The Construction Management (CM) program was developed in 1974 as a part of the Industrial Education Department. In 1980, the College of Engineering and Technology was formed. At this time, the Construction Technology program became a part of the newly formed Department of Industrial Technology in the College of Engineering and Technology. In 1980 and 1988, thorough curriculum revisions were completed which upgraded the program to meet the advisory committee's suggestions and the ACCE (American Council for Construction Education) accreditation standards. In 1984, a graduate program was developed in the Industrial Technology department with concentration in various areas including Construction Management. In 1990, a separate Construction Minor was added. In 1991, the program was accredited by ACCE.
Also in 1991, a new course in electrical, mechanical and equipment systems was added along with clarifications of prerequisites, and Fundamentals of Construction Management was developed to serve as a capstone course. In 1993, the program’s name was changed from Construction to Construction Management (CM). The new name better represents the mission of the program and positions held by its graduates. In 2002, ACCE reaccredited the BSCM Program for a six year period. In 2006 EMU's Construction Management (CM) program implemented articulation agreements with Monroe County Community College, Washtenaw Community College and Oakland Community College. The Construction Management program is currently aligned with SVBE (School of Visual and Built Environments). In the fall 2007, the new EMU requirements for general education requirement was reduced from 50 to 40 credit hours, thus allowing CM to add up to10 elective hours for construction students. The new CM curriculum is now in the process of being analyzed and re-designed to take advantage of the extra 10 hours.
The department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Construction Management and Ph.D. in Technology with a concentration in Construction.