Master of Science in Construction Management

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    The CM Department offers an on-campus Master of Science degree in Construction Management.  This degree is intended for traditional students attending courses on LSU's Baton Rouge campus. If seeking online professional degrees, the Department offers an Online Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Construction Management as well as an Online Master of Science in Construction Management (for more detail, see Online Programs). 

    The construction management (CM) MS graduate program is offered 100% online or delivered traditionally on-campus. It is designed to blend engineering, business, and construction management concepts together to produce a professional graduate who can manage construction processes effectively and efficiently. It also provides a path for those interested in research and a career path in academics. The students will have an in-depth education in state of the art construction specializations including, sustainable construction and materials, hazard management construction, building information modeling, decision-making, and advanced productivity.

    Important Note to CAMPUS STUDENTS:  All CM graduate campus courses are online and operate within a 7-week duration. These CM courses do not follow the start and finish dates noted in the traditional 8-week calendars.  All campus students taking a CM graduate class need to be aware that the add/drop dates are based on the traditional 8-week campus calendar even though the actual class start and finish dates differ.

    The MSCM program is offered in three paths as follows:

    • Professional – (non-thesis masters 36 credit hours of courses). Several projects are integrated throughout the course requirements; however there is no specific program thesis, project course or comprehensive examination required. Offered only to students in the LSU Online MSCM program.
    • Executive – (non-thesis master with project, 33 credit hour courses and 3 credit hour project course for a total of 36 credit hours). Offered to only traditional campus students.
    • Research – (thesis master with 24 credit hour courses and 6 credit hour thesis for a total of 30 credit hours). Offered to only traditional campus students. 

    Professional

    This path is offered to the LSU Online MSCM students.  It is a professional practice-orientated advanced degree that offers a unique blend of 36 credit hours of construction management, engineering and business management courses. The degree is designed to develop leaders/managers for building projects with mastery in the best practices contained within sustainability, building information modeling, project delivery, and decision making. Those without a construction related baccalaureate degree may be required to complete leveling (foundation) CM courses prior to full admission into the program.

    The program requires 36 credit hours of graduate studies. Hours are divided into required categories:

    CORE CM Courses – 9 credit hours (3 required courses)

    • CM 7030 Project Delivery
    • CM 7150 Decision Making Tools for Construction Management
    • CM 7206 Special Topics in Construction Management (Research Methods for Construction)

    CM Electives– 27 credit hours (9 courses) selected from the following list:

    • CM 7110 Advanced Productivity
    • CM 7111 Advanced Construction Scheduling
    • CM 7206 Special Topics in Construction Management (Advanced Concrete Materials)
    • CM 7211 Construction Dispute Resolution
    • CM 7213 Soils in Construction
    • CM 7220 Building Information Modeling for CM
    • CM 7230 Lean Construction
    • CM 7250 Natural Hazard Resistant Construction
    • CM 7302 Advanced Sustainable Construction

    Courses will be developed in the future and offered as additional electives. 

    Executive

    This path is offered only to on campus MSCM students.  This path is designed to serve the construction professionals that are interested in learning more about construction research. This path consists of 36 credit hours, with 33 credit hour courses and a 3 credit hour research project. It blends engineering, business, and construction management concepts together to produce a professional graduate who understands basic research methods and can manage higher level construction processes effectively and efficiently. Final program of study is developed by the student’s supervisory committee. Those without a construction related baccalaureate degree may be required to complete leveling (foundation) CM courses prior to full admission into the program.  Focus research areas within the construction management department include:

    • Advanced Materials & Sustainability
    • Building Science For Disaster-Resistant Communities
    • Built Environment Informatics 
    • Capital Facility Management

    CORE CM Courses – at least 9 credit hours (3 required courses)

    1. CM 7206 Special Topics in Construction Management (Research Methods for Construction) or equivalent
    2. EXST 7004, 7005, 7006 or CM 7150 or equivalent
    3. Construction Management courses – 3 credit hours (one course) selected from the following list:
    • CM 7030 Project Delivery
    • CM 7110 Advanced Productivity
    • CM 7111 Construction Scheduling and Diagnostics
    • CM 7150 Decision Making tools for CM
    • CM 7206 Special Topics in Construction Management (Concrete Materials)
    • CM 7203 Advanced Sustainable Construction
    • CM 7211 Construction Dispute resolution
    • CM 7213 Soils in Construction
    • CM 7220 Building Information Modeling for Construction Management
    • CM 7230 Lean construction
    • CM 7250 Natural Hazard Resistant Construction

    Project Course – 3 credit hours (1 required course)

    • CM 7207 Independent Study

    Electives– 24 credit hours can be selected from the courses offered within the college of engineering including the construction management department to accommodate one of the four research areas.  

    Research

    This path is offered only to on campus MSCM students.  This path is designed to serve a construction professional that would like to pursue research in construction and graduate with a Thesis.  This path consists of 30 credit hours with 24 credit hour courses and 6 credit hour thesis. The program of study focuses on higher levels of research but also blends engineering, business, and construction management concepts together to produce a research graduate planning a career in academia. Final program of study is developed by the student’s supervisory committee. Those without a construction related baccalaureate degree may be required to complete leveling (foundation) CM courses prior to full admission into the program.  Focus research areas within the construction management department include:

    • Advanced Materials & Sustainability
    • Building Science For Disaster-Resistant Communities
    • Built Environment Informatics 
    • Capital Facility Management

    CORE CM Courses – at least 9 credit hours (3 required courses)

    1. CM 7206 Research Methods for Construction or equivalent
    2. EXST 7004, 7005, 7006 or CM 7150 or equivalent
    3. Construction Management courses – 3 credit hours (one course) selected from the following list:
    • CM 7030 Project Delivery
    • CM 7110 Advanced Productivity
    • CM 7111 Construction Scheduling and Diagnostics
    • CM 7150 Decision Making tools for CM
    • CM 7206 Special Topics in Construction Management (Concrete Materials)
    • CM 7203 Advanced Sustainable Construction
    • CM 7211 Construction Dispute resolution
    • CM 7213 Soils in Construction
    • CM 7220 Building Information Modeling for Construction Management
    • CM 7230 Lean construction
    • CM 7250 Natural Hazard Resistant Construction

    Thesis Course – 6 credit hours

    • CM 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 credit hours per semester)

    Electives– 15 credit hours can be selected from the courses offered within the college of engineering including the construction management department to accommodate one of the four research areas.   

    For more information contact:

    Marwa Hassan, Ph.D., PE Civil (VA), LEED, M. ASCE
    Graduate Coordinator
    Performance Contractors Distinguished Assistant Professor
    Phone: (225) 578 9189
    marwa@lsu.edu