Master of Science General Information

The Construction Management MS graduate program is offered 100% online or delivered traditionally on-campus. General and public information is provided on this page.

Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) 

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. The 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 to LSU Online students.
  • 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. 

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

The graduate degree program is fully accredited by:

American Council for Construction Education
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San Antonio, Texas  78232-1570


The Professional M.S. in Construction Management program was recently 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 10th in engineering programs for veterans
  • Ranked 1st for Faculty Credentials and Training
  • Ranked 12th for Student Engagement


The mission of the Master of Science in Construction Management program is to provide a quality course of study for individuals needing a career change or for the construction professionals that seek to preparation for executive construction positions; and to provide a quality program for post baccalaureate students that would like to pursue research in construction management with a thesis.

  • Excel in the education of graduate majors through a vigorous program of academic learning designed to produce motivated, well-educated, responsible citizens with the management and technical skills requisite for advanced leadership positions in the construction industry.
  • Enhance the student learning experience through engagement in advanced research and scholarly activity.

Upon completing the program, students should be proficient in the following areas:

  • Critical thinking and creativity
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Effective and professional oral and written communications
  • Use of information and communication technology
  • Principles of leadership in business and management
  • Current issues in construction
  • Complex project decision making and associated risk management
  • Professional ethics including application to situations and choices
  • Advanced construction management practices
  • Research methods 

Department Strategic Plan

A new comprehensive plan started 2013 and contains the systematic and sustained efforts to enable the degree program to fulfill its mission.  It also provides the internal status of the degree program resources and goals as well as the factors that influence its operations. This strategic plan is updated annually at the end of LSU's fiscal year and represents the collective input from all of our constituencies. 

CM Department Strategic Plan Summary - 2018

SLO Program Assessment

The CM MSCM degree program is continually monitored for effectiveness and progression towards the program's mission goals and learning outcomes.  Ten student learning outcomes (SLOs) are measured using a comprehensive exam (thesis or project), exit survey results of the graduates, student course evaluations, and though direct measurements from the CM coursework. A comprehensive assessment is completed at the end of each academic year:

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