Construction Management

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Program Description

The Sacramento State University Construction Management degree prepares students for managerial positions with contractors and other organizations involved in the construction process. For a graduate, this preparation can combine with experience and lead to recognition as a construction professional, a Constructor. The construction professional is responsible for the execution of construction work, for the creation of completed projects from plans prepared by design professionals such as architects and engineers. What is to be built is defined by design professionals; how the work is to be accomplished is the concern of the Constructor. A Constructor determines the methods to be used and directs the economical application of resources in the construction of timely and safe projects at satisfactory prices, and to the required standards of quality.

The immediate objective of the program is to provide university-level preparation for managerial positions in construction and a foundation for continued learning. The curriculum emphasizes subject areas that are significant to the Constructor: engineering fundamentals, construction management, business administration, humanities and social sciences, and the development of analytical and communication skills.

Degree Program

BS in Construction Management with a Minor in Business Administration


In addition to California State University, Sacramento's full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is also individually accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a California State University program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Special Features

To meet the objectives of this specialized professional program, the Construction Management curriculum consists of four distinct components:

Engineering: Based in sciences and mathematics, this component stresses engineering principles and their application to the construction process. This component provides sound engineering fundamentals.

Construction Management: This component utilizes the functional approach as a framework for studying the management of the construction process. In the individual courses, construction activities are analyzed from a managerial viewpoint and the functions of management are stressed.

Business Administration Courses: Business courses form the third component and reinforce the program's management emphasis. A minor in Business Administration is obtained by combining the required lower and upper division business courses. Furthermore, completing the minor requirements can satisfy many of the core requirements of the graduate program in Business Administration at Sacramento State.

General Education Courses: The fourth component is critical to the success of construction students who must be sensitive to the issues driving contemporary society.

  • This unique program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Academic Policies and Procedures

The following is a summary of policies and procedures specific to the Construction Management program. Other university policies and procedures in this catalog also apply to Construction Management majors. The Department will not hear petitions for deviation from articulated policies made by students who disregard catalog policy.

  • Most Construction Management courses require a grade of "C-" or better.
  • Course Repeat Policy: Undergraduate Construction Management courses that are used to meet the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management may be repeated only twice (for a total of three attempts). Grades of the second and third attempt will be averaged in grade point calculations.

Career Possibilities

Construction Manager · General Contractor · Sub-Contractor · Project Manager · Construction Estimator · Technical Salesperson · Construction Scheduler or Planner · Forensic Construction Specialist · Environmental Remediation Contractor · Construction Consultant

Contact Information

Mikael Anderson, P.E., Professor and Department Chair
Anyssa Lumbert, Administrative Support Coordinator
Riverside Hall 4026
(916) 278-6616
Department of Construction Management Website