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Chair's Welcome
We Shape the Future of Construction

Chair's Welcome We Shape the Future of Construction

Welcome to the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech!

As Georgia Tech shapes its 2020-2030 strategic vision: “Inclusive Innovation for a Better Future,” it is essential that the School of Building Construction is at the center of progress and service within our community. Our programs, research, students, faculty, and alumni “Shape the Future of Construction.” We prepare students at different levels and domain interests, but with common elements that make their combined experience meaningful and impactful within their professional pathways. 

Undergraduate Learning

The School also offers a four-course undergraduate certificate in construction management. Georgia Tech students can use this certificate to enrich their majors or to prepare for graduate school in one of our signature master’s programs.

Our Signature Graduate Programs

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) recently accredited the facility management (FM) program within the Georgia Tech Master of Science in Building Construction and Facility Management degree. This program is also an approved Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degree, so international students can extend their Optional Practical Training  (OPT) experience for up to three years. Its integrated approach towards program management, construction management, and facility management has been a magnet for local part-time students, in addition to its hands-on technology applications courses, leadership and communications, and capstone experience.

The Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) has established itself as the go-to program for students interested in the academic trinity for learning the sustainable utilization of land for human development: technology, business, and public policy. This degree, offered in collaboration with the School of City and Regional Planning and the School of Architecture, allows faculty and students to engage in cutting edge real estate development debates and practices that influence urban development locally, nationally, and throughout the world. The program also includes elective courses from the Scheller College of Business.

The Professional Masters in Occupational Safety and Health Online (PMOSH) was recently approved by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP). This approval is a praiseworthy milestone for the PMOSH program, developed in response to a growing need for a highly qualified workforce in the occupational safety and health field, and saw its first cohort graduate in the fall of 2019.

The Ph.D. in Building Construction has been instrumental for faculty and students to contribute to the community by publishing in scientific journals and proceedings, presenting at conferences, attracting research grants, bringing research to the classroom, and graduating Ph.D. candidates who end up teaching in national construction programs and abroad.

Our Valued Partners

We have a vibrant advisory board that engages alumni, faculty, and students. It’s like having a front-row seat to the epicenter of high-tech development. As such, the School, the board, and the industry understand the critical and global need for construction, facility and program managers, and real estate developers, currently some of the most sought out professions. The industry has a strong presence in the School by providing internships and career opportunities to our students and participating as guest speakers, construction site hosts, and career fair participants. We are also fortunate to offer fellowships to some of our students, as our alumni greatly understand the value of a building construction degree from Georgia Tech.

Let's Stay Connected

I would like to encourage all prospective students who meet the admissions requirements to apply. If unsure or should you have any questions, contact me at dcastro@gatech.edu.

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Please enjoy your visit to the School website.


Daniel Castro, Ph.D., PE
Chair, School of Building Construction


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