Construction Management

College of Built Environments

Construction management is a diverse discipline focused on the coordination, planning, and delivery of projects that compose the world’s built environment. The major classifications of construction differ markedly from one another: residential, commercial, industrial, and infrastructure, as well as specialties such as electrical, mechanical, framing, excavation, and roofing. Construction management’s technical and business aspects make it an interesting and gratifying field of study.

* A small percentage of students are admitted to this major directly as freshmen. The majority will be admitted through the standard admission process after enrolling at the UW.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Minor available

Topic: Arts, Business, Engineering-option

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 1
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Completion of minimum of 88 credits of required coursework is required. Courses must be complete by the beginning of quarter of enrollment.

Courses required for the major:

  • ME 123 NSc – Intro Visualization & Computer-Aided Design OR CEE 291 NSc – Intro to AutoCAD for Civil Engineers
  • ACCTG 215 – Accounting & Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 225 – Managerial Accounting
  • MGMT 200 SSc – Intro to Law
  • One of the following ECON courses: ECON 200 SSc RSN – Micro Economics OR ECON 201 SSc RSN – Macro Economics
  • 7 additional SSc credits if ME 123 is taken
  • 9 additional SSc credits if CEE 291 is taken (CM 250 recommended)
  • ESS 101 NSc – Introduction to Geological Sciences
  • One of the following MATH courses: MATH 112 NSc RSN – Business Calculus OR MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus Analytic Geometry 1 OR Q SCI 291 NSc RSN – Analysis for Biologists I
  • PHYS 114 NSc RSN and PHYS 117 (lab) NSc OR PHYS 121 NSc RSN
    HYS 115 and PHYS 118 (lab) NSc OR PHYS 122 NW
  •  QMETH 201 NSc RSN – Statistical Methods
  • 10 additional NSc credits – (Chemistry or Environmental Science Courses recommended)
  • 5 English Composition C credits
  • 5 additional Composition or Writing W credits
  • COM 220 SSc A&H – Introduction to Public Speaking
  • 5 additional A&H credits
  • 3 Diversity (DIV): Courses that meet the university’s diversity requirement


  1. Preference for admission is given to applicants who have successfully completed lower-division prerequisite requirements. Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s academic performance and potential, extent and quality of relevant experience, apparent attitude and personal motivation. Completion of prerequisite requirements does not guarantee admission.
  2. The departmental application deadline is April 1 for the following autumn quarter. Selection for acceptance into the program, which begins autumn quarter, is made by early May, and all applicants are notified of the admission committee’s decision shortly thereafter.
  3. The department strongly suggests students interested in this major contact the department adviser to help plan their schedule for completing the prerequisite courses. The adviser can be reached at: or in Architecture Hall room 120.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 163
Total from Washington community colleges: 29

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 9
3.25 – 3.49: 9
3.00 – 3.24: 6
2.75 – 2.99: 2
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 1

Career outcomes