Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Construction Management (BS)

Construction management professionals combine knowledge of innovative technologies, construction principles and business management to lead a wide variety of construction projects from residential and commercial buildings to infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and large facilities.

Our program teaches students to organize, lead and manage the building process. With new technologies and opportunities, construction executives have large responsibilities and impact daily lives.

The Construction Management program at ASU began over 50 years ago to serve the construction industry of Arizona and the Southwest. In addition to being part of a highly-regarded degree program, you will benefit from our established ties to industry, a strong alumni network, access to internships and professional student organizations.

Our program teaches you to organize, lead and manage the building process. With new technologies and opportunities, construction executives have great responsibilities that impact lives daily through the built environment.

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Construction management professionals combine knowledge of innovative technologies, construction principles and business management to lead a wide variety of construction projects from residential and commercial buildings to infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and large facilities.

Our graduates pursue a wide variety of careers in construction companies such as project managers, estimators, planners, schedulers and project engineers, or work for owners/developers such as facility or project managers.

What will I study?

Construction management education combines engineering and business curricula. Our students get caught up in the excitement of construction, enjoy the education and our job placement is very high. You will become part of the Del E. Webb School of Construction programs and the construction industry family.

You will learn computer and technical skills, math, cost estimating, scheduling, surveying, blueprint reading, contracts, problem solving, people skills, management and leadership.

 The undergraduate degree in construction management offers five areas of emphasis:

  1. Commercial building (general)
  2. Heavy construction (roads, bridges, dams)
  3. Specialty construction (mechanical and electrical)
  4. Residential
  5. Concrete Industry

    Sample flowchart of classes you’ll take »

Two mandatory summer internships—field and managerial—provide hands-on experience and a great opportunity for job placement.

Is this a four-year college degree?

Yes, our bachelor of science in construction is a four-year degree. The curriculum is 60 percent engineering-based and 40 percent business-based. We also offer master’s and PhD degree programs.

Is this an engineering degree?

The Del E. Webb School of Construction is part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, but the construction management degree is not an engineering degree. Our students focus on business and construction management.

How large are my classes?

Although ASU is one of the nation’s largest universities, many courses are divided into small class sections to allow more interaction between students and professors.

Is construction management a good career for women?

Yes. Increasingly, women are pursuing construction careers and are in demand by hiring construction companies. Currently, our enrollment is 13 percent women—our goal is 50 percent. Our mentoring program for women pairs our students with women in the construction industry who know what it takes to be successful.

What classes should I take in high school?

A college preparation curriculum—including math, physics, chemistry, English and computer courses—will help prepare you for college-level work. Since strong communications skills will be important to your success, we also recommend public speaking and writing courses. You will need a minimum 3.0 GPA to be accepted to our school.

What is the job outlook for construction management?

In the past three years, we have had an 85 percent job placement rate at graduation and 100 percent within the first three months following graduation. Not many programs can say that!

What do graduates do?
  • Project engineers for construction companies
  • Estimators (determining construction cost)
  • Planners and schedulers
  • Project managers (oversee entire projects)
  • 25 percent of our graduates either own their own companies or are construction company presidents
Is this a four-year college degree?
  • Yes, our bachelor of science in construction is a four-year degree. The curriculum is 60 percent engineering-based and 40 percent business-based. We also offer master’s and PhD degree programs.

What is the starting salary?
  • The average annual starting salary is $55,000, plus benefits, and often the use of a company vehicle.

Are scholarships available?
  • We award students over $200,000 annually in scholarships, the most in the nation. Generally, students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 can be awarded a scholarship. The average scholarship award is $2,500 per academic year with awards as high as $6,000.

How does the school rank nationally?
  • There is no official ranking for construction schools; however, we are considered one of the top three in the nation.

Do I need construction experience to enter this program?
  • No, this is a technical management program; the skills needed most to succeed are leadership, communication and people skills.

Degree offered

Construction Management, BS
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Location
Tempe

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Application requirements

ASU students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Admission requirements for many majors in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are higher than University admission standards. Please review the Admissions Requirements (PDF) link for a complete list of degree programs requiring higher admission standards.

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Our alumni

Rebecca Freitas started her college experience pursuing a degree in architecture. She soon found that it was too abstract for her, plus she knew she didn’t want to be behind a desk all of the time. With a combination of good math skills and good people skills, Rebecca found her niche at the Del E. Webb School of Construction. Read Rebecca’s story