Construction Management (B.S.)

Construction management students walking together and talking.Construction management involves overseeing the complete process starting from the pre-construction stage where an owner decides what they want to build through planning, design and construction.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

The Construction Management major is nationally accredited by the American Council for Construction Education since 1999. It is one of the earliest established construction management programs in the nation.

For public information about the program, consult our Public Disclosures.American Council for Construction Education logo.

Core areas of study include:

  • Project management.
  • Site planning and development.
  • Building materials and structure.
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM).
  • Planning, scheduling and project control.
  • Commercial, residential and heavy construction.
  • Building construction systems.
  • Construction contracts and documents.
  • Construction safety and protection.
  • Quantity takeoffs, estimating and accounting.
  • Construction business and finance.
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Construction Management

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Construction Management Graduates

$57,675

average starting salary

100%

job placement rate

$68K

top of starting salary range

Data from MSU Spring 2018 Destination Survey

Career Opportunities

Work areas in this profession include project management, building technology, construction science, land development, real estate, finance and marketing – from project start to completion. Construction management has the highest average salary in the U.S. architecture, engineering and construction industry. The national average pay is $115K, varying by experience and position.

Students will have many career options in the construction industry, such as:

  • Project manager/engineer.
  • Scheduler.
  • Estimator.
  • Virtual design/construction manager.
  • Safety manager.
  • Green building auditor.
  • Superintendent.
  • Consultant.
  • Developer.
  • Project controls manager.

Pursuing a graduate degree is also a viable option after graduation.

Professional Development

Students will have the opportunity to connect with leading companies in the U.S. via the annual Construction Management Career Fair. This event helps to expose students to job opportunities in many construction industry sectors, including commercial, residential and infrastructure in locations across the nation. Students can gain professional construction management experience through internships. These experiences will occur with agencies and businesses related to the student’s area of interest within the construction industry.

Opportunities for professional certificates to prepare for leadership in the industry are also available, including Construction Safety and Health Certificate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; LEED Green Associate credential; Associate Construction Certification from the American Institute of Constructors; and Certified Green Professional designation from the National Association of Home Builders.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with construction management companies, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in this industry.


This photo shows the T3 Building in Minneapolis was constructed using cross-laminated timber, or CLT.

MSU received $247K U.S. Forest Service grant to develop tool for cross-laminated timber in commercial building construction

June 20, 2019

The MSU Construction Management program was selected by the U.S. Forest Service to develop a construction time and cost estimating tool for use of CLT in commercial building construction.

Image of students and faculty with the 1st place award.

MSU students place first at the National Association of Home Builders Competition

March 13, 2019

On Feb. 20, 2018, the MSU Construction Management Residential Construction Competition team took first place out of a competitive field of 37 four-year university teams from across the U.S. at the NAHB Student Competition in Las Vegas.


Advisor Information

Student Services Office
517-432-3393
Human Ecology Building, Room 102

Available appointments are posted at the start of each semester for the entire semester. If no appointment times work for your schedule, please email your advisor to arrange an alternate appointment time. Schedule your appointment online. Note: Appointments are NOT available during the summer, Mid-May to mid-August. Advisors are available on a limited basis via email during the summer break.

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