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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. LSU CM graduate average starting salaries and earning potentials can be found below.


Bachelor of Science

Degree Includes:

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

Scored as a five-star occupation by Louisiana Workforce Commission

Ranked as a Best Value School     

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Post Baccalaureate Certificate

100% online

Consists of six core CM courses

Participates in graduation ceremonies

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Master of Science

Professional - 100% online 

US News & World Report

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



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Doctor of Philosophy

Engineering Science with a concentration in CM 

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Salary Earning Potential

Average starting salary for LSU CM graduates (based on LSU Career Services graduate exit survey AY 2014-2015):

Bachelor of Science

High   $124,000
Average $61,127
Low $35,000

Post Baccalaureate

High   $110,000
Average $72,000
Low $42,000 

Master of Science

High   $150,000
Average $110,500
Low $70,000

Earning potential after earning the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (based on January 2014 CM Alumni Survey; excludes Self-Employed...according to the 2010 US Labor Statistics, 2/3 of all CMs are self- employed): 

 Construction Management Annual Salary Comparison Since Graduation

Recent Employers of LSU Construction Management Graduates 

  • Alliance Safety Council
  • B & K Construction Company, LLC
  • Barriere Construction Company
  • Boh Brothers
  • Broadmoor, LLC
  • Cajun Industries, LLC
  • Center point Energy
  • Circle, LLC
  • DR Horton, Inc.
  • Fluor Enterprises
  • Grady Crawford Construction
  • Group Contractors
  • Industrial Specialty Group
  • ISC Constructors, LLC
  • James Construction Group, LLC
  • Leevac Industries
  • MAPP Construction
  • Milton J. Womack, Inc.
  • MMR Group, Inc.
  • M.R. Pittman Group, LLC
  • Omni Pinnacle, LLC
  • Pala-Interstate
  • Peter Kiewit
  • Performance Contractors, Inc.
  • Satterfield & Pontikes Construction
  • CB&I
  • The Lemoine Company, LLC
  • Topcor
  • Turner Construction
  • Turner Industries
  • Vaughn Construction
  • Walt Disney World
  • Westgate
  • Wharton-Smith
  • Woodward Design + Build
  • ...more to come

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)


American 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.