What is Construction Management?
The field of construction management encompasses all facets of the design-build-construct continuum. Construction managers are knowledgeable in areas of construction methods, theories and practices, personnel administration, scheduling, project budgeting, job site health and safety, and project controls.
The bachelor of science program in construction management (CM) combines course work in management, engineering, business, and architecture to prepare students for a career in this exciting area.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank, GPA, and co-curricular activities.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:
- English (4 units)
- Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
- Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
- Social sciences (3 units)
- Electives (5 units)
Successful construction managers have excellent leadership and communication skills that enable them to plan and conduct operations for successful construction projects from design to occupancy.
Typically, they are interested in the challenge associated with working on major construction projects with design and construction professionals, optimizing the use of manpower and materials, solving problems and thinking creatively for successful construction projects. Clear communication, teamwork, and organization are important proficiencies required of CM professionals.
The bachelor of science degree in construction management is a recognized credential for a professional executive career in construction. Graduates typically are employed by general contractors, specialty contractors, construction management firms, building owners, corporate builders, developers, engineering firms, manufacturers, utility companies, government agencies, and educational and health institutions. They often gain responsibility quickly, becoming job-site superintendents, project managers and officers of companies. Placement opportunities are available worldwide.
The construction management program is one of three offered by the Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) at the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). Our faculty comprises registered architects and engineers with industrial as well as teaching experience. The faculty is readily available to discuss academic and career goals with students.
Please note that the construction management curriculum is very demanding and time-consuming. For this reason, we do not recommend that full-time students work part time while in the program. Co-op opportunities with the construction industry often provide rewarding employment and ample income for tuition, books and materials.
Co-op (cooperative education) is a learning experience that enables students to alternate academic studies with paid, on-the-job training. The co-op program is required for all full-time students who wish to receive the bachelor of science degree in construction management. Co-op students participate in a year-round schedule. Each work session is 15 weeks long. Alternating 15-week sessions continue until the fifth and final year, in which all students return to school.
Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice (co-op) experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students website.
Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year.
The construction management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Construction Education (ACCE).