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Construction Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s Construction Management Program provides students with the technical and managerial background needed for career success in the industry. Students work with advanced technologies and software, while learning the management and communication skills required of today’s effective leaders.
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Key facts:

  • Carefully designed by expert faculty members, students, and construction professionals, the curriculum for Construction Management at Western Carolina University meets the needs of the students and their future employers. The program, accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), is one of only three of its kind in the University of North Carolina system.
  • The curriculum includes several aspects of the profession, such as contracts and specifications, land development, computer applications, accounting, communication and leadership skills. The major requires construction management courses such as Construction Methods and Materials, Construction Site Planning and Equipment, and Construction Legal Aspects. The curriculum also includes liberal studies, accounting, law, management, marketing, and mathematics courses. 
  • All students complete a required one-semester internship in which they gain valuable real-world experience while learning about project-based work in the construction industry. Outside of the classroom, students may get involved with organizations such as the WCU Construction Management Club and the WCU chapter of Sigma Lambda Chi, the honor society recognizing outstanding students in construction curricula.
  • The program prepares graduates for diverse employment opportunities throughout the construction industry, planning, coordinating, budgeting, and supervising a wide variety of construction projects from development to completion, including building of all types of public, residential, commercial and industrial structures, as well as roads and bridges. Typical starting positions include project manager, project engineer, construction administrator, scheduler, estimator inspector, contract administrator, and facilities or construction manager, among others. 
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the construction management field is predicted to grow at a higher- than-average rate compared with other industries with more open positions than qualified candidates available. Additionally, many current construction managers will retire over the next few years and construction activity is increasing at a rapid rate, yielding good opportunities for employment and career advancement. Graduates may also choose to pursue graduate studies in order to deepen their knowledge and further expand their career possibilities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Construction Management curriculum include:

  • Financial Accounting - A User Perspective
  • Construction
  • Construction Plan Reading
  • Construction Methods and Materials
  • Soils, Foundations, Concrete, and Masonry
  • Construction Surveying Layout
  • Construction Documents and Codes 
  • Construction Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Estimating 
  • Construction Site Planning and Equipment
  • Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • Mechanical and Electrical Construction
  • Environmental Issues in Construction
  • Construction Temporary Structures
  • Construction Financial Management
  • Construction Human Factors and Safety
  • Facilities Management
  • Construction Legal Aspects
  • Construction Project Management
  • Construction Capstone Project

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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