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About Construction Management

The construction management program teaches students about the construction and site management process from beginning to end. This program focuses on the understanding and integrated management of the key components of the construction project and site management process. Also, this program teaches the development of core and supporting project management competencies.

This concentration prepares you to work for public, private and non-profit sectors of the economy. This program offers you a practical curriculum that covers both core technical competencies and project management competencies like project leadership, process management, human resource management, performance management, teamwork and creative problem solving.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) core curriculum provides you with the skills you need to succeed in today’s global economy. Students who are looking to complete their bachelor’s degree will receive both foundational knowledge and profession-specific skills.

Where can Construction Management take me?

A Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in construction management will strengthen your skills in leadership, construction site management, and creative problem solving. The strategies you learn in the BPS core classes and in the construction management classes will help you enter into a new field or advance your career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction managers earned a median annual wage of $93,370 in 2018. By 2026, the BLS predicts that jobs in this field will increase by 11 percent. In South Carolina, employment in construction management is predicted to increase by 12 percent.

Construction managers are expected to be needed to oversee the anticipated increase in construction activity over the coming decade. Those with a bachelor’s degree coupled with experience will have the best job prospects.

Construction Management Career Opportunities

  • project executive
  • general contractor
  • project manager
  • construction area manager
  • job superintendent
  • construction manager
  • project support specialist

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Pre-requisite: If you are interested in applying to the construction management concentration, you must have a certificate or AAS degree in a construction-related field of study. Here is a list of the approved programs of study.

Required Coursework

The Bachelor of Professional Studies is a four-year degree program at the College of Charleston. Most students come to this program with some college credit; however, if you are interested in this program and do not have college credit, please speak with an advisor to discuss your options.

Because most students enter the program with some college credit, the BPS program requires that students complete a core curriculum of 20-22 hours. The BPS Core includes professionally oriented courses like Leading Oneself and Others in the 21st Century, Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century, and Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability in the 21st Century.

Then, each student is required to complete 18 credit hours within a concentration. The courses in the construction management concentration include

  • CMGT 340 Construction Management Process
  • CMGT 341 Construction Job Site Management
  • MGMT 301 Management & Organizational Behavior
  • PMGT 301 Introduction to Project Management
  • PMGT 311 Managing Project Scope, Schedule and Cost
  • PMGT 331 Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Resource Procurement in Projects

  • Finally, students will need to complete 12 additional credit hours. There are over 35 electives that students can choose from.

    What you will learn

    Core CompetencyDescriptionConcentration CourseInstructor
    Integrated perspective of the beginning-to-end construction and job site management processYou will learn and integrate the key elements of the construction management process including
  • bid preparation,
  • contract development,
  • project planning and scheduling,
  • resource and cash flow management,
  • equipment management,
  • human resource management,
  • estimating,
  • cost control,
  • materials management,
  • project completion
  • and sustainable practices.
  • CMGT 340 Construction Management ProcessTim Fulford
    Integrated perspective of the beginning-to-end construction job site management processYou will learn and integrate the key elements of the construction job site management process including
  • use of construction documents (submittals, samples and shop drawings),
  • job site mapping and recording keeping,
  • job site layout and control,
  • managing job site relations,
  • job site labor relations,
  • human resource and safety management,
  • quality management,
  • cost management,
  • time to completion management,
  • waste and environmental management (sustainable practices),
  • technological support for job site tasks and management,
  • changes-claims-progress payments
  • and project closure and hand-off.
  • CMGT 341 Construction Job Site ManagementTim Fulford
    Organizational Design and BehaviorYou will learn how to design an organization by shaping the organization’s processes, structure and culture to align with the demands of the performance environment and support efficient and effective execution of the organization’s strategy.
    You will also learn to shape organizational behavior at multiple levels through the key processes of leadership, learning, organizational and work design, performance and incentive management, and organizational change and development
    MGMT 301 Management and Organizational BehaviorGraeme Coetzer (Program Director)
    Integrated Perspective of the Project Management ProcessYou will learn and integrate the key elements of the project management processes including project scoping, task mapping and integration, task resourcing and costing, project duration, procurement, managing project stakeholders, and project closurePMGT 301 Introduction to Project ManagementDebby Marindin and Shaniqua Green
    Establish Project Goals, Scope, Schedule and CostEstablish the goals and scope of the project, map out and integrate the schedule of activities required to complete the project, assign resources and establish the costs of all project activities and the overall project, allocate completion times to all the activities and use critical pathways to determine the estimated completion time, and shape project activities, costs and duration to establish project viabilityPMGT 311 Managing Project Scope, Schedule and CostDebby Marindin
    Manage Stakeholder Engagement and Resource ProcurementIdentify and engage the variety of key project stakeholders, and establish relationships and procurement processes with key suppliersPMGT 331 Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Resource Procurement in ProjectsShaniqua Green

    Questions?

    The School of Professional Studies has dedicated staff members who are happy to help you with your decision.

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