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 a 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 Construction Management and Interior Design 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. For the academic year 2016-2017, the program recognized 18 Exceptional Graduates and 1 Outstanding Graduate.

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 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, Ball State’s Delta V chapter was pleased that 14 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, Top Notch Scholarship, John Warner “Above and Beyond” Scholarship, William Baker Company Scholarship, F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company Scholarship, David Electric Scholarship and the E.R. Hornbake Scholarship. During the most recent scholarship cycle (April 2017) 19 Construction Management students were awarded scholarships totaling $13,350.

Department scholarships will be awarded to students in the Department of Construction Management and Interior Design. Review the scholarships and download the application form.

Student regularly participate in various construction-related competitions. In the fall semester of 2016, interdisciplinary team of Construction Management students placed 1st in the Associated Schools of Construction Region III Pre-Construction Team and 1st in the Associated Schools of Construction Concrete Solutions Team.

Employment of Graduates
Students graduating from 2015, 2016 and 2017, completed the latest student exit surveys. At the time that students completed and submitted their surveys (prior to graduation) ­­­100% had accepted job offers. The average starting salary was more than $58,000. Employers hiring our graduates this year include JE Dunn, Gaylor Gilbane, AECOM/Hunt Construction, Kiewit, Lithko, Messer, Performance Contracting, Rogers O’Brien, WE O’Neill, Walsh, FA Wilhelm, and others, representing commercial (86%), heavy/civil (5%), and subcontractors (9%).

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

The most recent actions taken, as a result of this feedback, include several new required courses which were offered for the first time in the 2014-2015 academic year. The new courses include 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.

 

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