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Construction Management - B.S.

Build your future with the Construction Management bachelor's degree program. Our program prepares graduates for leadership in the increasingly complex, sophisticated and rewarding field of construction management through access to advanced technologies, leading experts, hands-on training and industry insights that prepare you to lead in a variety of construction management roles.

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management prepares students for professional careers in the management of construction projects. We provide a management-oriented technical curriculum built upon a balanced program of studies drawn from a variety of disciplines related to construction management. Included are a strong knowledge and understanding of construction safety, document reading, estimating, and scheduling. 

The construction management concentration is a professional-service approach that applies effective management techniques to the planning design and oversight of the building and management of construction projects. The presence of major construction firms and large architect/engineering firms in the region provides ample internship opportunities. The migration to green technology emphasis and increasingly sophisticated construction projects require stronger project management emphasis, making this program viable well into the future.

Kent State's Undergraduate Construction Management Program ranked 8th in the nation by Intelligent Magazine in 2021.

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Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management employs a professional-service approach that applies effective management techniques and oversight to the building and management of construction projects. Students learn the business of construction from inception to completion of a project—including emphasis on construction materials and methods—that will enable them to estimate costs, schedule work, oversee construction worksite activities and manage projects.

The Construction Management major includes the following optional concentrations:

  • The Civil Management concentration offers students an opportunity to further explore civil construction estimating functions, utility systems, soils and subcontractor leadership. Focusing on the critical systems that are needed on all projects, this concentration provides construction managers with the tools to navigate civil construction on any project.
  • The Mechanical and Electrical Management concentration offers students expertise in mechanical systems. By exposing students to sustainable building technologies, specific mechanical and electrical estimating, BIM and leadership, this concentration sets students apart in knowledge base and experience. Construction managers are more effective with an in-depth understanding of critical MEP systems.
  • The Safety Management concentration is for those wishing to pursue a career in safety and/or construction managers looking to expand their knowledge in safety related to construction. Students take advanced OSHA and safety courses while exposing themselves to insurance and workers' compensation laws and procedures. Safety is the #1 priority of project management teams, and this concentration looks to provide future leaders with the tools to lead a safe job site.

Cooperative education opportunities are available to students in construction companies and architect/engineering firms in the region. In addition, students have an opportunity to pursue a dual degree with the B.A. degree in Architectural Studies

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State’s campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Transfer Students: Students who have attended any other educational institution after graduating from high school must apply as undergraduate transfer students. For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar’s website.

Admission policies for undergraduate students may be found in the University Catalog.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand construction materials, methods and processes.
  2. Competently read and understand construction drawings and specifications.
  3. Control and manage the scope of work for a construction jobsite.
  4. Maintain a safe work environment.
  5. Quantify takeoffs and cost estimates.
  6. Understand the scheduling process and use computer software to create construction schedules.
  7. Uphold ethical and professional standards.
  8. Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to analyze and perform functions within construction projects.
  9. Communicate effectively to operate effectively in a construction management environment.
  10. Understand construction laws, codes and regulations.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARCH 10001UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE (KFA) 3
CMGT 10001INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 3
CMGT 11044CONSTRUCTION SAFETY 3
CMGT 11071CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS I 3
CMGT 21071CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS II 3
CMGT 22200CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT READING 13
CMGT 27210SUSTAINABILITY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT 3
CMGT 31023CONSTRUCTION SURVEYING 3
CMGT 31033MECHANICAL SYSTEMS 3
CMGT 31040ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS 3
CMGT 33092CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (ELR) (WIC) 23
CMGT 33111INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING STRUCTURES 3
CMGT 41040CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING I 3
CMGT 41041CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING II 3
CMGT 42030BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 3
CMGT 42105CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND LAW 3
CMGT 42107CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING 3
CMGT 43099CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE (ELR) 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ENG 20002INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING 3
FIN 26074LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
MATH 11012INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
MGMT 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)6
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (total credit hours in this category must be 8 for this major)3
General Elective (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)3
Additional Requirements or Concentrations
Choose from the following:12
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students declaring a dual degree program with the B.A. in Architectural Studies major may substitute AED 10102 for CMGT 22200.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Construction Management (CMGT) Upper-Division Electives (30000 or 40000 level) 19
College of Architecture and Environmental Design Elective, choose from the following: 23
Any Architectural Studies (ARCS) course
Any Architecture (ARCH) course
Any Architecture and Environmental Design (AED) course
Any Construction Management (CMGT) course 1
Any Interior Design (ID) course
Minimum Total Credit Hours:12
1

Maximum 6 credit hours of CMGT 33092 may be applied toward the major.

2

Special approval is required to take elective courses in the following subjects: Architectural Studies (ARCS), Architecture (ARCH), Architecture and Environmental Design (AED) and Interior Design (ID).

Civil Management Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CMGT 42053SUBCONTRACTOR LEADERSHIP AND PRACTICES 3
CMGT 42054CIVIL ESTIMATING 3
CMGT 42055CIVIL UTILITY SYSTEMS 3
CMGT 42056SOILS AND MATERIALS 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:12

Mechanical and Electrical Management Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CMGT 42030BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 3
CMGT 42051ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SYSTEMS IN BUILDING DESIGN 3
CMGT 42052MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ESTIMATING 3
CMGT 42053SUBCONTRACTOR LEADERSHIP AND PRACTICES 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:12

Safety Management Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:12
CMGT 31044
ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND MANAGEMENT
CMGT 31045
CONSTRUCTION RISK MANAGEMENT
CMGT 31046
INTRODUCTION TO INSURANCE AND WORKER'S COMPENSATION
CMGT 41047
FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL AND CONSTRUCTION HYGIENE
CMGT 41048
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH LAW
Minimum Total Credit Hours:12

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ARCH 10001 UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE (KFA) 3
CMGT 10001 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 3
MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
CMGT 11044 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY 3
CMGT 11071 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS I 3
CMGT 22200 CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT READING 3
MATH 11012 INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
CMGT 27210 SUSTAINABILITY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT 3
CMGT 42030 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 3
ENG 20002 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
CMGT 21071 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS II 3
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
CMGT 31023 CONSTRUCTION SURVEYING 3
CMGT 31033 MECHANICAL SYSTEMS 3
CMGT 41040 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING I 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
CMGT 31040 ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS 3
CMGT 33111 INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING STRUCTURES 3
CMGT 41041 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING II 3
CMGT 42105 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND LAW 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
CMGT 33092 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (ELR) (WIC) 3
CMGT 42107 CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING 3
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
FIN 26074 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
MGMT 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
CMGT 43099 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE (ELR) 3
Additional or Concentration Requirements 12
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Accreditation

The B.S. degree in Construction Management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Is Construction Management Right For You?

What will I study?

The major includes learning the business of construction from inception to completion of a project, including an emphasis on construction materials and methods to enable graduates to estimate costs, schedule work, oversee construction work site activities and manage projects.

Students may also opt to choose an optional concentration in Civil Management, Mechanical and Electrical Management or Safety Management.

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree with the Architectural Studies major within the Bachelor of Arts degree may substitute certain coursework as outlined in the program requirements. 

What kind of jobs can I get?

Typical jobs in the field include:

  • Project Engineer
  • Safety Manager
  • Site Superintendent
  • Project Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Field Engineer
  • and more!
What is the starting salary?

The average starting salary for someone in the construction management field is around $58,000. As you gain experience, you can earn about $98,000 annually after 10 years in the field. 

What is the job outlook for this field?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for the construction management field is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026. Job placement for students graduating from this program is very high. 

Are there scholarships available?

There are a variety of scholarships students can earn through the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Visit our scholarships page to see what scholarships are available and for application information. 

Are there opportunities outside of the classroom?

Construction management students in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design have the opportunity to:

How can industry professionals get involved with the program?

We invite Construction Management companies to join us at our Career Fairs:

  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024

Contact us with questions.

Where can I get more information?

What to learn more or be a part of the Construction Management program? Schedule an advising appointment.

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Construction managers

8.5%

much faster than the average

476,700

number of jobs

$97,180

potential earnings

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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