2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Master of Science in Facility Management

Facility Management (MSFM)
Leading to the Master of Science Degree

Philip Hammond, Director of Graduate Programs
Dobbs Hall, Room 107
617-989-4594

Facility Management is the holistic management of real property and the infrastructure of an organization with the aim of improving the productivity of its core business. It is the practice of coordinating the physical workplace with the people and work of the organization.  Facility Management integrates the principles of business administration, project management, architecture and the behavioral and engineering sciences.

The MSFM program is designed to combine common general management techniques with current facility management practices and technologies. The curriculum will provide graduates with the tools and managerial decision making processes related specifically to maintaining and managing the built environment.

Master of Science in Facility Management Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Facility Management is a program of study for facility management professionals.  The program is designed to educate students in foundational post-graduate management principles combined with relevant facility management education and experience in topics that are specific to preparing and advancing professionals’ skills in administrative and executive leadership positions in corporate industry and related disciplines.  Both thesis and non-thesis options are available which allow for a variety of employment or educational opportunities including but not limited to working for business sector headquarters in industries such as healthcare, finance, education, high-tech, and bio-tech, as well as advanced education and teaching options.

MSFM Program Learning Goals

  • Apply general management techniques to analyze and implement facility decisions for business, non-profit, and government organizations.
  • Describe and demonstrate the implementation of management principles relating specifically to maintaining and managing the built environment.
  • Formulate effective communication strategies/processes for delivering concepts, financial information, and strategic and tactical information regarding real property, equipment and staffing to all levels of staff in a business organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by leading a team from conception through completion and closeout of an assigned project.
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills by participating constructively as a team member on an assigned project.
  • Develop a facilities technology strategy for a business or other organization that demonstrates knowledge of different technology platforms, workplace management systems and CAFM; and of the larger social, ethical, and legal issues related to information, telecommunications and other supporting technologies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research tools appropriate for analyzing and developing solutions for facilities management problems.
  • Describe what constitutes effective sustainable policy and use that knowledge to develop a corporate sustainable program.
  • Create an energy policy for a business or organization that reflects knowledge of how buildings use energy, and of proven methods to reduce energy consumption.
  • Formulate and complete a complex project that demonstrates mastery of both the technical and managerial aspects of strategic facility management.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 30

This is a five-semester program, starting in the fall of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s second year.  Students may choose to complete an optional thesis during a sixth semester; it is not required for graduation.

Facility Management (MSFM)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 6)

  • FMGT7000, Project Management Applications
  • MGMT7400, Executive Leadership

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 6)

  • MGMT7050, Business Finance and Investments
  • MGMT7450, Executive Leadership

First Year, Summer Semester (total credits 6)

  • FMGT7100, Contemporary Issues in Managing Technology
  • MGMT7250, Strategic Financial Decision Making

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 6)

  • FMGT7300, Facility Operations
  • FMGT7500, Quantitative Methods in FM Research

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 6)

  • FMGT7200, Energy/Sustainability
  • FMGT8000, Facility Management Capstone

Second Year, Summer Semester (total credits 6)

  • FMGT8900, Facility Management Thesis, OPTIONAL