One of the largest industries in the U.S., construction management is increasingly attracting the attention of higher education. With the right academic credentials, you could be well positioned to earn an impressive salary as a construction manager. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for one was $81,480. And as the U.S. housing industry improves, the construction market is likely to follow, which will create more employment opportunities in the future.
Ferris State University
Ferris State University, located in Big Rapids, Michigan, offers a fully accredited Bachelor’s of Science degree in construction management. The program is open to all high school graduates, and matriculating students have a combined grade point average of 2.8 and and average ACT composite score of 20. The program offers a broad spectrum of courses that cover not only the engineering and technological side of construction, but also the administrative and financial end through courses in management, contracts and cost estimation.
Westwood College offers a bachelor’s degree in construction management narrowly tailored to prepare its students for a competitive marketplace. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, they also have campuses in California, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia. Besides offering courses in physical engineering, they also introduce their students to the business law involved in construction management, as well as the computer software used for architectural design. Additionally, Westwood college students in the construction management program all take a course that focuses on the latest trends in green and sustainable technology.
University of Cincinnati
The Bachelor of Science degree program in construction management at the University of Cincinnati is designed to be completed in five years. The program is subdivided into three tracks of study. The General Studies track is comprised of basic educational requirements, including courses from the liberal arts. Foundation Studies prepare students for the mathematics and science necessary for any construction project. Finally, the Concentrated Studies track intensely focuses on curriculum related to construction, offering both engineering and business classes tailored to future construction executives.
West Carolina University
West Carolina University, or WCU, has its own Department of Construction Management. Offering both a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management and a minor in land development, WCU also provides its students with the opportunity for further study through its graduate program, which offers a Master of Construction Management degree. Besides providing courses that address both the engineering and business ends of construction management, they offer classes that teach communications skills and general leadership.
Based in New York City, Ivan Kenneally has been writing about politics, education and American culture since 2006. His articles have appeared in national publications like the 'Washington Times," "Christian Science Monitor," "Cosmopolitan"and "Esquire." He has an Master of Arts in political theory from the New School for Social Research.