Top-Ranked Construction Management Degree Programs

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 16% increase from 2012 to 2022 in the hiring of Construction Managers (CM). With such a great outlook, it seems there’s never been a better time to increase your hireability. Let’s take a look at how CMs begin their journey and at some of the best colleges for construction management degrees. If you have insight about any of these programs (or others), let us know in the comments section below.

How do you become a Construction Manager?

Many CMs begin as builders and work their way up to a management position through on-the-job training or apprenticeships. When a position requires a vast working knowledge of every phase of a construction project, candidates with a college degree from an accredited institution may have an ace in the hole.

ACCE Accreditation

Accreditation is crucial in order to guarantee a level of standards and criteria have been met before awarding the degree. A promising path for those interested in a CM degree is to enroll in a college or university that offers a bachelor’s degree accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The ACCE has promoted, supported, and ensured the quality of construction education programs since 1974. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has recognized ACCE as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction management. Colleges and universities that request the accreditation must meet the ACCE’s rigorous standards and criteria.

What are the top colleges for construction management?

There are several top-ranked schools, all placing in the top 65 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report, offering bachelor’s degree programs accredited by the ACCE. One of the best is Clemson University in South Carolina, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management, and has a 90% placement rate for students beginning their careers. Another notable program is at the University of Washington, Seattle, which has a Construction Management Department that assists students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in CM. In addition, Atlanta is home to the Georgia Institute of Technology and its School of Building Construction which offers a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction. Finally, the University of Florida in Gainesville, the first to become accredited by the ACCE, offers a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction that covers topics such as project management, construction techniques, and finance.

Visit the ACCE website for a comprehensive list of colleges in each state.

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