Total Credits19 (45 required for admission)
Designed and taught by industry professionals, the program focuses on management skills necessary for success in the construction industry.
You'll gain essential skills and knowledge in:
- estimating documents
- scheduling contracts
- planning project execution
- measuring results and ensuring quality
- managing projects
Don't need the whole certificate? You can enroll for a single course as a non-admitted student. Check out some of our popular facility and construction management courses.
U of M Construction Management Degree Overview
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Construction Management Certificate Courses
Required Courses (19 credits)
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|CMGT 3001W||Introduction to Construction||3|
|CMGT 4011||Construction Documents and Contracts||3|
|CMGT 4021||Construction Planning and Scheduling||3|
|CMGT 4022||Construction Estimating||3|
|CMGT 4031||Construction Safety and Loss Control||3|
|CMGT 4073||Building Codes for Construction Managers||1|
|CMGT 4861||Construction Management Capstone||3|
CMGT 3001W Introduction to Construction may be waived with faculty director approval. However, you must choose a Construction Management elective to fulfill the total of 19 credits to complete the program.
CMGT 3011 Construction Plan Reading or an equivalent course, or proficiency in construction plan reading, is a prerequisite for several courses in the certificate. CMGT 3011 will not count toward the 19 credits.
Planning Chart | A guide to help you plan your schedule of courses.
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Courses details by semester
With approval of the program, up to 7 credits of transfer coursework may be used to satisfy requirements for this certificate.
In addition, this certificate can apply toward the Construction Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree.
If you have any questions about how your credits may transfer in or out of this program, please consult with an advisor.
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 15
Summer term: April 15
- Applicants with 45 or more transferable credits and a minimum 2.5 GPA are admitted, OR
- All other applicants are admitted pending successful completion of one of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
- Construction Management Certificate applicants: CMGT 3001W, Introduction to Construction Management (or equivalent course as approved by department)
- Facility Management Certificate applicants: CMGT 3024W, Facility Programming and Design (or equivalent course as approved by department)
- Environmental Health & Safety Certificate applicants: CMGT 4301, Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (or equivalent course as approved by department)
You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission, however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.
As an admitted certificate student, you will:
- be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change);
- receive updates about the program;
- have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted;
- not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee.
Current U of M Students
Are you a current U of M student interested in adding construction management to your studies? We also offer a Construction Management minor.
To be awarded the certificate, you should complete all required coursework within four years of admission, with a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.00.
If you are completing an undergraduate degree as well as a certificate, there's no need to apply for graduation for your certificate. The credentials will be awarded simultaneously.
If you are completing a certificate only, you can apply for graduation online. After you've registered for your final course in the certificate, log in to myu.umn.edu and click on Student Center under key links, then My Academics and Apply for Graduation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Certificate the right fit for me?
This credential is designed to give you the core foundational knowledge to make a career change into construction management or related disciplines. It is an option for students with work experience in the field but with no previous degree who need a credential to advance in their careers. It can also be used to augment an existing degree.
What is the difference between the Certificate and the CMGT BASc. degree?
The Certificate is a 19-credit University credential that can be done in 2 semesters part-time at the fastest pace, or in a longer timeline convenient to your schedule and course availability.
The BASc. degree is a 120-credit undergraduate degree that includes liberal education requirements, preparatory courses, and major coursework and takes four years full time to complete.
Can Certificate students gain a visa upon admission?
No, Certificate students are not eligible for student visas. International students may take the courses online from their home country without a visa.
Do Certificate credits transfer to the BASc. degree program?
Yes, all 19 credits will fulfill BASc. degree requirements, should you choose to apply to that program.
Is this an online or in-person certificate?
Four of the courses are offered in either format in different semesters, so with proper planning, you can take them in your choice of format. CMGT 4031 is not offered online, and CMGT 4073 is offered online only. CMGT 4861 Capstone can be taken from a distance and you can join the in-person class through technology.
Can I get financial aid?
Certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, halfway through the Certificate program, students may be eligible for CCAPS scholarships (although priority is given to bachelor’s degree students) if funds are available. Also, be sure to check with your employer for tuition assistance and apply for relevant industry scholarships.
Are there other recommended classes?
In addition to the required Certificate courses, knowledge of construction plan reading is essential. Plan reading background is a prerequisite for two of the courses, CMGT 4021 and 4022. If you do not have plan reading experience or coursework, please take a plan reading course such as CMGT 3011 – Building Construction Plan Reading (2 cr), or an equivalent course at a community college. An internship is also highly recommended (CMGT 4196 – Internship, 1 cr) to help you gain experience in the field while taking classes. As an alternative to the internship, you could pursue a special project with your employer via CMGT 4193 – Directed Study (1–3 cr).
Are these requirements flexible?
Not every Certificate student has the same work and educational experience, so we endeavor to tailor the requirements to your skills and career objectives. We can waive courses based on previous related upper division coursework, subject to departmental approval. We can also substitute other upper division CMGT courses, including environmental health and safety and facility management courses, to meet your goals. Please talk with us to find out more about a custom course plan.
Will this coursework appear on the U of M transcript?
Yes, all courses will appear on a student’s U of M undergraduate academic transcript.
Can students use our career services office?
Certificate students are not eligible for career services because they do not pay the student service fees. However, they are invited to attend our annual career fair, use our resume book, and participate in industry events hosted by the department.
What are the tuition costs?
$520.50 in-state tuition per credit as of the 2021–22 academic year.
International students who have never applied to the U of M and are taking online courses from their home country will be assessed at in-state tuition of $520.50 per credit. If international residency has been previously assessed, international tuition rates will be billed.
Can I take these courses for professional development?
You will need to inquire and self-report to your licensing agency. Generally speaking, university-level courses will qualify for professional development credits with most licensing agencies.
Will I get any professional or technical certification through this program?
This is an academic certificate, not a technical certification. We are not a provider for any specific organizations. However, you may earn the OSHA 3 card through taking CMGT 4031 – Construction Safety and Loss Control (though the card is not required for the Construction Management Certificate).
Are there specialized Construction Management certificates available?
Yes, certificates are available in Environmental Health and Safety and Facility Management.
We admit to the EHS cohort in the fall of odd years and to the FM cohort in the fall of even years. You may be able to begin studying for these certificates sooner, depending on the courses taken. Please speak with an advisor.
To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.
- If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Instructions can be found on One Stop.
- If you would like to take one of our courses but are a nondegree/guest student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.
Meet Jeff Olsen Krengel
I work with prospective students interested in our applied undergraduate majors (Construction Management, Health Services Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure) or designing their own degree program (Health & Wellbeing Sciences, Inter-College Program, and Multidisciplinary Studies). I’m available to answer your questions and help you find a program that meets your needs.
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