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Construction Management

Construction Management Program

Construction Surveying Lab

The SDSU Construction Management program prepares graduates to effectively manage construction projects in the commercial, heavy-highway-utilities and residential sectors. The program is built on a foundation of math and statistics, applied sciences, professional communications and analysis coursework. Construction Management topics include construction and construction sciences, site supervision, pre-construction, business and project management. Our program prepares graduates with the skills to succeed as entry-level managers.

Graduates enter careers in construction and related industries in management positions such as cost estimators, project schedulers and site coordinators. Our program has been designed to meet construction industry needs and is supported by an active Industry Advisory Council.

New students to SDSU interested in learning more about the CM program, please contact the COM Department directly or work with SDSU Admissions to set up a site tour.

Program Requirements

The Construction Management (BS) program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria and the Construction Management and Similarly Named Programs Criteria.

SDSU Construction Management graduates will become professionals who:

  • Achieve positions of increasing responsibility or leadership with employers, professional organizations or civic organizations as an indicator of professional competence, demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and successfully function in team environments;
  • Apply principles of contemporary management techniques, critical thinking skills, and mathematics and science to solve problems and manage construction projects; and
  • Continue to learn via professional organization engagement, continuing education, graduate degrees, employer-based training programs or other development opportunities that increase productivity, open doors to promotion and make them more effective managers.
  1. An ability to identify, formulate and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines and analyze risk and uncertainty.
  1. Construction project management from pre-design through commissioning;
  2. project life-cycle and sustainability;
  3. health and safety, accident prevention and regulatory compliance;
  4. law, contract documents administration and dispute prevention and resolution;
  5. materials, labor and methods of construction;
  6. finance and accounting principles;
  7. planning and scheduling;
  8. cost management including plan reading, quantity take offs and estimating;
  9. project delivery methods;
  10. leadership and managing people;
  11. business and communication skills.