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Construction Management

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The Construction Management major provides students with high-quality educational experiences that will develop the technical and managerial knowledge and skills necessary for successful leadership roles in the building construction industry. The Construction Management major is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Owners today are demanding high-quality structures with an array of complex technological building systems. Buildings must also be affordable and often are built to aggressive schedules. Constructors need to efficiently and safely manage their labor, materials, and equipment resources. These requirements demand a highly educated construction professional who is able to manage the complexities of modern building construction.

Why Study Construction Management?

Construction Management is an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students a background in construction management, administration, and technology; architectural and engineering principles; business; and applied science and mathematics. The goal of the sequence is to prepare construction professionals capable of managing projects to completion of a project from plans prepared by design professionals. Coursework emphasizes the allocation and coordination of labor, equipment, and material in order to achieve completion of projects safely and at maximum efficiency of time and cost. The program focus is on production rather than design, and management capabilities rather than craft skills.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to converse in another language could be an asset

Being Successful in the Field

  • Work experience in the field or an internship
  • A solid background in business and management
  • An understanding of contracts, plans, and specifications
  • Knowledgeable about construction methods, materials, and regulations
  • Familiarity with computers and software programs for job costing, scheduling and estimating
  • Attending the construction student organization
  • Attending conferences and participating in team competitions
  • Attending the Career Day held by the Department of Technology and Illinois State University’s Employment Fairs

Related Fields

Landscape Architects

  • Program manager
  • Construction manager
  • Construction superintendent
  • Project engineer
  • Project manager
  • Construction supervisor
  • General contractor
  • Estimator
  • Field orproject engineer
  • Quality assurance supervisor
  • Safety officer
  • Building code administrator
  • Sales representative
  • Self-employed contractor
  • Insurance adjuster
  • Realtor

Employers

  • Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning and Electrical Contractors
  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Non residential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Governmental Positions
  • Real Estate Firms

Strategies

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Construction Management
  • Minor inbusiness
  • Practical experience working in construction
  • Strong background in building technology

Other Professions

  • Estimator
  • Construction manager
  • Field or project engineer
  • Quality assurance supervisor
  • Safety officer
  • Building code administrator
  • Sales representative
  • Self-employed contractor
  • Insurance adjuster
  • Realtor
  • Service Manager Project Supervisor/Superintendent
  • Project Manage
  • Specialty Trade Contractors
  • General Building Contractors
  • Architectural Firms
  • Engineering Firms
  • Civil Engineers

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  meturne@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Joe Cleary  Turner Hall 120A  jpclear@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2609 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.54 - 3.20

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • Fundamentals of psychology (PSY 110)
  • Finite math (MAT 120)

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  camckay@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2665 

Middle 50% GPA

2.54 - 3.20

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

Applications always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  camckay@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2665 
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