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Master of Science in Construction Management Online

Complete Coursework: as little as 24 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $784 per credit hour*

LSU's M.S. in Construction Management program is a practice-oriented advanced graduate degree that offers a unique blend of leadership, construction and business management courses. This ACCE-accredited online construction management degree program is designed to develop leaders and managers for complex building projects with mastery in best practices contained within sustainability, building information modeling, project delivery, and decision making.

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Developed by global academic leaders in construction education working in partnership with industry leaders, the online construction management degree curriculum employs state-of-the-art technology taught by certified online instructors.

Graduates emerge fully prepared to oversee the rigors of complex residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and civil building projects in the United States and abroad. Nearly 100 percent of LSU engineering graduates have enjoyed continuous employment over the past 15 years.

The M.S. in Construction Management program consists of 12 courses. Each course is 7 weeks long.

*The LSU Board of Supervisors may modify tuition and/or fees at any time without advance notice.

Online Courses


Core Courses

The following core courses are to be taken – 9 credit hours (3 required courses):

Identification and formation of construction management research problems, design of a research process, research information resources, numerous research methods, data collection and analysis methods, and presentation and dissemination of research results and findings. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or Permission of Instructor.
Advanced concepts of project delivery, including project delivery systems, associated contractual methodologies, roles and responsibility of parties, feasibility analysis, project documentation, effective project execution, risk management and mitigation, and innovative construction practices. Prerequisites: None; however, one should possess a fundamental knowledge of construction project administration.
Reviewing decision-making techniques that can be used by construction managers to assist in making decisions under uncertainty; decision-making techniques include financial and decision theory techniques along with sensitivity analysis; examples drawn from the construction industry as well as engineering. Prerequisites: None; however, one should possess a fundamental knowledge of construction project administration.

CM Electives

All 9 courses must be taken to fulfill the 27 credit hour requirement.

Production management-based approach to improve the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) process and product; lean process foundations, management, measurement, tools/techniques, and practices. Prerequisites: None; however, one should possess a fundamental knowledge of construction materials, methods and estimating before taking this course.
Concepts related to the implantation of BIM in construction projects from the perspective of the general contractor. Topics include applications of BIM for visualization, marketing, quantity take-off, scheduling, coordination, and facilities management. Prerequisites: None; however, one should possess a fundamental knowledge of construction scheduling, cost controls, and project administration before taking this course.
An in-depth understanding of geotechnical principles as it applies to soil construction activities. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Materials, construction techniques and code requirements used in the construction industry to make buildings resistant to natural hazards, including wind, flood, hurricanes and other hazards; emphasis on construction practices for residential buildings that are sustainable, long-term solutions to our hazard-filled environment. Prerequisites: None; however, one should possess a fundamental knowledge of construction materials, methods and equipment and structural technology before taking this course.
Advanced techniques in schedule development and implementation for effective project management during the planning and construction phases of a project, including monitoring, updating, and controlling the project schedule using software applications. Prerequisites: None; however, one should possess a fundamental knowledge of construction scheduling, cost controls, and project administration before taking this course.
A comprehensive systems approach to construction productivity management and advanced improvement methods; work sampling, crew balance methods, process flow charts, improved project organization, project design, roles of the individual stakeholders, quantifying labor and equipment productivity, and job site productivity; change orders, over manning, stacking of trades, weather, safety and contemporary issues in construction productivity. Prerequisites: CM 4110 or consent of instructor.
Recognizing the origins of construction disputes, way to avoid disputes through quality control, communications, and negotiation, and the alternate dispute resolution methods available. Prerequisites: None; however, one should possess a fundamental knowledge of construction project administration before taking this course.
Portland cement concrete materials as it applies to the construction of pavements and structures. It provides a complete overview of the mix proportioning process. It emphasizes fresh and hardened characteristics of concrete as well as durability parameters important for longevity. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or Permission of Instructor.
Continuation of CM 4302 sustainable construction. Emphasis on Green technologies as it applies to construction projects. The course is designed to focus on green building as it applies to residential & commercial construction. It provides a complete overview of the design & construction of high performance structures. It also emphasizes the economical & ecological benefits of green buildings. In addition, it covers a suite of standards to explain the best practices in sustainability including LEED. Consent of instructor or CM 4302.

MSCM Leveling (Foundation Courses)

The following courses are required for those students that do not have an earned Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university in construction management, engineering, or architecture. These are foundational courses that provide basic construction knowledge. The construction industry expects all students with any type of CM degree to possess this formal education. The courses are prerequisites to any of the MSCM courses and must be completed to earn the MSCM degree. Students will be notified if they are required to take the leveling courses which are offered in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in CM program. This PBC program contains all required leveling (foundation) courses. It also provides the student with the opportunity to receive their PBC in CM during graduation ceremonies.

The following courses are to be taken in sequence: CM 2100, CM 3110 and CM 4100.

The following can be taken when they are offered and in any order: CM 2500, CM 3200 and CM 4210.

Principal materials and methods used in building construction, emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frames, masonry bearing walls, steel frames, and reinforced concrete. Project planning, work methods, materials, equipment and sustainability are also explored.
Basic fundamentals of estimating including document review, quantity survey, material, equipment/labor pricing and bid package preparation for construction projects. Prerequisites: None; however, it would be beneficial to complete CM 2101 before taking this course.
Fundamentals of planning and scheduling including network based schedules, resource scheduling, probabilistic scheduling and computer applications. Project control emphasis on goals, flow of information, time and cost control, and change management. Prerequisites: None; however, it would be beneficial to complete CM 2101 and 3111 before taking this course.
Statics, strength of materials, and the design of ordinary timber, steel, and reinforced concrete for construction application. Prerequisites: None; however, it would be beneficial to complete CM 2100 before taking this course.
For residential and commercial buildings; design and construction of building MEP systems; emphasis on basic terminology, equipment and installation procedures, management of the complete MEP process, code compliance, and quality control issues.
Principles and theory of construction company ownership and organization, the estimate and bid process, construction contracts, bonds, and insurance, business methods and plans, management, and administration, labor law and relations, safety, and avoidance of claims.
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