Why This Matters


    Population and business growth as well as improvements to the national infrastructure mean this field will grow much faster than most.


    Work with architects on retrofitting older construction or building new, more environmentally-friendly structures designed for a changing world.


    Whether self-employed, in civil engineering, or engaged as a specialty trade contractor, managers in the field average nearly $100K a year in pay, plus bonuses.

Our Research

Most people stop when they receive their bachelor’s degree in construction management — but there are benefits to continuing your education at the master’s level. Construction professionals with advanced degrees have the skills to manage large and complex building projects, interacting with architects, engineers, estimators, and workers in a range of building professions, including electricians, plumbers, and masons.

We reviewed programs that offer online, on-campus, and hybrid programs. We looked at those that are grounded in applied business theory and practice, teaching leadership skills that allow you to take the lead on building projects both large and small.

There are several accrediting agencies that certify the quality of these programs, including the Engineering Accreditation Commission, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the American Council on Construction Education. All the schools in our listing feature the appropriate accreditation for their region.

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 65 hours to write this article
  • 172 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 354 education programs we compared

The Top 40 Master’s in Construction Management Degree Programs

Best Master's in Construction Management Degree Programs
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What You Should Know About This Degree

The programs on our list are suited both for the individual who has just completed their baccalaureate education as well as for those who are already working in the field, but want to assume greater responsibilities and the increased paychecks that come with them.

Most of the programs on our list can be completed at least partly online, although some require students to be on campus occasionally. Many of the programs can be completed in as little as one year if you attend full-time, although many students take several years, maintaining their day job while attending classes in their free time.

Although not required by most employers, certification is available through the Construction Management Association of America, an industry association that represents more than 16,000 managers in the U.S. Other, more specific, certifications are available from organizations such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) and the American Institute of Constructors.

What’s Next?

Here are some questions to ask when researching construction management programs:

  • What are similar degrees and how do they differ? Construction management professionals share many skills with architects, who also play a leadership role in any building project. Like architects, construction managers need to understand both the big picture view of the overall project as well as the details, such as how electrical systems work and where load-bearing supports should be placed. Architects, however, may do most of their work in an office, with advanced software programs that allow them to design the structures. A construction manager is more of a feet-on-the-ground supervisor, interacting with all the players in the project to ensure that work progresses smoothly.
  • How long does it take to complete the online program? Master’s programs in construction management range from 30 to 48 credits, depending on the institution. The time it takes you to complete it will be determined by how many courses you take at one time. If you go full-time, you may be able to earn your master’s degree in a single year. If, like many, you take courses part-time in addition to working, you could still have your degree in two to four years.

Don’t hesitate to contact an admissions counselor if you are interested in a program. They are often available via phone call, email, or live chat and can answer questions and get you started on your application.

Merit- and need-based financial aid is available from most colleges and universities. Don’t stop there, though: You may find scholarships, grants, or loans through your place of employment or professional organizations to which you belong.