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PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science - Construction Project Management

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management four-year degree program combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge and technical training. Taught by industry professionals, graduates are prepared for leadership roles in the booming global construction, engineering, and oil and gas industries. It focuses on the study of how the principles of scientific management are applied to construction projects.

This unique program is the first of its kind offered in Canada and was built by industry, for industry. A need for trained management professionals was identified and SAIT developed this program to build the skills of future leaders in this industry.

Scope Statement

The Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management will provide a graduate with an in-depth education in the key sectors of construction: residential, commercial, industrial, and infrastructure. They will possess managerial, scientific, technical and applied knowledge in the construction field. Graduates will assume a variety of roles with the opportunity to advance into project management and leadership roles. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving, written and oral communication skills. Furthermore, they will have an opportunity to engage in scholarly activities that prepare them for graduate study.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • This program utilizes an e-Learning instructional delivery method.
  • This is a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page at sait.ca.
  • This degree program is four years in length, consisting of eight 15-week semesters and a 600-hour internship which will be completed at the end of year three.
  • This program accepts students into first semester in September and January.
  • First year and advanced standing intake options.

Your Career

Graduates may participate in construction project management, facilities management, and infrastructure development both locally and globally.

Graduates also pursue graduate-level credentials in the construction project management domain.

Numerous career paths exist for graduates of the BSc CPM. Some examples of typical entry level opportunities for graduates include the following:

  • Assistant Construction Manager
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Site Supervisor
  • Construction Inspector
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Document Controller
  • Assistant Project Coordinator
  • Project Assistant
  • Assistant Site Supervisor
  • Junior Estimator
  • Junior Contract Administrator
  • Assistant Facilities Manager

There are also opportunities for graduates of BSc CPM to pursue a variety of self-employment opportunities such as: consulting, general contracting, small businesses, or other entrepreneurial ventures.

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT’s programs. There is a direct correlation between the time and energy invested in studies to the success achieved.

Note:  Course difficulty levels are higher for a degree program than they are for a diploma program.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management baccalaureate degree.


The Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management program has received full accreditation from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), a self-regulatory, professional body that sets the highest standard for construction economics in Canada. It is the first program in Alberta to be accredited by CIQS.

This program has also been granted the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global accreditation for five years. The PMI Global Accreditation Center (PMI- GAC) is the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management and related degree programs, accrediting programs at the bachelor’s, postgraduate and doctorate levels offered within accredited institutions of higher education worldwide. The Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management degree program is the first in Canada to be accredited by PMI-GAC.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following (or equivalent), as well as the English Proficiency requirement.

1. An overall minimum average of 70% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 30-1, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1, AND,
  • Two courses from Group A, AND,
  • One course from Group A or B.
Group A (Academics) Group B (Other) (5 credits)
Mathematics 31 Art 30 or 31
Biology 30 Drama 30
Chemistry 30 Music 30 (choral, instrumental, general)
Physics 30 Physical Education 30
Science 30 Religion 35
  Social Studies 30-1
  Social Studies 30-2
  One language 30
  Other five-credit grade 12 subjects or a combination of two three-credit grade 12 subjects
  Five credits of advanced career and technology courses

2. A two-year diploma or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (67% or C+) and completion of English 30-1 and Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalents.

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Recommended Program Structure in order to facilitate completion in 4 years

Program Outline

The Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management requires 123 credits (41 courses) for completion, including 72 credits at the senior level.

All courses are 3 credits each. Program credit distribution is as shown below.

Core Courses

  • Construction Core courses - 78 credits (26 courses: 7 junior and 19 senior courses)
  • Complementary Core courses - 27 credits (9 courses: 6 junior and 3 senior courses)

Elective Courses     

  • Construction Core elective courses - 6 credits (2 senior courses)
  • Complementary elective courses - 12 credits (4 courses: 1 Science elective, 1 Humanities elective, 1 Social Sciences elective, and 1 Law elective).

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Semester 5 Elective Options

Choose 2

Law Elective Options

Choose 1

Science Elective Options

Choose 1


  • 3 Credits
  • Note: Completed in the Spring/Summer Semester between Year three and Year four of the program.

Fourth Year

Program Requirement Core Areas

Construction Core (78 total credits)

Complementary Core (27 total credits)

Complementary Electives (18 total credits)

Construction Elective (choose 2)

Humanities Elective (choose 1)

Law Elective (choose 1)

Science Elective (choose 1)

Junior Course

Social Science Elective (choose 1)

Program Outcomes

1. Professionalism: Integrate professional and ethical responsibilities that contribute to a safe and positive working environment.
2. Construction Acumen: Apply scientific knowledge and technical skills pertaining to construction techniques and methods to achieve project goals.
3. Project Management: Utilize leadership skills to advance the practice of project management.
4. Research: Apply critical thinking, research and analytical skills to solve practical issues and advance innovation in construction.
5. Communication: Communicate information, arguments, and analysis accurately and reliably to a variety of audiences in both written and oral forms.
6. Construction Management: Apply construction management practices such as contracts management, cost management, procurement management, risk management and conflict resolution to a variety of construction projects.
7. International Project Management: Utilize current and emerging technologies to manage construction projects in global context.
8. Business Acumen: Apply project management skills, business practices and processes to effectively manage construction projects.
9. Depth of knowledge: Demonstrate a scholarly mindset in approaching problems within, and external to, the discipline of project management.
10. Breadth of knowledge: Apply knowledge and skills from one or more areas from outside the discipline of construction project management
11. Limits of knowledge: Demonstrate an appreciation of the limits and ambiguity and uncertainty of knowledge.

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