Program Overview

Study the concepts of design, building systems, components, engineering, and construction practices of Construction Management while expanding your problem-solving, critical thinking and management skills. Qualify for employment in several fields, including civil and building engineering, real estate, residential construction, commercial construction and facilities management.

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Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management prepares students to be proficient in the process and methodology of constructing the built environment relative to design, technology, engineering, building science, sustainability, and social responsibility. It is based upon the premise that the construction project management professional must possess a core knowledge that allows them to integrate design, engineering, and technology into the process of construction.

The program allows construction management students to develop the necessary skills by emphasizing the theoretical and practical concepts of design, building systems, components, engineering, and construction practices. Additional areas of study include construction law, principles of construction management, project management, advanced estimating and scheduling, and construction contract administration. The program is also designed to instill within students a sense of professionalism and a desire to serve and contribute to society through solving its problems in technically, environmentally, and socially acceptable ways.

Students may enter the bachelor’s degree program after earning their associate degree in Architectural/Building Engineering Technology or Building Construction and Design Technology at the New England Institute of Technology, or they may transfer from other comparable college degree programs. The program culminates with a Senior Thesis course. In this final term, construction management majors must demonstrate their understanding of and ability to utilize and synthesize the technical, engineering, and management concepts they developed throughout their New England Tech experience.

Construction management graduates will be qualified for a wide range of exciting employment opportunities in several fields in the public and private sector, including construction management, building engineering, real estate, land development, construction sales, and facilities management. Upon completion of this program, students may also choose to continue into the NEIT Master of Science in Construction Management degree program.

Potential Career Opportunities

Our bachelor’s degree program will introduce graduates to a number of exciting careers. Current statistics on potential salaries and job outlook are listed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. Graduates will be able to pursue work as a construction project manager, facilities manager and more.


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FAQ

  • How long does it take to get a bachelor’s degree in construction management?

    After completing an appropriate associate degree program, it takes an additional 18 months to complete a full-time bachelor’s degree program in Construction Management at NEIT.

  • What kind of jobs can you get with a construction management degree?

    Individuals with an undergraduate degree in construction management can pursue a number of different career paths. They may find work as site engineers, building surveyors, sustainability consultants, field engineers, facilities managers and more.

  • Is Construction Management a bachelor degree?

    Construction management programs are available at the associate level, but more advanced positions will require a bachelor’s degree. NEIT also offers an online master’s degree program for students who wish to further their business knowledge and strengths. These individuals may pursue leadership or management positions across the construction business. A bachelor’s degree in a related subject from NEIT or an accredited institution is a requirement for the master’s program.

  • Is a degree in construction management worth it?

    Most employers in the construction industry look for at least a bachelor’s degree. The time and effort it takes to complete a construction management program is well worth the salary awarded to construction management professionals.

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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science program in Construction Management (CMT) will prepare students to be proficient in the art, engineering, and technology of constructing the built environment relative to design, technology, building science, and social responsibility. Graduates will also possess a core knowledge that will allow them to integrate design, engineering, and technology into the process of construction.

Program Goals

The program goals of the CMT program are:

  1. To educate students in the concepts of construction and building sciences through a seamless and comprehensive study combining the theoretical and practical concepts of building construction techniques, building systems, components, engineering, and construction.
  2. To expand our students’ observational skills and critical thinking abilities.
  3. To instill within each student an awareness of and desire to contribute to the profession and society at large through the development of a professional and personal ethic that demands technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision making.

Program Outcomes

The CMT graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as an integral member of the construction team.
  2. Act in an ethically and morally responsible way with regard to the profession.
  3. Evaluate and analyze problems relative to the built environment and develop solutions that meet the economic, social, technical, engineering, and aesthetic needs of the client and society.
  4. Evaluate and analyze complex engineering problems relative to building design and develop an appropriate solution.
  5. Interpret design concepts and execute building solutions consistent with industry standards.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of sustainable and environmentally responsible construction management processes.
  8. Develop an understanding of the relationship between time, costs, and quality relative to the construction process.
  9. Recognize the need for life-long learning.
  10. Integrate technology, building materials and systems relative to the construction process.

Courses Offered

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in construction management and prepare graduates for a successful career in the field. General education courses focus on project planning, preparing construction documents, construction estimating, construction safety as well as construction materials and methods. Construction management courses and training also include:

  • Revit for Construction Managers
  • Specifications & Quality Control
  • Ethics & the Construction Industry
  • Construction Contracts & Specifications
  • Structural Wood Design
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Technical Communications
  • Negotiation
  • Sustainability in Construction
  • Construction Site Safety
  • Advanced Environmental Systems
  • Construction Law
  • Engineering Finance
  • Project Management Applications

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. The time slot for your program may vary from term to term.
    Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your bachelor’s degree, you will take a total of approximately seven liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your program schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make-up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. The time slot for your program may vary from term to term.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s campuses: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus or at an off-campus clinical/fieldwork/internship location.
  5. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a special five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.
    Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  6. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  7. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Student Affairs Office of the institution that they are transferring to for further information.

  8. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  9. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the university has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.

  10. How many credits do I need to be eligible for Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.

  11. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition. Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entries and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  12. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads.A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.
  13. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  14. Is there any state or federal licensing required in my field?
    No license is required for any of the careers which you will be preparing to enter.
  15. What kind of jobs will I be qualified to look for?
    Career opportunities for our Bachelor’s Degree graduates include entry level positions with:

    • architectural and engineering firms as project managers or junior engineers
    • construction companies or construction management firms as project managers, estimators,
    • schedulers, and expediters
    • construction subcontractors as project managers or estimators
    • government agencies such as HUD or the Army Corps of Engineers
    • state agencies such as RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Building Code
    • Commission, or Department of Transportation
    • municipalities in their building inspection, planning, engineering, or highway departments
    • real estate companies in sales or inspections (with appropriate license)
    • real estate development companies as designers, planners, or project managers
    • corporations who manufacture or sell construction products either in their sales, engineering, or
    • marketing departments
    • corporations who have in-house design and/or construction departments as designers or project managers
    • related industries such as insurance or finance
    • corporations as a facilities manger or plant engineer
    • builder of manufactured housing as a designer, production supervisor, or sales representative

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Construction Management Department; establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to these programs to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability:

  • Ability to interpret ideas and concepts visually and/or graphically
  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Possession of basic keyboarding skills and knowledge of computer programs.

Communications Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability:

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability:

  • Ability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness.

Manual Ability:

  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the use of the computer, plotter and other equipment.

Sensory Ability:

  • Visual
    • Acute enough to enable the adjustment of drafting equipment
    • Ability to properly distinguish colors.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on measuring instrument