course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), visit the Class Search.

    Residential Track

    Required Courses
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Materials and Structures II (CMgt 4545) 4 spring
    Construction Accounting (CMgt 4201) 2 fall
    Building Testing and Diagnostics (SSM 4416) 2 spring
    Systems Approach to Residential Construction (SSM 4413) 4 spring
    Advanced Residential Building Science with Lab (SSM 4414) 4 fall
    Electives (up to 5 credits)
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Managing Erosion and Sediment Control (CMgt 4081) 1 summer
    Directed Study (CMgt 4193) 1-3 every semester
    Additional Internship (CMgt 4196) 1-9 every semester
    Advanced Construction Cost Estimating (CMgt 4422) 2 spring
    Topics in Construction Management (CMgt 4550) varies fall, spring
    Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering (LA 3571) 3 fall
    Management and Human Resource Practices (ABus 4104) 3 fall, spring
    Real Estate Development and Finance (ABus 4217) 2 fall
    Architecture and Ecology (Arch 4561) 3 spring
    Renewable Energies Technologies (SSM 4733) 3 spring
    Building Codes for Construction Managers (CMgt 4073) 1 fall, spring

    For course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.
    For course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), visit the Class Search.

    Facility Management Track

    Required Courses
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Real Estate Development and Finance (ABus 4217 ) 2 fall
    Building Energy Systems (CMgt 4542) 3 spring
    Building Envelope Design and Construction (CMgt 4562) 2 fall
    Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning (CMgt 4215) 2 spring
    Facility Cost Accounting and Finance (CMgt 4211) 2 fall
    Facility Operations and Maintenance Intensive (CMgt 4213) 3 fall
    Management and Human Resource Practices (ABus 4104) 3 fall, spring
    Electives (up to 6 credits)
    Course Name Credits Offered
    Building Testing and Diagnostics (SSM 4416) 2 spring
    Managing Erosion and Sediment Control (CMgt 4081) 1 summer
    Directed Study (CMgt 4193) 1-3 every semester
    Additional Internship (CMgt 4196) 1-9 every semester
    Topics in Construction Management (CMgt 4550 ) varies fall, spring
    Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering (LA 3571) 3 fall
    Renewable Energies Technologies (SSM 4733) 3 spring
    Building Codes for Construction Managers (CMgt 4073) 1 fall, spring
    Structural Frames and Building Design/Construction (CMgt 4572) 3 fall

    For course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.
    For course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), visit the Class Search.

    Special Topics Courses

    Course Name Credits Offered
    Innovative Contracting (CMgt 4001) 1 fall, odd years
    Lean Construction (CMgt 4550) 1 spring, odd years, online
    Building Codes Observations: Walking Inspection (CMgt 4550) 1 spring, odd years
    Managing with BIM (Building Information Modeling) (CMgt 4003) 1 fall, odd years
    Construction Industry through Time and Tomorrow (CMgt 4000) 2 fall, even years, online

    Your plan also will include Liberal Education and Writing Intensive requirements, plus lower division course work in math, physics, plan reading, economics, management, accounting, and communication.

    While you can transfer credits from other institutions, 30+ of your 120 credits (at a GPA of 2.0+) must be taken at the U of M, including 24 after admission; 18 must be construction science (contact an adviser for details).

    For more information about these requirements, visit One Stop.

    Career Outlook

    Graduate snapshot, year one; averages of the years 2010−15 (Source: U of M Career and Internship Services Surveys)

    • 90% Paid employment 
    • 82% Job closely/
      somewhat related to major
       
    • $51K Median income 

    Some positions of our graduates:

    • Corporate Sustainability Coordinator    
    • Field Engineer
    • Project Manager    
    • Estimator
    • Vice President    
    • Senior Designer    
    • Superintendent
    • Regional Accounts Manager    
    • Engineering Technician II    
    • Field Project Manager    
    • Property Claims Adjuster    
    • Field Construction Manager
    • Test Shop Technician    
    • Contractor

    Visit Career and Internship Services for more alumni data, job search and internship resources, and employment listings.

    Connect with other U of M students and alumni to share job, internship, and volunteer information on GoldPASS.

    Career Paths by Track

    Office. Medical. Retail. Hospitality. Public service. Entertainment. Education. Industry. Tenant improvements.

    Commercial projects generally serve public or private stakeholders and a broad constituency of user groups. 

    Your business card might read:

    • Project Engineer
    • Project Superintendent
    • Estimator
    • Scheduler
    • Safety Coordinator
    • Quality Control Coordinator or Tester
    • Construction Accountant
    • Project Manager
    • Project Principal
    • Owner’s Construction or Project Representative
    • Preconstruction Services Consultant
    • BIM (Building Information Modeling) Modeler or Coordinator
    • Architectural Construction Coordinator
    • Marketing and Development Principal

    Types of companies you might work for:

    • General Contractors
    • Specialty Sector Contractors: Electrical, Mechanical, Energy, etc.
    • Subcontractors
    • Material Suppliers and Distributors
    • Equipment Suppliers and Distributors
    • Testing and Inspection Company
    • Real Estate Developers
    • Corporations with extensive real property holdings

    Graduates of the residential track work on projects from single-family homes to multifamily, multilevel apartments and condominiums, and from new construction to full remodeling and restoration. 

    Your business card might read:

    • Project Engineer
    • Project Superintendent
    • Estimator
    • Scheduler
    • Safety Coordinator
    • Quality Control Coordinator or Tester
    • Construction Accountant
    • Project Manager
    • Corporate Principal
    • Owner’s Construction or Project Representative
    • Residential Sales Associate
    • Residential Design Adviser
    • Marketing and Development Principal

    Types of companies you might work for:

    • Residential Contractors
    • General Contractors (primarily large multistory residential)
    • Specialty Contractors
    • Subcontractors
    • Material Suppliers and Distributors
    • Equipment Suppliers and Distributors
    • Home Service and Maintenance
    • Real Estate Developers
    • Corporations with extensive residential real property holdings

    Roads. Bridges. Tunnels and dams. Water. Sewer. Stormwater. Energy. Power grid. Utilities. Transportation. Natural resources. Mining. Ports and harbors.

    Typically commissioned by government, these types of construction projects involve a variety of resources, often are very complex, and serve the public at large.

    Your business card might read:

    • Project Engineer or Field Technician
    • Project Superintendent
    • Estimator
    • Scheduler
    • Safety Coordinator
    • Quality Control Coordinator or Tester
    • Construction Accountant
    • Senior Project Manager or Principal
    • Owner’s Construction or Project Representative
    • Preconstruction Services Consultant
    • BIM (Building Information Modeling) Modeler or Coordinator
    • Marketing and Development Principal

    Types of companies you might work for:

    • Highway and Civil Works Contractors
    • General, Utility, Specialty Contractors
    • Testing and Quality Assurance
    • Material Suppliers and Distributors
    • Equipment Suppliers and Distributors
    • Energy Generating and Distribution
    • Preconstruction
    • Government
    • Public Development Authorities
    • Transit System Authorities (airport, tunnel, bus, rail)

    The facility manager is in charge not only of the physical structure, but also the user experience, how the building can be cost effectively fitted and re-fitted for a purpose, even as that purpose is constantly changing.

    Your business card might read:

    • Facility Manager
    • Asset Manager
    • Project Coordinator
    • Design and Relocation Coordinator
    • Space Planner
    • Systems or Operations Manager
    • Industrial Systems Coordinator
    • Facility Engineer
    • Owner’s Construction or Project Representative
    • Energy Services Coordinator
    • Maintenance Manager
    • Property Manager

    Types of companies you might work for:

    • External Facility Services Contractors
    • Corporate Facility Services
    • Municipal, State, and Federal Agencies
    • Public Utilities
    • Facility Management and Real Property Consultancies
    • Real Estate Developers
    • Public Development Authorities
    • Transit System Authorities (airport, tunnel, bus, rail)

    Internships

    Construction Management Internship Video

     

    An internship provides you with a hands-on opportunity to apply your classroom learning and is a great transition to employment. It is intended for students who have some advanced skills and knowledge and have completed many of the core courses in the major, particularly estimating, planning and scheduling, and documents and contracts. 

    If you already have a job, you don't have to find a new one—you can work with your present employer to explore new responsibilities in an area of the company you haven’t yet fully experienced.

    Contact the internship coordinator if you have any questions: seltz011@umn.edu.

    Information for Employers

    Creating meaningful construction management internships can be a huge boost to your organization. Construction Management students ready to intern will bring AutoCAD and plan reading skills, and they usually also have contract, scheduling, estimating, and safety coursework under their belts. Internships can last for three to six months, and students may complete multiple internships. Compensation typically ranges from $15−20 per hour.

    Review tips on creating a position, post your position at GoldPass, and send it to cceintrn@umn.edu. For more information, email Peter Hilger at aphilger@umn.edu.

    Student Experience

    Student Life

    • Construction and Facility Management Student Association: This group's core mission is to provide a base for student involvement in campus and community activities. Members can participate in industry-related activities, help current students by mentoring or tutoring, and be involved with other campus groups. Membership is open to any U of M student, regardless of college.
    • Construction Management and Facilities Management Alumni Association: This is the official network for University of Minnesota Construction Management and Facilities Management graduates.
    • Facebook: Please email the CFMSA at cfmsa@umn.edu to request membership.
    • LinkedIn: A networking site for the Construction Management program and all interested stakeholders.
    • Construct*ium
    • Sigma Lamba Chi: Construction Management Honor Society
    • Learning Abroad Program
    • Writing Enriched Curriculum: The Construction Management curriculum offers a comprehensive answer to the question “What does effective written communication look like in construction management?” Each course syllabus contains writing assignments specifically oriented to the WEC objectives. We have also developed a “Construction Management Student Writing Style Guide,” which is available on the Moodle site of each course, along with instructional videos. The entire WEC process is described by its developers in an article in the International Journal of Construction Education and Research.
    • Quiz Bowl: A clip from the inaugural Quiz Bowl in March 2012 (the winning team was from the University of Wisconsin−Stout). The 2013, 2014, and 2015 Quiz Bowl champion teams were from the University of Minnesota!
    • Final Four 
    • Construct*ium Pentathlon
    • Student Profiles 

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