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Field of Study: Construction Inspection

College preparation

You can prepare for this program in several ways. You can get your high school diploma or GED, complete an apprenticeship in a construction trade, work for a few years, and then take college courses in inspection.

You can also prepare by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college and for work in construction. If you want to attend college, you usually need to take four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language. At the same time, you should take as many construction-related courses as possible and get some work experience.

  • Applied Math
  • Geometry
  • Fitness and Conditioning Activities
  • Exploration of Construction Careers
  • Construction
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Residential Wiring
  • Construction Trades Work Experience
  • Drafting, Technical and Mechanical
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Industrial Safety and First Aid

 

Graduate admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree and good grades. You also need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Many programs require that your bachelor's degree be in construction science, engineering, architecture, or another closely related field. A few programs do not require an undergraduate degree in construction, but you have to take prerequisite courses before you can start the graduate program.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General
  • Personal interview
  • Related work or volunteer experience

 

Typical course work

In this program of study, you typically take courses such as the following:

  • Analytical Geometry and Calculus
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Building Codes and Standards
  • Building Inspection
  • Business Communication
  • Construction Graphics and Nomenclature
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Safety
  • Drafting
  • Home Inspection
  • Information Technology
  • Labor Law
  • Materials, Methods, and Equipment
  • Site Planning
  • Soils and Foundations
  • Structural Technology

Majors in construction management also usually study the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business and Financial Management
  • Computer Applications for Construction Management
  • Construction Design
  • Contract Administration
  • Cost Estimating and Analysis
  • Engineering and Architectural Sciences
  • Math and Statistics
  • Project Control and Development
  • Scheduling
  • Value Analysis

Graduate course work tends to vary depending on the school. However, the outline of a typical master's degree curriculum in this program looks like the following:

  • Required core courses
  • Elective courses related to a specific aspect of the field
  • Thesis and thesis defense

Your thesis can focus on either a research topic or a professional project, such as helping to manage an aspect of a specific construction assignment.