Bachelor of Science in Construction Management 

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management 

Earn Your Online BS in Construction Management

NMU’s unique construction management program is built specifically for your skillset. Whatever your current level of experience, Northern will help you level up your career.  

As a top ten program, the BS in Construction Management from NMU is built for professionals, preparing students for the faced-paced construction industry through experiential-based education taught by professors with experience in the field. Our advisory committee is also made up of professionals and alumni active in the construction industry. Their involvement supports student mentoring, establishment of program goals, the development of an innovative curriculum, guest speaking, and more.  

NMU encourages students of all genders to pursue a construction management degree through Women in Construction (WIC) activities and events that encourage women to consider a career in the construction industry. 

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What Will You Learn in NMU’s Online Construction Management Degree?

As a student in Northern Michigan University’s online construction management program, you’ll learn the skills needed to prosper in a variety of construction related careers from professors with real-world experience who are invested in your success. You’ll be prepared with skills in coordinating all phases of building construction including:

  • Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Preconstruction
  • Interpreting scopes of work
  • Writing contracts
  • Purchasing materials

  • Working with subcontractors and vendors

  • Ensuring a project’s success

Courses focus on high-level concepts that explore theory, require critical thinking, hone problem-solving skills and in general prepare you to excel in an advanced career as a construction manager.

How much does it cost to earn a BS in Construction Management at NMU?

Total tuition costs can vary depending on a student’s level of experience. NMU offers up to 9 credits of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) via competency testing. There are other opportunities for PLA based on the students learning experiences.

Construction Management students are also required to rent a laptop from NMU for many of the courses. These laptops are specially prepared for students with the software programs they will need in their courses.

Construction Management Career Opportunities with a Bachelor’s Degree

Graduates of NMU’s construction management degree online will find multiple opportunities to advance their careers. You’ll have the skills to pursue exciting projects in a variety of settings like airports, bridges, government buildings, hotels, educational buildings, hospitals, high voltage transmission systems, office buildings and so much more. The sky really is the limit.

You’ll also be prepared to demand a higher salary and benefits and be positioned in an industry with high growth potential.

Construction Manager – Median Pay

per year

Construction Manager – Projected Growth

from 2020-2030

Michigan Stats

for employment in the construction field

Online BS in Construction Management Admission Requirements

Are you ready to level-up your construction career? Construction professionals with 7 years of industry experience and the drive to succeed in a competitive industry can earn their online degree with a program that is set up for your success.

Beyond the standard application for admission, the construction management bachelor’s degree requires:

  • Completion of a supplemental application
  • 7 years (post-high school) of documented construction industry experience (or equivalent)
  • Three professional referrals

*Credits for prior experience are awarded based on the satisfactory completion of prior learning assessments, which are administered after admission to the program.

Construction Management Curriculum

Total Credits Required for Degree120 credits
CN 107Construction Documents

Learn to interpret various construction documents including plans, specifications and
construction manuals. Sample sets of construction documents are interpreted and developed
using computer applications with word processing.

3 credits
CN 110Construction Processes

Learn the carpentry tools, terminal and standard practices of construction processes in this
introductory course designed to acquaint students with the building construction process.

2 credits
CN 153Introduction to Construction Design

Learn the fundamentals of construction design in this introductory course, as well as the various
stages of design administration.

3 credits
CN 156Construction Systems and Methods

Learn the types of basic building systems and the different means and types of construction
methods used in these systems. The course uses both classroom lecture and lab to help
students gain practical knowledge of the different systems.

2 credits
CN 158Concrete and Masonry

Learn the basic principles of masonry, concrete and concrete forming and procedures.

2 credits
CN 251Construction Field Operations

Learn the requirements necessary for construction field operations in this introductory course
designed to familiarize students with the best practice for field operations management.

3 credits
CN 252Codes and Inspection ***

Learn the basic requirements and processes for compliance with building construction codes
and ordinances in the Michigan Residential Building Codes. Gain a general understanding of
the relationships and procedures for various regulatory agencies associated with different
compliance requirements. These include, but are not limited to, plan review and inspection
processes. This course is required for student who want to earn a pre-licensure certificate for
the Michigan Residential Builders License.

2 credits
CN 254Construction Survey and Layout **

Learn the theory, principles and techniques of construction survey in this introductory course.

3 credits
CN 278Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems

Gain a fundamental understanding of construction and design procedures for mechanical
systems in buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, fire suppression and controls
systems. Develop and understand necessary terminology in each of these systems.

3 credits
CN 283Construction Estimating

Learn construction estimating, using means and national reporting systems as a guide, in this
introductory course designed to teach how to estimate construction costs. Understand the
theories, principles and techniques used to arrive at a total construction cost for a building

3 credits
CN 353Soils and Foundations

Learn basic theory and application detailed in ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials)
procedures. Develop knowledge of fundamental principles and good judgment in construction
foundation design supported by experience and scientific data, as well as the relationship
between soil types (such as clay foundation, sand foundation and bedrock foundation) and their
impact on building structural systems.

3 credits
CN 357Legal Aspects of Construction

Learn about construction laws and regulations, as well as other legal implications in the building
industry, in this introductory course.

3 credits
CN 369Construction Economics and Standard Practices

Gain an understanding of construction economics and the relationships involved in the lifecycle
of a construction project with a focus on standard construction practices.

3 credits
CN 372Advanced Design and Conventions

Learn how to develop and use the skills necessary skills to perform advanced construction
design, building systems design and modeling projects.

3 credits
CN 445Property Development

Learn the processes and practices of property development with a focus on site analysis,
regulation, feasibility and document management.

3 credits
CN 450Project Control

Develop an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms for cost estimating and examine its integration with other essential project control functions such as scheduling, budgeting, and cost control.

3 credits
CN 455Construction Safety

Explore contemporary standards in this course to effectively understand and manage the personal and environmental hazards inherent in the construction industry.

3 credits
CN 459Construction Management

Gain an In-depth understanding of construction management methods, major engineering and
construction management techniques and practices relating to the organization of a company.

3 credits
CN 489Graduation Assessment for CN Majors

All graduating majors must take the major field test in construction management as part of the
Construction Management Program Outcomes Assessment effort. Students take the two-hour
test during final exam week at the end of the semester. This test is given in the final semester
for all graduating seniors. Students must enroll for this course as a co-requisite for graduation
registration as a graduation requirement.

0 credits
Total Other Required Credits for Degree16 credits
ACT 230Principles of Accounting I4 credits
MA 115Precalculus [QUAR] **4 credits
MET 211Mechanics-Statics4 credits
MKT 230Introduction to Marketing4 credits

* Requires a “C” and a 2.25 GPA or better in all technical concentration courses.

** MA 115 is a prerequisite to CN 254 and will also count toward the general education requirement.

*** CN 252m is strongly encouraged for students who wish to pursue the 60 hours of pre-licensure training required to obtain a Michigan Builders License.

This major does not require a minor.

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