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Construction Management, BS

Construction Management Bachelor of Science

Turn your interest in built environments into an exciting, growth-oriented career with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. The University of Central Missouri’s accredited Construction Management program offers real-world training and small class sizes taught by experienced professionals. You’ll graduate not only with a Construction Management degree but also with practical job skills and useful insights into the history and applications of this complex field.

Among all the best construction management schools, UCM provides a broad education to support many potential career tracks. While you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your Construction Management degree to suit your particular interests, you’ll acquire foundational knowledge and skills in a diverse array of subjects designed to maximize your job potential.

What is construction management? 

As a construction management professional, you’ll turn architectural and engineering plans into safe, solid realities by working with teams in the office and in the field on every part of a project — from permitting, roads and utilities to the building itself. Your bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from UCM is the perfect starting point to explore the worlds of commercial, civil, industrial and residential construction projects.

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#10 Best Value Bachelor’s Degree in CM

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#2 Construction Management Degree in MO

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Small class sizes, expert faculty

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Among the oldest programs in the U.S.

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Some classes are available online

What you will study

UCM’s Construction Management degree program emerged in the 1970s in response to a need in the industry for true technologists — construction managers who could build as well as design and manage. 

Now one of the oldest and best construction management schools in the region, the University of Central Missouri has trained generations of students like you to be efficient, confident managers of office and field work across all sectors of the construction industry.

Coursework for your bachelor’s degree in Construction Management may include:

  • Project Cost Estimating: Learn the critical skill of surveying materials and requirements, including productivity standards, to estimate the cost of industrial construction projects.
  • Engineering Geology: A Construction Management degree should give you the tools to understand how the ground you build on affects other aspects of construction. Learn relevant physical geology such as hydrogeology, waste disposal, slope stability, mapping and site characterization.
  • Commercial Architectural Design/Drafting: Study and develop commercial architectural plans and drawings using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) techniques, including building information modeling (BIM).


Excellence in Construction Management

  • #2: Best Construction Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Missouri (Business Degree Central, 2022)
  • #2: Top Schools for Construction Management in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • #10: Top 50 Best Construction Management Schools in the U.S. (Value Colleges, 2022) 
  • 1st: Construction Management degree program in Missouri to join the Association of Schools of Construction, in 1978
  • 1st: Missouri Construction program to be nationally recognized by Accreditation for Construction Education (ACCE), in 1994 
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)


Unique learning opportunities in construction management

The best way to learn what construction management is by doing. You’ll be able to apply your growing knowledge and practical skills with hands-on experiences, including:

  • Skills- and experience-based labs: Your UCM Construction Management degree is not a trades program, but it’s essential to good management to know and be able to perform some skilled tradesperson tasks. Some classes include labs that build technical skills such as using specialized software or helping construct a steel building.
  • Internships: Gain invaluable real-world experience in between semesters, beginning with the break between your freshman and sophomore year.
  • Student Organization of Construction Managers (SOCM): Build lasting friendships and professional connections through involvement with this active student group. You and your peers will gain valuable experience through school and community projects and with trips to industry events such as the Building Industry Expo.
  • Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Competition: Members of SOCM and UCM faculty collaborate each year on the ASC Student Management Competition in Nebraska City, NE. Teams must prepare complete estimates, schedules, cash flow projections, safety plans and more for real-world projects. As a participant, you’ll compete with 16 of the best construction management schools in the region.


What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from UCM?

The University of Central Missouri has earned its reputation as one of the best construction management schools in the region. Our graduates enjoy a nearly 100% employment rate and pass the Associate Constructor Certification Exam at a rate 16% higher than the national average.

UCM’s Construction Management degree program prepares you to become a leader in the construction industry. You’ll receive training and practical experience in commercial, civil, industrial and residential projects and be ready to pursue a career either in the field or in the office. You’ll also be prepared to earn an advanced degree such as an MS in Technology with a Construction emphasis.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management are in high demand among regional and national construction firms, and many receive multiple job offers before graduation. Notable firms who’ve hired UCM graduates include J.E. Dunn, Turner Construction, Straub Construction, Quaker Windows, Western Specialty Contractors and many more.

Learn more about construction management jobs

UCM’s undergraduate program prepares you to excel in a number of fields and leadership roles. Use our interactive tool below to explore recent and projected trends for careers that leverage your UCM Construction Management degree.




Financial assistance options for your bachelor’s degree in Construction Management

The University of Central Missouri is committed to making a high-quality education accessible to everyone. Ranked by Value Colleges as the 10th Best Value Construction Program in the nation, we offer low tuition rates and provide financial aid to 94% of our undergraduate students. UCM financial aid advisors will work with you to find the financial aid options that best support your needs and goals.

Enrolling at UCM to earn your bachelor’s degree in Construction Management may qualify you for additional scholarships, including:

  • AACE International Competitive Scholarships
  • AGC Foundation Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships
  • The Builders’ Association – Kansas City 
  • The Mid-West Concrete Industry Board, Inc. (The MCIB Educational Fund) 
  • International Facility Management Association (IFMA) 
  • The Ellis Foundation
  • Midwest Roofing Contractors Association 
  • National Association of Women in Construction 
  • Housing Endowment Scholarships (NHE) 

Learn more about program-specific scholarships at one of the best construction management schools in the region by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

After earning your bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, enhance your career opportunities by returning to UCM for an advanced degree:

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Explore programs related to construction management.

If you’re interested in built environments but a Construction Management degree isn’t the right fit for you, consider one of these UCM programs instead:


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