The accredited Construction Management program at RWU prepares future leaders of residential, commercial and heavy-civil projects. Construction managers are in high demand, with the need outpacing the average of other occupations, based on the 2020 to 2030 Bureau of Labor Statistics job outlook.
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, industrial, infrastructure and heavy-civil construction.
The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE).
Success By The Numbers
Placement of 2021 Grads
Through the years, our Construction Management graduates consistently find success in employment or in graduate schools within 6 months of graduation.
First Job, Dream Job
Every 2021 SECCM graduate landed their first job in a targeted industry, including: Engineering, defense, construction, manufacturing, technology, or consulting.
Average Starting Salary
of 2021 SECCM graduates.
Our 27,000-square-foot, three-story, state-of-the-art Richard L. Bready Applied Learning Laboratories building is the newest addition to the Bristol campus. This cutting-edge facility is designed for unique hands-on learning using the latest industry tools and technology, with plenty of flexible collaboration spaces, project rooms, and study areas.
Emergent Technologies Lab
In the Emergent Technologies lab, 24 television screens side-by-side make an interactive display for students to practice working with virtual reality programming and other state-of-the-art technology. "We can have groups presenting their work next to each other and compare them in real time. We create digital models, actual-size, and walk through the buildings," said Bilge Gökhan Çelik, professor of Construction Management.
Methods and Materials lab
Students learn practical construction skills as they build an entire model house, from the foundation to basic plumbing and electrical in the Methods and Materials lab, which includes a two-story construction management high bay with an overhead crane.
Advanced Technology and Innovation Studio
This maker space houses 3-D printers and other hands-on fabrication tools to support student creativity and design.
Learn from Faculty Experts
Michael Emmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Construction Management
Professor Emmer has been teaching full-time for more than 17 years and prior to that has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years in a variety of positions including laborer, carpenter, carpenter foreman, superintendent, project manager, and owner’s representative. He has been instrumental in incorporating sustainability and building information modeling (BIM) topics to the construction management curriculum across a wide variety of classes. He is also active in student groups and coaches the commercial team for the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 conference.
Staying ConnectedBill Tracey, RWU Class of 2000
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
Graduates Share Their Experiences
“I’ve had three internships with three different companies. I found those because of career fairs at Roger and using the Center for Career and Professional Development. My first internship was with Gilbane Building Company, who came across my resume from a career fair. They took me on as a first-year student."
Kyle Mozdzierz ’22
VCD BIM design engineer at Dimeo Construction Company in Providence, R.I
More: Building Connections at RWU Leads Construction Management Grad to Success
"Half of the people in our office are RWU alumni. I really think it comes down to the program. It’s one of the best programs in the area."
Samantha Denton '20
Assistant Project Manager/Intern Coordinator at Pariseault Builders Inc. in Providence, R.I.
“Keeping in touch with RWU is a top priority of mine. I must give a lot of credit to the RWU Construction Management program for me being where I am today, so I’d like to always pay it back and help Construction Management students during their time there. This past year, I had the pleasure of mentoring for Consigli’s section of the capstone course.”
Nicolas Morrison '19
Assistant Estimator at Consigli Construction Co., Inc. in Milford, Mass.
“Throughout my four years at RWU I had six three-month internships, three of which were with Hensel Phelps Construction Company. I was hired full-time in July 2021. If you don’t have an internship, your professors will reach out to people they know and help you find one. They want to see all of us get that work experience.”
Julia Pateman '21
Field Engineer at Hensel Phelps in Los Angeles, Calif.
Employer Praise for RWU Alumni
“We couldn’t have a better partner in developing the most talented professionals for our industry than Roger Williams University, with its outstanding and nationally ranked programs in construction management and engineering.”
CEO of Shawmut Design and Construction
In addition to Shawmut, Construction Management graduates work at top-notch companies, including:
- Suffolk Construction
- Gilbane Building Co.
- Consigli Construction
- Turner Construction Co.
- Arden Engineering
- Skanska USA
- Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
- Whiting Turner Contracting Co.
- Dimeo Construction
- Bond Brothers
- Site Specific
- Bentley Builders
- Cardinal Group
- Griffin Electric
Graduate with an Embedded Business Minor
With an emphasis on the management aspect of projects, all Construction Management students graduate with a minor in Business from RWU’s AACSB-accredited Gabelli School of Business. Employers seek the practical skills of the additional business minor provides as new graduates enter the workforce.
As a Construction Management student, you will benefit from one-on-one advising with a faculty member throughout your time at RWU. Our faculty members are experts in the field and have connections throughout the industry to assist you in finding construction internships and full-time jobs.
Construction Management Student Activities
A senior capstone project includes industry-sponsored and juried “Real World” project with submittal to include a site logistics plan, estimate, schedule, and oral and written submission.
RWU is a frequent winner in all four competition categories as part of the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competitions, including: Design Build, Commercial Building, Heavy Highway, and Preconstruction.
Our clubs and organizations offer students a variety of ways to get more involved in the program, get connected with the construction industry, take advantage of leadership positions, and network with other students and professionals.
Construction Management Club
The club provides students opportunities to strengthen their bond with classmates & faculty, to learn beyond the classroom, to augment their passion, and to gain valuable networking and career opportunities
Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction Honor Society
With membership by invitation, this club provides local and international recognition to outstanding students in construction curricula.
Women In Construction
The purpose of the group is to encourage and support female students in construction or management related majors to become leaders in a predominantly male industry.
Residential Construction Club
This club gives students who are specifically interested in the residential side of the construction industry an opportunity to connect to industry, conduct research, and compete in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student competition.
US Green Building Council Student Group
This club fosters scientific study and research in the field of environmentally sustainable building and operation of buildings. Members promote understanding, adoption and use of environmentally sustainable design, construction, and building operation practices across the Roger Williams University community.
Associated General Contractors of America Student Chapter
Student members attend seminars presented by representatives from the construction industry, strengthening their connection with the industry and receiving assistance in their pursuit of employment.
Construction Management Competition Teams
Competition Teams provide students the opportunity to practice the skills and apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to real-life scenarios by competing at the regional, national, and international levels.