Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology

MS in Facility Management


The physical assets of an organization are typically one of its largest financial holdings, and the strategic planning, development, and maintenance of these assets are critical to an organization’s financial health and stability.

Facility managers need to be knowledgeable about business management, strategic planning, interior and architectural design, construction management, information technology, real estate, engineering, labor relations, and quality of life aspects in the work environment. It’s a broad-based field that requires individuals to have breadth and depth in their education.

The facility management program prepares graduates to work in a management capacity where they will oversee the operations, planning, and maintenance of facilities. Graduates will be able to intelligently communicate facility issues with corporate officers, customers, contractors, vendors, and employees.

RIT’s master of science degree in facility management was developed by a panel of experienced facility management professionals and designed to provide students with a solid foundation in both the technical and managerial aspects of the field. The curriculum is accredited by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation

Dr. John Morelli, Department Chair
(585) 475-7213,

Joseph Rosenbeck, Professor, Program Director
(585) 475-6469,  

Semester Curriculum(2014/15)


The program consists of 33 semester credit hours of graduate study and is available predominately through online learning, although some courses and electives are available as on-campus classes. The curriculum consists of core courses and professional electives (chosen from the program or other departments). Students must choose a graduate thesis, a project, or a comprehensive exam to complete the program. Thesis and project topics should complement the student’s interests and professional position, and are generally considered applied in nature.

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-710 Research Methods 3
ESHS-715 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-725 EHS Accounting and Finance 3
ESHS-750 Project Management 3
FCMG-660 Principles and Practice in Facility Management 3
FCMG-720 EHS in Facility Management 3
FCMG-740 Real Estate in Facility Management 3
FCMG-760 Operations and Maintenance in Facility Management 3
Professional Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 6
Graduate Project*
Comprehensive Exam†
Thesis Planning, Thesis
Total Semester Credit Hours 33


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Course descriptions

Course descriptions for semesters will be coming soon.

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Online study

The program can be completed full-time through on-campus study or via distance learning in two to three semesters. Part-time students may take five to six semesters to complete the program. With adviser approval students can tailor an individual program of study by complementing core courses with professional electives that match their academic and career interests. Students complete a graduate project that integrates facility management concepts into applied research to solve real world problems.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS degree in facility management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. Generally, applicants are expected to have formal academic training or documented experience in the areas common to facility management (i.e., engineering technology, engineering, construction management, interior design, architecture, technology, business). Academic and experiential gaps in these areas may be addressed through program electives.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 for course work completed in the junior and senior years.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit two writing samples to demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae with sufficient detail to identify specific work experience, tasks, and level of responsibility.
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) is required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum acceptable scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score for an unconditional acceptance is 6.5. It is recommended that international students begin the program in the fall semester.

GRE scores are not required. However, applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be required to submit scores to support their candidacy.

Students who do not meet the academic admission requirements may be asked to complete certain undergraduate courses as a bridge for the required content knowledge. The graduate program director will design a bridge program specific to each individual student’s needs based on the evaluation of academic records and documented work experience.

Some students’ work experience may exempt them from one or more of the core courses. In these cases, students may substitute other course work, with the permission of the graduate program director and in accordance with RIT policy.

Applicants without any documented, relevant work experience in the facility management profession may be required to complete a graduate cooperative education placement.

Transfer credit

With the permission of the department, relevant graduate course work may be transferred into the program, per the maximum number of credit hours allowed.

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