Construction Management (MS) or Engineering Sciences (MSES) or (PES)
The CM Department offers the Master of Science degree in Construction Management (MSCM-pending Board of Regents approval) and participates in the interdepartmental Master of Science in Engineering Science (MSES) and PhD programs (PES) with a focus in Construction Management administered by the College of Engineering. The master’s program in Construction Management is offered with both thesis and non-thesis (project) options. For the thesis option, students must complete at least 24 hours of course work and six hours of thesis research. For the project option, students must complete at least 33 hours of course work and a three credit hour master’s project in independent study format. For some students additional courses may be required as prerequisites or to demonstrate English proficiency. Credit hours counting toward program requirements must be in courses allowed for graduate credit as described in the LSU General Catalog. Both thesis and non-thesis degree programs in the department are available with specific focus areas including: Sustainable Construction, Heavy/highway construction, Industrial Construction, and Residential construction.
The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
For the interdepartmental doctoral program in engineering science, a student must complete 54 semester hours of graduate-level courses beyond the bachelor’s, with half of these hours at or above the 7000 level. Two sub-areas of specialization are required, comprising a total of 24 hours, with at least one 7000-level course in each area. Each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation research topic and general examination. The doctoral program is administered by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering.