Dr. Janice Hironaka
Success in the trillion-dollar construction industry requires an understanding of project management, construction science, land acquisition and development, real estate, finance and marketing.
Construction management is a profession incorporating both the management and technological aspects of the construction industry. Career opportunities include commercial and residential contracting, land development, real estate organizations, materials distribution, financial institutions and governmental agencies.
The Michigan State University (MSU) Construction Management major is nationally accredited by the American Council for Costruction Education (ACCE). Only about half of all four-year programs in the country are accredited.
The Construction Management major is designed to provide students with a background in project management, technological building practices, and the economic, social, political and environmental aspects of residential and commercial construction.
Students take classes in contracts, finance, estimating, scheduling, project management, real estate, structural design, accounting, building codes, business law, safety and materials. Students gain real-world experiences through a well-established internship program.
Enrollment in the Construction Management major is limited. Factors used in consideration for admission to the upper-level courses include:
- Overall number of credits and GPA;
- Completion of and GPA in specific courses in calculus, physics, statistics and economics; and
- Completion of and GPA in construction management courses 101, 124, 210, 211, 222 and 230.
Core Areas of Study
- Construction project management
- Sustainable built environments
- Construction managemnet information systems
- Lean construction
- International project management
Students get professional construction management experience through a well-established internship program. These experiences will be with agencies and businesses related to the student’s area of interest within the construction industry.
- Building equipment contractors
- Commercial Building construction
- Residential building construction
- Building contractors
- Project management
- Project engineer
- Production supervisor
- Site manager
- Construction coordinator