Construction Management

Construction Management
Four ULM Construction Management students stand in a construction site. They are smiling and looking at a binder.

Construction Management

Construction is a high-impact, high-paying field that is growing faster than most sectors. When someone says they ‘work in construction,’ most people think of laborers and engineers. Although those roles are crucial, managers are another critical piece of the puzzle. 

Are you a person who likes to plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise? Does the prospect of managing construction projects from start to finish excite you? If you answered yes twice, ULM and the construction industry need you. 

With a median salary just shy of $100,000 a year, you could be earning six figures right out of college with just a bachelor’s degree.  Plus, you get to do something you are passionate about while gaining skills and industry experience. 

The University of Louisiana Monroe’s Construction Management program prepares students to manage, coordinate, and supervise the construction process from beginning to end while also helping you connect with after-graduation opportunities.

But make no mistake, this program isn’t for those who are afraid of a challenge. Rigorous coursework in construction graphics, cost estimating, surveying, soil testing, mechanical systems, and more will ensure that when you leave ULM, you will be the best of the best. After earning your Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from ULM, you will be sought after by top-tier construction companies who will pay you well for your expertise.

Cost of Attendance & More

Making sure your program is the right financial investment is an important part of the search process.

COST & FINANCING

Construction Management in Photos

A ULM Construction Management student looks at construction measurements on a computer. A professor's hand points at the screen.
A ULM Construction Management student surveys outside on campus.
Two ULM Construction Management students draw geometry shapes on a glass in red marker. A computer lab is in the background.

What sets us apart?

First in the nation to be accredited American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Accreditation

ULM’s program was the first to be nationally accredited to teach Construction Management by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Accreditation

Our goal is to equip the construction industry and related fields with highly trained and motivated graduates who are prepared for a professional career through specialized managerial, financial, and technical coursework.

By joining ULM, you’ll learn essential skills like:

  • Construction contracts, plans, and scheduling

  • Quantity and cost estimating

  • 3-D Modeling and construction computer applications

  • Mechanical and engineering plans

  • Digital site management

  • Project administration

ULM will provide you with a high-value education for a fraction of the cost. Do you live outside of Louisiana? No problem! We offer a waiver program that saves out-of-state students more than $12,000 a year. See if you qualify here

 

Earn certifications with your bachelor's degree

At ULM, you will leave with much more than a Bachelor’s Degree. You can also earn your Associate Constructor Certification from the American Institute of Contractors (AIC) as part of your degree program.

 

According to the AIC, those with this certification have a high level of skill and knowledge in managing the process of construction. They also bring value to their projects, making those with an ACC highly sought after by future employers. 

 

Other certifications and training:

  • Receive the Blue Beam Software Certification through coursework in CONS 4045/4046.

  • Develop a functional understanding of Navisworks software, Plangrid, Revit, OnCenter, ProCore, Microsoft, and much more.

 

But it doesn’t stop here - our training will prepare you for work in commercial, residential, highway, bridge, heavy industrial, utility, and civil works construction. This will ensure that you have many routes to pursue after certification and graduation. 

High demand career

Want a job with high upward mobility and opportunities for advancements and salary? You’re on the right track. 

 

In the past, construction was a job that could be broken into with very little formal education. Recently, laws regulating construction materials and safety and environmental standards have become stricter. This has complicated the construction process but also made it more important for employers to hire construction managers with formal training.

 

As a ULM graduate, you will lead the pack. With more formal training comes increased pay and more opportunities – a win-win for anyone with a degree in Construction management. As current managers retire and more opportunities open, you will already have what it takes to fill these voids.

Experienced faculty

ULM Construction Management faculty stand out from other institutions. Each of our faculty members have at least 10 years of experience in the field. Because they come from both academic and industry backgrounds, ULM Construction Management leaders really understand the challenges you may face when you graduate. 

 

They also have the connections needed to help with career placement and finding the perfect fit.

 

"The educational environment at this program is top notch. The professors here will push you to be the best that you can be and are willing to help in every way possible. It’s very easy to find access to computers, study rooms, and privacy to do your work," said one student, Dylan Steinbach of Grand Saline, Texas.

Scholarships and internships

Want to earn money for school while you learn? Part of what makes our program great is that we offer paid internships that often lead to job offers. 

 

You can also pursue endowed ULM Construction Management student scholarships to help pay for your education. The ULM Foundation offers more than a dozen private scholarships only available to Construction Management students, adding up to nearly $20,000 a year. These scholarships are offered in addition to regular ULM Academic Scholarships, Housing Awards, and Out-of-State Warhawk Scholarships. Explore all scholarships at here.

Professional network

Your college years are a great time to start building a strong professional network. ULM faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you build this network by linking you with industry leaders who are flooded with job opportunities and need you to fill in the gap. 

 

“My professor saw that I was excelling in class and connected me with numerous companies. Kiewit Water Facilities South in Georgia gave me an official offer for a summer internship. The company even paid for all housing and transportation. During my internship, I worked on a Time and Materials project and made great friends with my coworkers. I’ll be going back for another internship this summer!” said one student, Abigail Carroll of Oak Grove.

 

Our small class sizes will allow you to forge lasting personal and professional relationships with classmates, faculty, and contractors. By joining student-led construction organizations, you’ll also gain experience making these connections for yourself and getting your name out in the community and the potential job pool.

Careers directly related to construction management are diversified and multi-faceted, yet they include a number of interrelated aspects that are consistent with construction standards and principles across the board. With what is available in the field, there are numerous choices for those who love building, creating and maintaining structures.

You could start your own business or enjoy a career as:

  • Facilities Management
  • Field Coordinator
  • General Contractor
  • Materials Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Estimator
  • Project Planner 
  • Risk Management Advisor
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Superintendent 
  • Trade Contractor

 

The Construction Management program boasts a combination of engaging coursework and hands-on labs. Students are introduced to real-world construction concepts and the practical applications necessary to pursue a rewarding, in-demand career. Students can expect to be immersed in classes that span this challenging career field, including: 

  • Construction contracts
  • Construction planning and scheduling
  • Construction estimating

Plus learn on the latest technology, including a state-of-the-industry computer lab, drones, project management and scheduling software, contract management, 2D and 3D conflict testing.

 

Join the Construction Management Student Association (CMSA)—a dynamic student organization for networking and interacting with fellow Construction Management students, graduates, and industry professionals.

Enjoy numerous other activities exclusively for construction students including:

  • Cookouts (lunches)
  • Crawfish boils 
  • Tailgating at football games
  • Designated ping pong area in the construction building  
  • Exclusive construction student lounge
  • Networking with IAC members

Learn more about financial aid options: https://www.ulm.edu/financialaid/

Learn more about scholarship opportunities: https://www.ulm.edu/scholarships/

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