About Us | LSU Construction Management

About Us

The Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management is housed within Louisiana State University’s (LSU) College of Engineering.

Construction is the largest and most diversified industry in the world. The key professionals in this vast enterprise are Construction Managers (CM) who thrive within the business side of this industry.  They are the leaders who possess the business skills, experience, and education to manage the execution of any construction work in the private or public sector. Recognizing the rising complexity of new construction projects and the increased speed of technology, the CM Department is dedicated to providing the construction industry with a graduate ready to accept the challenges of today’s global market.

What Does a Construction Manager Do?

Our graduates are managers of the construction process. They enter the construction industry in various positions with the ability to lead, problem solve and use innovative applications on their projects. They quickly become valued members of a construction team and participate in planning, cost estimating, scheduling, supervision, and commissioning of a complete facility in a timely, safe and quality manner. They possess the professional knowledge to confidently interact with professional engineers, registered architects, and owners to solve problems that may arise. Upon entering the industry you may work in the field managing the construction activities, finances, and/or the labor resources. Alternately, one can be employed at the home office managing scheduling operations, estimating, bidding, contracts, marketing, etc. As one advances in experience and performance, opportunities open up to take positions such as a superintendent, project manager, CEO or a president. Eventually, your educational background and experience will easily lend itself to you being a consultant or business owner.

More information (such as national employment projections, national salaries, etc.) can be found online at Campus Explorer.


Bachelor of Science

Now available as a100% online program!

Degree Includes:

  • Business Administration Minor
  • Technical Sales Minor
  • OSHA Construction Safety & Health Certificate*
  • Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Certificate
  • American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Associate Construction Certification
  • LSU Distinguished Communicator Certified Courses

Scored as a five-star occupation by Louisiana Workforce Commission

Ranked as a Best Value School

BSCM Information

Post Baccalaureate Certificate

100% online

Consists of six core CM courses

Participates in graduation ceremonies

PBC Information

Master of Science

Professional - 100% online 

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best online engineering programs in the U.S.

  • Ranked 16th overall
  • Ranked 12th overall among public colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • Ranked 1st for Faculty Credentials and Training
  • Ranked 12th for Student Engagement
  • Ranked 10th in engineering programs for veterans

Executive and Research tracks available

MSCM Information

Doctor of Philosophy

Engineering Science with a concentration in CM

Ph.D. Information



Salary Earning Potential

Average starting salary for LSU CM graduates (based on LSU Career Services graduate exit survey AY 2018-2019):

Bachelor of Science

High   $102,000

Average $65,575

Low $52,000


Post Baccalaureate

High   $110,000

Average $72,000

Low $60,000 


Master of Science

High   $220,000

Average $110,500

Low $70,000



Employment Opportunities

Graduates from our program go on to do amazing things with amazing companies, locally and beyond. You can find more information below on the types of jobs, employers, and employers who recruit our graduates below.


  • Scheduler
  • Estimator
  • Cost Control
  • Compliance
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Equipment Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant
  • Sales
  • Business Development
  • Building and Code Inspector
  • and more!

Types of Employers:

  • Industrial, Residential, Industrial or Commercial Construction Firm
  • General Contracting Firm
  • Special Trade Contractors (Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Materials Supplier
  • Equipment Supplier
  • Engineering Firm
  • Consulting Firm
  • Local Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Self employment
  • and more!

Our Graduates Work For:

  • Turner Industries
  • Cajun Industries
  •  ISC Group
  • Regal Construction
  • DR Horton
  • MMR Group
  • Performance Contractors
  • The Lemoine Company
  • D.E. Harvey Builders
  • The Brandt Companies
  • and more!


ACCE LogoAmerican Council for Construction Education
Our construction management undergraduate degree program was established in 1972 and has been accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) since 1982. The construction management MS graduate degree program has been accredited by the ACCE since 2016.