Dozens of U.S. colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in building and construction. The American Council for Construction Education has accredited more than 80 associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctoral programs.
Southwestern College in California, for example, offers an associate degree in construction inspection and a two-year degree in construction management. Construction inspectors verify that contractors and subcontractors comply with the architect’s plans and building codes. Construction management students learn about construction methods and materials, building codes, cost analysis and construction scheduling. Arizona-based Penn Foster College offers an online associate degree in construction technology that includes basic surveying, technical drawings and technology tools used in construction. Texas State Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science in building construction science technology. Students learn about blueprints, OSHA regulations and other topics taught in campus labs and in the field.
The School of Business at California-based Westwood College, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, offers a bachelor's degree in construction management that includes the study of eco-friendly construction techniques. Westwood College offers the four-year program at its campuses in California, Georgia, Illinois, Colorado and Virginia. The College of Technology at Ferris State University in Michigan offers a four-year degree program in construction management that integrates business education, technical instruction and construction-related computer software into the curriculum. Construction management students can concentrate in commercial/industrial construction or highway/bridge/construction. The College of Technology at Purdue University in Indiana offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in building construction management. Purdue says its graduates can find jobs as project managers, field engineers, construction superintendents and estimators.
Clemson University in South Carolina offers a Master of Construction Science and Management with programs on campus and online. The university reports that students earn a master’s degree to gain more expertise, to prepare to teach at a technical college or university or for career advancement. The School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a master's degree in construction management to working professionals who already have an undergraduate degree. For qualified applicants, this 30-hour degree can be completed online in 18 months. It’s an alternative to a Master of Business Administration for working professionals in construction or engineering careers, according to the university.
The School of Architecture at Georgia Tech offers a doctoral program in building construction that requires a written dissertation following completion of this advanced field of study. Graduates often work at universities, for government agencies, at research and development firms and at private corporations, the university reports. The University of Colorado at Boulder has a Ph.D. program in construction engineering and management. Students choose an emphasis in the university’s civil engineering program or architectural engineering program.