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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

College of Education and Professional Studies

B.S. Construction Management

About the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Are you searching for a program that will allow you to explore the multi-faceted world of construction management?  Do you get excited about infrastructure, building, and large-scale projects?  Our program prepares you for an exciting future in a field spanning a vast array of rewarding careers.  Our Construction Management Program (CMGT) offers tracks in both general and heavy/civil construction. 

Why Study Construction Management at CWU?

Our accredited and industry-backed program will prepare you for a fast-growing and high demand field.  From topics focused on Leed in Sustainable Construction to Construction Accounting and Finance, our coursework has much to offer.  Paired with interactive work and small class sizes, you will have the chance to learn with renowned faculty in state of the art facilities.

Announcement: 2023 Construction Management Program Applications: NOW DUE April 20, 2023, 1:00 PM - Online.

Interested in learning more?  If your last name begins with G-R contact David Martin.  Last names beginning with A-F or S-Z, reach out to Warren Plugge.

Degree Explanation

Located at our Ellensburg Campus, the construction management program embraces smaller class sizes and a focuses on "hands-on” labs, providing you with attention and a unique exposure to all aspects of construction. There are two options within the program depending on your interests: 

Prospective students MUST be admitted into the Construction Management professional program before they can take 300 or 400 level CMGT classes. Students must complete the following classes, with sufficient grades, prior to applying for the major: ENG 101 & 102 (C), MATH 153 & 154 (pre-calculus) (C). Applications for admission into the Construction Management major will be reviewed in the Spring quarter of each year according to the guidelines found in the Student Advising Handbook.  

It should be noted that many courses require prerequisites. It is imperative that each student meets with their assigned faculty advisor each quarter prior to registration. For additional information regarding admission requirements, required and elective courses, please reference the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog.

Careers and Opportunities

The construction management program allows you to take advantage of several student groups and career development opportunities.

Our program positions you for employment opportunities with local, national and international construction firms, design firms, and material equipment suppliers. Many alumni are working for commercial, civil and heavy/highway, industrial and specialty contractors in various locations. The opportunities are almost limitless, as evidenced by a placement rate for graduates of nearly 100 percent. Position titles for recent graduates include:  

  • Estimators 
  • Project Engineers 
  • Assistant Project Managers 
  • Project Coordinators 
  • Project Administrators 

Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to become involved with any of the student chapters represented by the CMGT program: 

  • Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Chapter: This is the student chapter of the MCA of America and is sponsored by the MCA of Western Washington. The chapter's activities include field trips, community service projects and hosting guest speakers at chapter meetings. Annual scholarships are also available to members of this organization. The chapter membership is open to any student with interest in the mechanical industry. Professor Martin serves as the faculty advisor. 
  • The Association of Construction Managers: This is the student chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and is sponsored by the AGC of Washington. The club's activities include field trips, community service projects and hosting guest speakers at chapter meetings. The student chapter also sponsors a welcome back barbeque at the beginning of fall quarter. Annual scholarships are also available to members of this organization. Professor Plugge serves as the faculty advisor. 
  • Sigma Lambda Chi: This is a national honor society for Construction Management students. Each spring prospective members are invited to join, based on their academic record. This club's activities include a community service project. Professor Plugge serves as the faculty advisor. 

Questions? Contact us. 

Warren Plugge
Program Coordinator, Professor

Accreditation and Industry Support

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Our program is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and is a member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), Region 7.


Construction management receives support from several professional organizations, including the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington (MCAWW), the Asphalt Paving Association of Washington and the Master Builders Association (MBA) of King and Snohomish Counties.  Central's Construction Management program maintains contact with the construction industry through an active advisory committee. This committee, which consists of contractors, graduates and consultants currently involved in construction, provides guidance on curriculum, fund raising, employment and other related matters.   

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