Number of Colleges Offering Construction Degrees Up 31.8%

August 10, 2017

According to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse, in 2016 student enrollment in construction trades degree programs at four-year schools is up 26.4 percent.  

U.S.News & World Report's article, Majoring in Construction Gets More Popular, says there were just 7,659 undergrads enrolled in a construction trade major in spring 2016, says Jason DeWitt, a research manager at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The number of students seeking a bachelor's degree in this field jumped to almost 10,000 by the following spring.

There were 69 degree programs for construction management that were accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) in 2006; by the 2015-2016 school year, there were 73 baccalaureate degree programs, 5 masters degree programs, and 13 associate degree programs ACCE accredited programs - 91 in total. (ACCE also lists 12 more schools that offer construction degrees but have not yet been evaluated by the council.)

Construction management is a combination of various disciplines. "Construction management’s a blend of architecture, business and engineering," says Bill Bender, professor and department chair for construction management at the University of Washington.

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