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The Best Graduate Schools Offering Construction Management Programs

Higher Education Articles March 8, 2017

Overview of Schools offering Construction Management Programs

California and Texas are the locations of two of the nation’s best graduate degree programs in construction management. In this article, we take a look at these two schools that are both rated highly by the U.S. News & World Report for their civil engineering programs. These programs lead to degrees in construction management and offer both master’s and doctoral degree programs and multiple specialized tracks for students.

Stanford University in Stanford, California

The location of this world-renowned research university is in Silicon Valley to the south of San Francisco. In 2009, the London-based publication of the Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings ranked Stanford 16th among the best universities in the world. In 2010, the U.S. News & World Report had Stanford in joint third place on its list of best U.S. graduate schools for civil engineering.

Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and Ph.D. programs are available in three construction course tracks through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. The tracks include design-construction integration, construction engineering and management, and sustainable design and construction. Students enrolled in the M.Eng. programs are required to complete a research thesis, as well as an additional 45 course units, to augment the MS coursework. Those enrolled in the doctoral program are required to complete 45 additional units to augment the M.Eng. curriculum.

Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas

In 2010, Princeton Review named this nationally-recognized research university among the top ten best value public colleges in its edition of The Best 373 Colleges. The U.S. News & World Report rated Texas A&M 12th best on its list of the top U.S. schools with construction management graduate programs.

The school includes construction engineering and management as a concentration within its M.Eng., MS, and Ph.D. programs in Civil Engineering. Students are also given an option of specializations in infrastructure management and security, representing the study of large-scale infrastructure systems, such as communications, waste management, public facilities and transportation.

Construction project management is a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end.

List of Schools offering Civil Engineering Programs

School Name Location
Stanford University Stanford, California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas
Columbia University New York, New York
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey
Cornell University Ithaca, New York
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
University of Wisconsin, Madison Madison, Wisconsin
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California

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