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Construction Systems Management

 Students who major in Construction Systems Management (CSM) specialize in the management and operation of the business and technological aspects of the construction industry. CSM students develop managerial skills to prepare them for a career in coordinating and directing activities in a range of industry sectors including residential, commercial, and heavy (roads, bridges, and freeways) construction.

CSM students also take supporting courses and technical electives in business management to enhance the managerial and technical skills necessary for success as construction project manager in any sector of the construction industry. The CSM program offers:

Small Classes 
Be part of a large, thriving university while learning in small classes from personable instructors.

  • Average CSM class size: 20-40 students: 
  • Split hands-on lab sections: 12-30 students

Hands-on Learning
Put theory into practice, incorporating lab experiences and interactive activities within portions of every course.

Stay connected with over 90 construction-related companies year-round through mock interviews, student-industry socials, internship and career fairs, and in-class guest lecturers.

Job Outcomes 
Over 98% of 2021-2022 graduates secured a job within six months of graduation with an average starting salary of $63,960. 

Accredited Program
The Construction Systems Management major is accredited by ACCE. ACCE ( is a leading global advocate of quality construction education; and to promote, support, and accredit quality construction education programs. Learn more about our accreditation...

Core topics

- Materials and methods
- Mechanical systems
- Electrical and lighting systems
- Surveying and site development
- Estimating
- Scheduling
- Structures
- Heavy construction
- Safety and health
- Project management
- Contracts and documents
- Professional development

where our graduates go

CSM graduates often pursue careers with building contractors and construction supply businesses, companies, and agencies. Graduates are also often self-employed as contractors, consultants, or owners/operators of construction businesses in the residential, commercial, or heavy infrastructure sectors.

Program objectives

1. Plan and manage the construction of buildings and other infrastructure, and associated systems that meet all functional, safety, environmental, legal and economic requirements.

2. Follow the business principles and ethical practices necessary to build and maintain a viable company serving the construction industry.

3. Function effectively both as a team member and leader interacting successfully with clients, owners, government officials, the general public, and construction industry professionals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

4. Become an accomplished professional in the construction industry who continuously updates his or her technical and management skills and serves relevant industry associations and organizations.

5. Contribute technical and management expertise to the improvement of local communities through active participation in community activities, organizations and charities. 

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