Gain a broad understanding of the home construction process, from managing subcontractors to customer relations.

Residential Construction Management

Construction managers in the residential construction field focus on more than simply home construction. They manage schedules, market their services, and negotiate with home buyers, inspectors and subcontractors. As residential general contractors, they also build large, high-end, custom homes and develop entire subdivisions with hundreds of homes. People skills are important for these professionals in addition to understanding the building process.

When you study for your residential construction management degree at Purdue University, you will gain experience in all facets of the home-building process. From estimating to scheduling and from contractor coordination to material selection, you will build a strong foundation of knowledge to be successful in the industry. This major is offered by the School of Construction Management Technology.

Your coursework includes subjects to help you prepare for two National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) certifications: Certified Green Professional (CGP) and Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Both designations are valuable in the residential construction world.

Meet our faculty, many of whom have industry experience.


  • Gain valuable work experience when you participate in the national Residential Construction Student Competition in Las Vegas (you’ll earn academic credit, too)
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities with the Builders Association of Greater Lafayette
  • Work alongside students majoring in interior design and computer graphics
  • Use your construction knowledge to volunteer with local organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society
  • Gain valuable experience as you complete 800 hours of on-site construction work as part of your graduation requirements
  • Take advantage of the program’s contacts within the industry during career fairs and special events on campus
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Field manager
Contract administrator

Where can I go?

Beazer Homes
David Weekley Homes
Pulte Homes
Ryland Homes
One of my internships was in the community with Habitat for Humanity. I gained experience in the residential space through a remodel of a house in downtown Lafayette, and a new build of a one-story complex in Otterbein.
Schuyler Toth
Building Construction Management

What to expect in Residential Construction Management

Core courses

BCM 10001 Introduction to Construction
BCM 17500 Construction Materials and Methods
BCM 11201 Construction Surveying Fundamentals
BCM 21200 Construction Layout
BCM 21500 Mechanical Construction
BCM 27500 Construction Plans and Measurements
BCM 25001 Construction Project And Administrative Management
BCM 21601 Electrical Construction
BCM 28500 Construction Mechanics
BCM 30101 Introduction to Construction Company Financial Management
BCM 34500 Scheduling
BCM 35000 Construction Site Planning
BCM 35501 Construction Site Supervision
BCM 36000 Residential Construction
BCM 37500 Estimating
BCM 38000 Concrete Construction
BCM 38501 Soils in Construction
BCM 45500 Construction Business and Contracts
BCM 45701 Construction Safety
BCM 46200 Residential Design/Build
BCM 47500 Construction Costs
BCM 48701 Construction Capstone

What it's like to be a TECHIE!

The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the department

The School of Construction Management Technology focuses on providing the education and skills necessary to groom leaders in the construction industry. The education and research conducted at Purdue affects the safety and quality of all built environments.

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