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Facility Management MS

Program overview

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

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

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

The program was designed 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 was developed using educational standards established by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and is accredited by IFMA.


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 studentís interests and professional position, and are generally considered applied in nature.

Facility management (thesis, capstone, and comprehensive exam options), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. 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 ExamÜ  
      Thesis Planning, Thesis  
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

* The graduate project option requires students to complete one additional professional elective.

Ü The comprehensive exam option requires students to complete two additional electives.

Admission requirements

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

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 studentís needs based on the evaluation of academic records and documented work experience.

Some studentsí 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.

Additional information

Flexible learning options

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.

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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