The accredited Construction Management program at RWU prepares future leaders of residential, commercial and highway building. Through classes, labs and hands-on projects in engineering, business, math, science, law and liberal arts, you’ll learn how to manage construction projects from start to finish -- including scheduling, budgeting, choosing materials and safely supervising people. That’s why construction employers regularly report that our graduates exceed expectations for performance.
This major is coordinated by the Construction Management program.
Construction managers are the leaders of the design-build process, and work for owners, builders, designers, subcontractors and a multitude of government and technical agencies. They control the “means and methods” of construction, develop the budgets and manage the project schedules. On-time, on-budget completion is a typical CM responsibility which has become increasingly difficult given today’s technically and organizationally complex projects. Owners, designers and construction managers must all work collaboratively to create integrated best value solutions that meet a client’s needs.
To work as a construction manager, graduates need technical, managerial, research and problem solving skills. Our program provides this education with a balanced curriculum which includes engineering, construction, business, mathematics, science and liberal arts courses. Employer surveys regularly report our graduates meeting or exceeding all performance expectations and regularly outperforming graduates from many of our peer institutions.
Graduates find employment with companies in all project sectors: residential, commercial building and heavy highway.
The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE).
The Construction Management MajorClick to Open
The major in construction management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and normally consists of 130 credits, including satisfaction of all University Core Curriculum requirements. The approved outline is as follows:
First Year (16 credits) – Fall
|CNST||100||Introduction to Construction Management||3|
|CNST||116||Computer Applications for Construction||3|
|CORE||102||Challenges of Democracy||3|
First Year (16 credits) – Spring
|CNST||130||Plans, Specifications and Building Codes||3|
|CNST||200||Construction Methods and Materials & Lab||4|
|CORE||103||Human Behavior in Perspective||3|
|WTNG||220||Critical Writing for the Professions||3|
Second Year (17 credits) – Fall
|ACCTG||201||Accounting I: Financial||3|
|CNST||201||Advanced Construction Methods and Materials & Lab||4|
|COMM||210||Introduction to Public Speaking||3|
|CORE||104||Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life||3|
|PHYS||109||Physics I algebra based and Lab||4|
Second Year (16 credits) – Spring
|CNST||260||Construction Estimating and Scheduling||3|
|CORE||105||Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse||3|
|ECON||111||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|Science elective and lab (BIO 103, BIO 104, CHEM 191, or NATTC 103)|
Third Year (16 credits) – Fall
|CNST||302||Surveying and Lab||4|
|CNST||321||Advanced Building Estimating||3|
|Core Concentration #1||3|
Third Year (18 credits) – Spring
|CNST||450||Construction Planning and Scheduling||3|
|CORE||Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar||3|
|Core Concentration #2||3|
Fourth Year (16 credits) – Fall
|CNST||445||Construction Project Management and Safety & Lab||4|
|CNST||475||Construction Project Control||3|
|LS||220||Fundamentals of Contract Law||3|
|BUSN||305||Legal Environment of Business I||3|
|Core Concentration #3||3|
|Core Concentration #4||3|
Fourth Year (15 credits) – Spring
|CNST||480||Capstone Project, Ethics and New Technology||3|
|Core Concentration #5||3|
Total: 130 Semester Credits
The business elective must be selected from one of the following courses: ACCTG 304, ENGR 335, FNCE 301, MGMT 336, and MRKT 335.
The Construction Management MinorClick to Open
The Construction Management minor is a six-course program particularly appropriate for students whose major is architecture or business. The courses in the minor are designed to provide students with the skills and basic knowledge required to move into an entry-level professional construction industry position. Estimating, scheduling, and project management are some of the courses that make up the minor.
Required Four Courses:
|CNST||130||Plans, Specifications and Building Codes|
|ARCH||287||Introduction to Computer Applications in Design|
|CNST||200||Construction Methods and Materials & Lab|
|ARCH||231||Construction Methods and Assemblies I|
|CNST||260||Construction Estimating and Scheduling|
|CNST||302||Surveying & Lab|
|CNST||321||Advanced Building Estimating|
|CNST||450||Construction Planning and Scheduling|
|CNST||445||Construction Project Management and Safety|
|CNST||445||Mechanical and Electrical Design for Buildings|
To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.
Staying ConnectedBill Tracey, RWU Class of 2000 Construction Management
With an alumni base that’s constantly growing throughout the state, country and around the world, it’s easy to get and stay connected. Bill Tracey, a Construction Management alumnus and President of Trac Builders in Providence, knows the importance of these connections.Read full story
- Shawmut Design and Construction
- Suffolk Construction
- Gilbane Building Co.
- Consigli Construction
- Turner Construction Co.
- Arden Engineering
- Skanska USA
- Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
- Kiewit Construction Co.
- Structure Tone, Inc.
- Whiting Turner Contracting Co.
- Dimeo Construction
- New England Construction Co.
- Weeks Marine
- KBE Building Corp.
- Bond Brothers
Construction Management Student Activities
Senior Capstone Project
Industry Sponsored and juried “Real World” project with submittal to include:
- Site logistics plan
- Oral and written submission
Associated Schools of Construction Student Competitions
RWU is a frequent winner in all three competition categories:
- Design Build
- Commercial Building
- Heavy Highway
Construction Management Club
Students are active in a number of student organizations and activities:
- Sigma Lambda Chi - CM Honor Society
- US Green Building Council Student Group
- Fundraising and community outreach work
- Field trips
- Internship and Externship activities
- Sustainability studies with architecture and engineering students
- LEED workshops