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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Construction Management

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Application Deadline: June 24, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 8, 2024

Learn to Successfully Execute Complex Projects

The online Undergraduate Certificate in Construction Management is offered through the LSU College of Engineering’s Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management and LSU Online. This program offers students a chance to learn the fundamental skills necessary to enter the field of construction without having to earn a full undergraduate degree. Students will work through a variety of topics, including construction materials and methods, sustainability, and safety. Graduates of the online construction management certificate program may begin careers in the construction industry or these courses can be fully transferred into the online Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Additionally, graduates with an online Construction Technology Management Specialist Certificate, Intro to Construction Management Specialist Certificate or Project Management in Residential Construction Specialist Certificate can apply credits earned toward this undergraduate certificate.

Employers that have hired Construction Management graduates include: Turner Industries, Performance Contractors,  Cajun Industries, MMR, The Lemoine Company, ISC, Pala, Regal Construction, Baker Gulf Coast Industrial, Great River Industries, Wesley Construction, ExxonMobil, Chevron and DOW. Look here for a full list of companies that hire graduates.

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The UC in CM has been ranked #2 in the Nation by for being one of the Best Construction Management Certificates Online in 2024.

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Earn College Credit

The online construction management certificate can count towards the online Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

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Expert Instructors

Learn from certified online instructors that are experts and leaders within the construction management field.

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Earn Course Credit By Exam

Course credit can be given by examination. Students can contact their Academic Advisor and follow instructions provided by the Department. Learn More

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Career Pathways

Pathways to become a Construction Manager, Commercial Construction Superintendent, Project Manager, Home Improvement Services Manager, General Contractor, or Business Owner,

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Total credit hours per program: 24 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $399

Total cost with fees: $9,576

LSU Online also offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including credit for prior learning (PLA), financial aid, and veteran education benefits. Learn More.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings

Course Listings - Online Construction Management Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in Construction Management online requires 24 credit hours, including six core courses and two electives.

Core courses: 18 credit hours

Course Credit Hours
CM 1011: Introduction to Construction Management 3
CM 2100: Construction Materials and Methods I 3
CM 2116: Construction Plan Reading 3
CM 3110: Construction Estimating 3
CM 4100: Construction Scheduling and Cost Control 3
CM 4210: Construction Contracting 3


Electives: Select 6 credit hours

At least one course must be 3000-4000 level.

Course Credit Hours
CM 1070: Sustainability in the Built Environment 3
CM 2112: Construction Materials and Methods II 3
CM 2215: Construction Safety 3
CM 3112: BIM for Construction Management 3
CM 3200: Mechanical Electrical Systems 3
CM 3235: Residential Development 3
CM 3236: Residential Design Codes and Specifications 3
CM 3237: Residential Project Management 3
CM 4221: Construction Project Management 3
CM 4223: Company Strategic Planning 3

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements - Online Construction Management Certificate

First Time Certificate Enrollment

  • 3.0 Core GPA on the 19 units of college-preparatory high school courses as outlined in the LSU Core
  • LSU is a test-optional institution which means applicants will have the choice to select if they wish to have their ACT or SAT scores considered for admission. Click here to learn more!

Transfer Student General Certificate Admission Requirements

  • 30* or more transferable (academic, non-remedial) credit hours from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • 2.5 academic GPA on all transferable college work attempted
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level English course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level Math course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken

*Students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet all remaining transfer requirements.

To see about transfer credits please check out the TIGER TRANSFER TABLES

College of Engineering Admission Requirements 

Admission to the university does not constitute acceptance into the College of Engineering or into a particular curriculum within this college. Entering students who meet the following criteria will be admitted to the college:

  • A grade of “C” or better in 1000-2000 level CM courses (9 CH) in the required core curriculum.
  • Students must have 2.0 GPA on all LSU and cumulative coursework

Re-Entry Student Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying for re-entry to LSU must have a 2.0 GPA on all LSU coursework and must meet the requirements for their prospective senior college. Students who have attempted 30 or more hours at another institution must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. For your senior college’s specific requirements please check out the Re-Entry Student Requirements per College.


Undergraduate students who are reviewed and admitted by meeting LSU A&M general admissions requirements but do not meet the admittance requirements to a senior college have two admissions options:

Option 1

Students can start with The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). This academic unit is designed for new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Their mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the UCFY at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU.

Option 2

Students can start with The Center for Advising and Counseling (UCAC). This administrative unit serves as the academic home for students who have attempted 30-plus hours of college credit and who do not yet meet the admission requirements for one of the University’s degree-granting senior colleges.

For a list of specific senior college requirements please visit the LSU A&M Undergraduate Admission page.

If you feel like you do not meet any of the above qualifications please reach out to your Enrollment Coach team member as there are different evaluation pathways for non-traditional students to take.

Certification (ACCE)

The Undergraduate Certificate in Construction Management is been certified by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities - Online Construction Management Certificate

  • Field Engineer Assistant
  • Cost Engineer Assistant
  • Project Scheduling Assistant
  • Cost Control Assistant
  • This degree serves as a pathway to become a Construction Manager, Commercial Construction Superintendent, Project Manager, Home Improvement Services Manager, General Contractor, or Business Owner 

What Will I Learn?

The online construction management certificate provides students a well-rounded foundation in both the business and leadership aspects of the industry.

Students will gain the knowledge to do the following:

  • Apply the interpretation of construction documents (specifications and drawings) used in managing a construction project.
  • Apply the skills to estimate quantities and costs for the bidding process in a construction project.
  • Understand the fundamentals of contracts, codes, and regulations that govern a construction project.
  • Apply the aptitude to schedule a basic construction project.
  • Understand basic principles of ethics in the construction industry.

Why Choose LSU?

This online certificate program includes training in some of the most important technologies used in the field. As a result, students will need a computer that can run construction management-related software. Within the core courses, students learn to use a variety of construction specialty software: On-Screen Takeoff, PlanGrid, and Primavera P6 (scheduling). Students also have the option to take an elective course that teaches how to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

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