May 18, 2021  
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2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Construction Management, M.S.CM


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(MCM)

The construction management (CM) MS graduate program is offered I00% online or delivered traditionally on-campus. 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, resilient construction, building information modeling, decision-making, and advanced productivity. Those without a construction-related baccalaureate degree may be required to complete leveling (foundation) CM courses prior to full admission into the program.

The program is offered in the following three paths:

Professional- (non-thesis master: 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 and traditional campus students.
Executive- (non-thesis master with project: 33 credit hours of courses and 3 credit hour project course for a total of 36 credit hours). Offered only to traditional campus students.
Research- (thesis master with 24 credit hours of courses and 6 credit hours of thesis research for a total of 30 credit hours). Offered only to traditional campus students.

Professional

This path is offered to LSU Online students. This is a professional practice-orientated advanced degree that offers a unique blend of 36 credit hours of construction management, engineering, and business management courses. The degree is designed to develop leaders and managers for construction projects with mastery in the best practices contained within sustainability, building information modeling, project delivery, and decision making.

The program requires 36 credit hours of graduate studies. Hours are divided into required categories:

CORE CM Courses -9 credit hours (3 required courses)

CM ELECTIVES -27 credit hours (9 courses) selected with approval by the student’s supervisory committee designed to support the student’s professional and research goals.

Executive

This path is offered only to on-campus MSCM students. This path is designed to serve construction professionals interested in learning more about construction research. This path consists of 36 credit hours, with 33 credit hours of coursework and a 3 credit hour research project. It blends engineering, business, and construction management concepts together to produce a professional graduate who understands basic research methods and can manage higher level construction processes effectively and efficiently. Final program of study is developed by the student’s supervisory committee. Research focus areas within the construction management department include:

  • Advanced Materials & Sustainability
  • Building Science for Resilient Communities
  • Built Environment Informatics
  • Facilities Management

The program requires 36 credit hours of graduate studies. The final program of study is developed with approval from the student’s supervisory committee.

Hours are divided into required categories:

CORE COURSES- at least 15 credit hours (5 required courses)

PROJECT COURSE - 3 credit hours (1 required course)

ELECTIVES - 18 credit hours selected with approval by the student’s supervisory committee designed to support the student’s professional and research goals.

Research

This path is offered only to on-campus MSCM students. This path is designed to serve a construction professional that would like to pursue research in construction, culminating in a master’s thesis. This path consists of 30 credit hours with 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis research. The program of study focuses on higher levels of research but also blends engineering, business, and construction management concepts together to produce a research graduate planning a career in academia. Focus research areas within the construction management department include:

  • Advanced Materials & Sustainability
  • Building Science for Resilient Communities
  • Built Environment Informatics 
  • Facilities Management

The program requires 30 credit hours of graduate studies. The final program of study is developed with approval from the student’s supervisory committee. Hours are divided into required categories:

CORE COURSES - at least 12 credit hours (4 required courses)

ELECTIVES - 12 credit hours selected with approval by the student’s supervisory committee designed to support the student’s professional and research goals.

THESIS - 6 credit hours

 

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