Construction Management

Baccalaureate degrees accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

A major in construction management will prepare you for professional career opportunities in the growing construction industry. You will learn the skills needed to become a proficient manager who can guide multimillion dollar projects from concept to completion on time and within budget.

Our courses are taught by highly skilled faculty members with real-world experience, and class work is focused on the knowledge you need. We also use the latest technology in the construction industry, putting you on the cutting edge.

Two internships are required, allowing you to gain valuable field experience and hone the skills you've learned in the classroom. You will also complete a required minor in business administration.

About the Program

Accreditation and Program Information

Accreditation

The Construction Management baccalaureate degrees (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) are accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Additional information about ACCE may be found at this link: ACCE

Mission

The mission of the Construction Management program at Ball State University is to provide a quality education for students through an application-based classroom, laboratory, and immersive learning experiences that will enable students to become problem solvers and critical thinkers.

Goals

The goals of the Construction Management Program are to prepare professionals who:

  • Utilize critical thinking and decision making to solve problems
  • Possess entry level technical knowledge and skills of construction science and management
  • Apply effective leadership, team building and communication skills to the overall construction process
  • Successfully manage the construction project from start to finish
  • Integrate and apply knowledge to produce safe, efficient, economic, and sustainable solutions
  • Exhibit honesty, integrity and high ethical standards
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Analyze needs and provide necessary training and/or feedback to improve desired outcomes
  • Commit to continued professional growth and have the initiative to grow in their positions and assume leadership roles within their chosen profession

Admissions

There are no separate or additional application procedures for students to be admitted to the construction program. Freshman, external transfers, and internal transfers that are admitted to the university are welcome to declare construction management as sa major.

Undergraduate admission requirements for Ball State University may be found here: Admissions

Student Achievement

There are several awards open to Construction Management students. Ball State University recognizes academic excellence through the Dean's List each term. Students who maintain academic excellence  may graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.

On a program level, seniors with above a 3.0 in both their major and cumulative GPAs are recognized as "Exceptional Graduates" at the Department of Technology Awards Ceremony in April of each year. One student from this group is also awarded as the "Outstanding Graduate" on the basis of their scholarship and involvement.

Additionally, juniors and seniors whose grade point averages are in the top 20% and meet work experience, extracurricular, and other requirements are eligible for membership in Sigma Lambda Chi, the international Honor Society for Leaders in Construction. In the fall 2014 semester, Ball State's Delta V chapter was pleased that 9 students were accepted as candidates for membership.

Additional information about Sigma Lambda Chi may be found here: SLC

There are several scholarships specifically available to Construction Management students, including the Construction Management Scholarship, the Top Notch Construction Management Scholarship, and the John Warner Scholarship. Additionally, students are eligible to compete for several Department of Technology Scholarships, including the Henry A. Loats Scholarship, the Kenneth E. Poucher Scholarship, the William T. Sargent Scholarship, and the Fred J. Schmidt Jr. Scholarship. During the most recent scholarship cycle (April 2014), 8 Construction Management students were awarded scholarships totaling $6,550.

Application procedures, forms, and deadlines may be found here: Scholarships

Students regularly participate in various construction-related competitions. In the fall semester of 2013, a team of Construction Management students placed 2nd in the Associated Schools of Construction Region III Heavy Civil competition. Another interdisciplinary team of Construction Management and Architecture student placed 1st in the Design-Build Institute of America's Great Lake Region student competition.

Employment of Graduates

The latest student exit surveys were completed by students graduating in May and July of 2014. At the time that the students completed and submitted their surveys (prior to graduation), 13/21 (62%) had accepted job offers. The average starting salary was approximately $49,500. Employers hiring our graduates this term include Gaylor Electric, Gilbane, Hunt Construction, Kiewit, Performance Contracting, Turner Construction, Wilhelm, and others, representing commercial (46%), heavy/civil (38%), residential (8%), and subcontractors (8%).

For all of 2013 (including May, July, and December graduates), 37 students graduated from the program, with 21 (57%) reporting at the time of completing the exit survey that they had accepted job offers at an average starting salary of nearly $47,000 and 3 (8%) planning on pursuing graduate degrees.

Assessment

The Construction Management program employs several assessment measures, including direct and indirect approaches. Direct measures examine student work, such as student-prepared estimates and schedules, and indirect methods include exit surveys and comments. The latest assessment results indicated that the construction management program is substantially meeting its program and curriculum goals. Specific results include the following:

Percentage of 2014 graduates reporting passing values in the following areas:

 Utilize critical thinking and decision making to solve problems  100

 Possess entry level technical knowledge and skills of construction science and management

 100
 Apply effective leadership, team building and communication skills to the overall construction process  100
 Successfully manage the construction project from start to finish      95
 Integrate and apply knowledge to produce safe, efficient, economic, and  sustainable solutions  100
 Exhibit honesty, integrity and high ethical standards      95
 Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations    95
 Analyze needs and provide necessary training and/or feedback to improve desired outcomes   100
 Commit to continued professional growth and have the initiative to grow in your positions and   assume leadership roles within your chosen profession  100
   

 

 Communication (oral)                                                                                                      
 100
 Communication (written)        100
 Ethics    95
 Business and Management       95
 Construction science – design theory   81
 Analysis and design of construction systems   95
 Construction methods and materials    100
 Construction graphics  100
 Construction surveying     95
 Estimating     95
 Planning and Scheduling     95
 Construction accounting and finance  100
 Construction law    100
 Safety     95
 Project Management   95

Most recent actions taken as a result of this feedback include several new required courses which are being offered for the first time in the 2014-2015 academic year. These include the first offerings of TCST 222 Technical Presentation, which is intended to strengthen oral communication abilities and improve written communications. TCST 261 Mechanical Construction and TCST 262 Electrical Construction are also new this year and are meant to improve knowledge of design theory and construction systems.                                                             

 Career Opportunities in Construction Management

 Graduates will be prepared for the following construction positions with commercial and residential firms:

  • Project Manager
  • Site Superintendent
  • Technical Trainer
  • Estimator
  • Safety Officer
  • Scheduler