CM Undergraduate Degree (BS)

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 Program Assessment and American Council for Construction Education logo.Action Plan.

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

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.
  • Project engineer.
  • Scheduler.
  • Estimator.
  • Virtual design and 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.

Construction Management Graduates


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Data from MSU Spring 2017 Destination Survey

Image of students using construction materials at Belle Isle.

MSU construction management students work to improve energy efficiency at Belle Isle

February 6, 2019

Eight students from the MSU School of Planning, Design, and Construction Construction Management program worked on a team to assess energy performance and make recommendations for energy improvements to the Belle Isle Boathouse Building.

Image of students from the SPDC Construction Management Program and College of Engineering's Civil Engineering Program holding an MSU Spartan flag in Barton Malow.

SPDC construction management students travel to Barton Malow to gain experience in Building Information Modeling

December 4, 2018

On Oct. 31, students in the SPDC’s CM Program and in the College of Engineering’s Civil Engineering Program had the opportunity to visit the Virtual Design and Construction Center at Barton Malow where students gained firsthand experience in BIM.

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(517) 432-3393
Human Ecology Building, Room 102

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