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Construction Management Minor

Do you want to build something from the ground up? By earning a minor in Construction Management at the University of Central Missouri, you’re choosing to learn at the oldest and one of the best Construction Management programs offered by a university in the state of Missouri. You’ll gain foundational knowledge in commercial, civil, industrial and residential construction, learning from faculty with extensive construction experience. Receive the preparation you need to become a leader in the construction industry. 

Pursue your dream job

Our Construction Management minor complements a variety of majors, so you can build an education plan that will allow you to pursue the career of your dreams. Pair this minor with a major in Occupational Safety, for example, for a unique perspective on how to maintain worker safety on a construction site — or pair it with Business Administration to gain a deeper understanding of the construction industry and pursue executive-level opportunities in construction or related fields.

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Dr. Erica Spurgeon
School Chair, Assist Professor, School of Industrial Sciences &Tech
Tel: 660-543-8955

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School of Industrial Sciences and Technology 

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ACCE-accredited since 1994

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MO’s 1st Construction Management program

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#10 Affordable Construction Program

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ABET-accredited program

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15:1 program student-to-faculty ratio

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Regionally recognized program

What you will study

The Construction Management minor at UCM will provide you with solid business, construction and technical skills that will make you even more marketable in the construction industry. You’ll take five core courses to provide a foundational understanding of construction management and develop your skills in project cost estimating and construction planning and scheduling. You’ll also choose two electives to align with your interests and professional goals, such as:

  • Surveying and Construction Layout
  • Building Codes and Code Administration
  • Construction Safety
  • Mechanical Systems for Buildings


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)


Unique learning opportunities in construction management

As a UCM student earning a minor in Construction Management, you’ll have access to modern labs and hands-on learning opportunities to give you real-world experience. You’ll learn from expert faculty with experience in the field who will support and guide you to ensure you’re fully prepared for a career in the construction industry:

  • Skill-building labs: As part of your coursework, you’ll engage in lab activities that develop skills and provide experience that you’ll need on the job, such as building a steel structure and scheduling a project using software and hand work.
  • Student competitions: Participate in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Management Competition. Work together with your team to prepare complete estimates, schedules, cash flow projections, cost analysis, site layouts, methodology plans and safety plans based on real-life plans and specifications.
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with peers in the Student Organization of Construction Managers (SOCM), a student-run group that focuses on networking, philanthropy and professional development. Engage in community projects such as maintaining the walking trail bridge at Lion’s Lake and building shade pavilions for dog parks, and attend industry events such as the Building Industry Expo.


What can you do with a minor in Construction Management from UCM?

A minor in Construction Management provides you with a solid understanding of construction management concepts, techniques and tools, preparing you to pursue a leadership role in the field or an administrative role managing a construction office. This fundamental knowledge, combined with the knowledge and skills you gain from your major field of study, will help you stand out for jobs such as:

  • Construction office manager
  • Project manager
  • Procurement manager

Explore careers related to construction management

With the skills and experience you gain from UCM’s minor in Construction Management, you can pursue a variety of careers. Use the tool below to explore job possibilities, salary potential and other career data.




Financial assistance options for your Construction Management minor

Our tuition is lower than the national average and many schools in Missouri. In addition, we make it easier to finance your education by providing assistance in the form of scholarships and grants to make your education even more affordable. In fact, UCM is ranked as a top university for low student debt by LendEDU.

In addition to the scholarships available through the university, numerous external scholarships are available through industry organizations specifically for students interested in construction management. Some of the organizations providing these scholarships include:

  • The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International
  • The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Foundation
  • International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
  • The Ellis Foundation 
  • Midwest Roofing Contractors Association
  • National Association of Women in Construction 

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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