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Master of Science in Facility Management

College of Professional & Continuing Education

Part Time
Graduate Program
Masters Programs
On Campus, Online

Program Description

The Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) prepares you for an exciting career in facility management. Today’s facility managers wear many hats, coordinating people, places and processes. Our program combines instruction in project management, real estate, space planning and quantity assessment to help students develop key skills and knowledge to support the operation and maintenance of an organization’s facilities. Graduates of the program pursue careers as Directors of Facility Management, Property Managers, and Facility Managers.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Online and classroom-based learning formats to accommodate your learning style and schedule
  • A flexible, part-time program than can be completed in as little as 2 years
  • Classes taught by distinguished faculty & industry experts

What to expect:

  • 10 classes
  • 5 semesters 
  • 30 credits

 

  • Program Objectives

    • Familiarity with advanced theories and best practices in the integration of people, places and processes within the built environment.
    • Ability to apply principles of facility management to real-life challenges.
    • Mastery of core facility management competencies including communication, energy and sustainability, business finance, leadership, project management and technology.
  • Admissions Requirements & Tuition

    Applicants to the Master of Science in Facility Management program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in facility management, architecture, engineering, construction management, business or interior design. Candidates should be able to demonstrate competency in accounting or finance, real estate, project management, operations and general management. These competencies may be gained through verifiable work experience or academic experience, as well as through the Undergraduate Certificate in Facilities Management. Other admissions requirements include:

    • Online application
    • Current resume
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • One professional letter of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Application deadline: August 1, 2019

    Tuition:

    • $1,135 per credit hour
  • Start Terms

    • Fall 2019 (online)
  • Course Descriptions

    • Project Management Applications  This course covers project management responsibilities from concept phase through completion. Topics include budgeting and cost estimating, the delivery process, programming, team selection, managing construction, project closure and oversight.
    • Executive Leadership – Topics include organizational design, work practices and cultural norms and the relationship between power and influence. Students evaluate different approaches to organizational change, and the role of leadership in contemporary organizations.
    • Business Finance & Investments ­– This course is designed to develop the financial skills and thought processes necessary to understand and implement financial policy decisions in a global economy and addresses the impact of legal, social, technological and ethical considerations related to the practice of corporate finance. This course stresses effective written and oral communication skills necessary for the design and implementation of financial decisions.
    • Strategic Financial Decision Making – Students learn to evaluate financial issues and become familiar with the concepts and mechanics of the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. Emphasis is on using financial data as a tool for decision-making.
    • Contemporary Issues Managing Tech – Topics include the design and implementation of voice and data communication networks, client service applications and business communications systems for enhancing collaborative work.
    • Communication Strategies – Focuses on using oral and written communication skills to advance ideas, agendas and careers in an organization. Students will write executive summaries, full reports and develop presentations to best communicate their ideas.
    • Facility Operations – Areas of study include advanced mechanical and electrical systems, energy conservation, upgrading systems with tenants in place, preventive maintenance and the implications of maintenance and operations for planning and design.
    • Quantitative Methods in FM – Introduction to the main quantitative and qualitative research methods as applied to facilities management, including tools, proposal writing and reports. Emphasis is placed upon research planning and design.
    • Energy/Sustainability – Topics include sources, forms, and methods used to assess and manage energy use in buildings. Provides a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts in sustainable practices.
    • Facility Management Capstone – As a capstone requirement of the program, students complete an approved scope of work showing the analytical capacities and creative skills expected of a professional in this field. The demonstration can involve original research, a work-related project or an extension of course-related work.
    • Facility Management Thesis – The optional thesis is intended for those interested in pursuing further study or college-level teaching, or who otherwise desire to produce a more focused product than is completed in the capstone course. The thesis is undertaken by the student in collaboration with the graduate program director and a faculty advisor, and may be research or project-based.

Program Curriculum

  • YEAR ONE

    Fall Semester (total credits 6)

    • FMGT7000, Project Management Applications
    • MGMT7400, Executive Leadership


    Spring Semester (total credits 6)

    • MGMT7050, Business Finance and Investments
    • MGMT7450, Communication Strategies

     

    Summer Semester (total credits 6)

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

    Fall Semester (total credits 6)

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

    Spring Semester (total credits 6)

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

    Summer Semester (total credits 6)

    • FMGT8900, Facility Management Thesis, OPTIONAL

Program Tracking Sheet

Facility Management in the World

Earnings in 2016:

Facility Managers with Master of Science degrees on average brought home more than 120K per year after graduation.

Top 5 Job Titles for Facility Managers:

  • Project Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • Facilities Space Planner
  • Space Project Manager
  • Project Coordinator