Manage people and projects.

Build your success.

Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate construction projects from concept through completion. Using the architectural plans for buildings, roads, bridges, or other projects, they oversee the planning, scheduling, and realization of those plans. Working with owners, engineers, architects, and others who are involved in the construction process, construction managers ensure that projects get done on time and within budget.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Construction Management Bachelor Degree from Baker College

Construction ManagementBachelor of Science in Construction Management

Manage people and projects.

Build your success.

Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate construction projects from concept through completion. Using the architectural plans for buildings, roads, bridges, or other projects, they oversee the planning, scheduling, and realization of those plans. Working with owners, engineers, architects, and others who are involved in the construction process, construction managers ensure that projects get done on time and within budget.

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Career Facts

$82,790

Median salary for Construction Managers

16%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$92,400

Median salary for Nonresidential Construction Managers

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Overview

Baker prepares you for a construction management career with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in architecture, construction, and management.

Our curriculum—designed in close collaboration with employers and professionals in the field—emphasizes project management skills rather than craft skills. Program instructors, who have been chosen for their excellence as construction managers as well as their teaching skills, help you become well-versed in the construction process, and prepare you to manage projects globally and sustainably, maximizing both product and overall value for the project owners. 

When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to begin your career in any one of a number of positions—construction project management, cost estimating, construction safety, project planning and scheduling, and contract administration.

Course Information
Construction Management Major122 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACC 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of financial accounting, including the completion of the accounting cycle, preparation of the financial statements, and detailed coverage of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and liabilities.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting I4
ACC 122
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of managerial accounting, including financial statement analysis, job order costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and use of other managerial decision-making tools.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121, INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting II4
ACT 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the use of the computer to draw plans for a single-family residence. A series of drawings will be required.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 101 or ACT 192A or IND 221.
Computer Aided Architectural Drawing I4
ACT 104
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4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with building materials as well as construction methods utilized in residential construction.

Building Materials and Construction4
ACT 105A
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2 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the basic concepts in surveying by measuring distances and angles of objects on or near the surface of the earth. Students will use traditional methods and new technology to execute applications of surveying including land property, building stakeout, topographic, and traverse and circular curve surveys.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Surveying2
ACT 191A
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers print layout of information, tolerance block, revision block, do not scale block, notes, bill of material, and product detail layout. Students sketch drawings of simple detail from selected architectural drawings to include dimensioning and notes as related to the understanding of reading a floor plan, elevation, and detailed blueprint.

Blueprint Reading for Architecture2
ACT 192A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides print reading experience in commercial construction drawings including architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and finish construction drawings. CSI standard format for construction specifications will be covered. Students will practice visualizing the three dimensional building from two dimensional drawings. Sketching techniques will be practiced to prepare field drawings/as-builts.

Construction Documents Analysis2
ACT 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the structural properties of basic framing material (wood, steel, and concrete). Bending, deflection, shear, and moment diagrams will be developed by students as a method of study.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 124.
Structural Analysis4
ACT 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the basics of mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection), electrical (power, lighting, telephone, fire alarm, security, sound, etc.), and building operation (transportation, processing, automation) systems as they are related to the overall planning of a building. Emphasis will be on heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, and operation requirements for space planning for various building types.

Mechanical Systems4
ACT 203
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the preparation of bid proposals, quantity take-offs, crew sites, daily outputs, and bid packages for general and subcontracted work.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 113
ACT 104, ACT 192A or ACT 206.
Construction Cost/Estimating4
ACT 204B
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3 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the study of the two parts of the residential builder examination and the laws pertaining to it. This course concludes coverage of the State of Michigan pre-licensure education requirements for the Residential Builder Applicants such that at the completion of the Architectural/Construction Technology Associates Degree Program, the student is eligible to take the Residential Builders Examination.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 102 or ACT 191A.
Builder License/Laws3
AT 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the fundamental concepts/principles of mechanics and strength of materials in dealing with the state of rest of bodies under the action of forces. Applies the equilibrium conditions to the analysis of concrete structures formed by connected members, including reinforced beams, columns, floors, walls, and footings. The design process is studied in depth, utilizing AISC and ACI Standards. A brief review of trigonometry and algebra is to be included.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 201
Structural Design I4
AT 322
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of material strength, basic design, and calculations of structural systems utilizing lumber and structural steel. Includes the strength, stiffness, and stability of various materials. Discusses the stresses caused by bending moments, shear forces, vertical and horizontal loadings, and how to size load supporting structural members under those influences. The design process is studied in depth, utilizing AISC, AF and PA.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 321
Structural Design II4
AT 421
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the various HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, lighting, auxiliary, and building operation systems and design coordination issues among themselves as they relate to the preparation of construction documents of a light commercial building. Study includes: lighting, power distribution, HVAC, ventilation systems, controls, fire protection, plumbing, sewage systems, etc. Develops the in-depth knowledge of initial systems' costs and life-cycle consideration.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 202.
Building Systems (MEP)4
CM 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the design/build project delivery system. Emphasis is placed on comparing and contrasting construction management functions in design/build with those in more traditional forms of project delivery such as general contracting and construction management.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status.
Design-Build4
CM 306
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of surveying techniques, with strong emphasis of the technical skills in laying out sites and buildings.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 105A
Advanced Surveying4
CM 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies include safety administration, safety program development, federal and governing construction industry standard for safety, such as: OSHA and MIOSHA.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 204A or ACT 204B.
Construction Safety4
CM 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on major innovations in building technologies for structure, enclosure and material systems. Highlights the state-of-the-art building systems.

Prerequisite(s):
CM 421
Advanced Building Technologies4
CM 406
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on detailed cost estimates including quantity takeoffs, labor/material pricing, and overhead/profit. Also, included are bid strategies, and factors affecting construction cost. Computer applications are explored as part of the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 203, CM 431, PPM 401
Construction Estimating and Bidding4
CM 411
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the US legal system as it applies to construction. Emphasis is placed on fundamental concepts of contract and law, claims, risk management, business formation and licensing, agency, insurance and bonding, and real property.

Prerequisite(s):
IND 301
ACT 204A or ACT 204B
Legal Aspects of Construction4
CM 416
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of construction contract administration and enforcement of contract requirements during the construction phase of the project. Computer applications are explored as part of the course.

Prerequisite(s):
CM 411
Construction Contract Administration4
CM 421
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a thorough understanding of ecological site systems and sustainable building systems. Current aspects of sustainability will be explored including the impact of the LEED rating system, legislation, environmental law, corporate culture evolution, and integrated design process.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 421
ACT 104, ACT 202
Sustainable and Energy Efficient Design and Construction4
CM 431
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops advanced construction planning and scheduling techniques, building on previous experience with the critical path method. Integrates the use of computer software as a scheduling tool throughout.

Prerequisite(s):
PPM 311
Construction Project Scheduling4
CM 491
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides exploration of the roles and tasks required of a construction manager to utilize and extend their knowledge in all areas of expertise used. This is the program capstone course which integrates all aspects of the construction management process.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status, Program Director/Dean approval.
Construction Project Management4
IND 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies residential and commercial construction techniques and their applicable codes for accessibility, fire protection, and life safety.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 102 or ACT 192A or IND 112A.
Building Codes and Construction4
MGT 250
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4 Quarter Hours

Teaches the fundamental concepts and theories of conflict resolution and negotiation as well as the application of these concepts and theories through exercises and case analysis.

Conflict Management4
MKT 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the essentials of an introductory course than can be either a survey course or a prerequisite to more advanced marketing studies. Study includes product identification, positioning and pricing strategies, consumer need identification and making the connection between consumer needs and product advertising, basic distribution strategies, and some of the decision-making tools at the disposal of the marketing manager. This course is recommended as a first course for marketing majors.

Principles of Marketing4
MTH 124
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes trigonometric functions, their properties, solution of right and oblique triangles, radian measure, graphs, trigonometric equations, and applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 112.
Trigonometry4
PPM 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the tools, techniques, processes, and strategies for managing projects to successful completion. Special emphasis will be placed on tracking and monitoring project progress in order to identify and resolve difficulties as soon as possible. Included will be discussions of common problem areas and how to deal with them.

Project Management4
PPM 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Expands on student's knowledge of project planning. Topics include project and scope definition, feasibility studies, activity sequencing, and identification of measures of success. Students will learn how to create, plan and effectively use planning tools, including project management software to work with subtasks, assign resources, and resolve time and resource conflicts.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status, WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Project Planning4
PPM 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to accounting concepts and principles necessary for developing project budgets and monitoring budget costs. This course also covers cost estimation techniques. Students will practice developing a project budget, tracking costs, and reporting financial cost information. Also addresses issues related to risk analysis, risk minimization, risk control, and risk management.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Project Cost and Budget Management4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRK 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour bachelor's level, learning experience in a business or technical environment structured to allow students to further develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
minimum GPA 2.00, Junior status, Program Director/Dean approval.
Internship4
General Education Requirements72 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 121A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Communication Elective4
ELECT 121B
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Communication Elective4
ELECT 131A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective4
ELECT 131B
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective4
ELECT 141A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective4
ELECT 141B
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
HUM 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics. Students identify and analyze ethical situations in modern society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Philosophy of Ethics4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 141A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SCI 215
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Integrated Physics4
SOC 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 194

Program Description

This program provides an education focusing on critical thinking that blends management with technology and liberal arts for a career in construction and related industries. The graduate provides leadership while working with the owner, architect, engineer, developer, contractor, and governmental agencies, using their professional knowledge to oversee the construction process. Graduates learn various skills to manage construction projects globally and sustainably to maximize product and overall project value for owners. A combination of architecture, construction, and management courses provide a strong foundation in the critical skills and knowledge needed by professionals. The program emphasizes project management skills rather than craft skills. Graduates of this program may begin their careers in a variety of positions involving construction project management, cost estimating, construction safety, project planning/scheduling, and contract administration.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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I think the strength of Baker faculty is that they are in the work force.

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