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Facility Management MS

Todd Dunn, Department Chair
(585) 475-7213, gtdite@rit.edu

Jeffrey Rogers, Program Head
(585) 475-4185, jmrceh@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/cetems/

Program overview

Physical assets can represent a significant financial investment for an organization. Careful attention must be paid to the development, operation, and maintenance of these facilities. Well-trained managers keep these valuable assets operating in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Today’s facility managers must be knowledgeable about organizational behavior, strategic planning, business continuity, emergency preparedness planning, environmental, health and safety management, architectural/engineering design, real-estate planning, space programming, human-resource management, financial manage­ment, construction management, technology management, and asset manage­ment. They should also have experience using the latest digital communication and analytical tools in the field. The facility management profession is a broad-based technology management field that requires individuals to have depth and breadth in their education and, eventually, their work experience in order to enhance the quality of life aspects within the work environment.

The MS degree in facility management prepares students to work in a supervisory and management capacity where they will oversee the conceptualization, planning, programming, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning activities throughout the entire life-cycle of the critical physical assets across an organization. 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 managerial foundation in the technical, human, and financial aspects of the field.

Accreditation

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

Curriculum

The program consists of 33 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 choose either a graduate thesis or project to complete the program. For those choosing the thesis, an applied research topic should complement the student’s interests, professional position, or career aspirations.

Facility management (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-725 EHS Accounting and Finance 3
ESHS-750 EHS and FM 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
   Thesis Planning, Thesis  6
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Facility management (graduate project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-725 EHS Accounting and Finance 3
ESHS-750 EHS and FM 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 Electives 6
  Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

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. 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.

Additional information

Flexible learning options

The program can be completed full-time through online 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.

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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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

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 organization’s 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. It’s 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 graduates 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 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 was developed using educational standards established by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and is accredited by IFMA.

Curriculum

The MS in facility management consists of 52 quarter credit hours of graduate study. The program is available predominately in the online learning format, although some courses and electives are available as on-campus classes. The curriculum consists of a sequence of core courses, professional electives (chosen from the program or other departments), and a graduate project. Project topics should complement the student’s interests and professional position, and are generally considered applied in nature.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Facility management, MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
0101-703 Accounting for Decision Makers 4
0102-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 4
0630-750 Project Management 4
0632-700 Principles and Practice in Facility Management 4
0632-720 Environmental, Health and Safety Management for Facility Management 4
0632-760 Space Planning in Facility Management 4
0632-800 Operation and Maintenance of Facilities I 4
0632-810 Operation and Maintenance of Facilities II 4
0632-830 Real Estate of Facilities 4
0632-850 Digital Communication and Analytical Tools in Facility Management 4
0630-891 Graduate Project 4
  Professional Electives 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 52

Facility management (thesis, capstone, and comprehensive exam options), MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

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 Exam†  
   FCMG-788, 790    Thesis Planning, Thesis  
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

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

† 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:

  • 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 quarter.

GRE scores normally are not required. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, however, 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.

Additional information

Flexible learning options

The program can be completed on-campus or through distance learning in four quarters of full-time study, or six quarters of part-time study. 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 will complete a graduate project that integrates facility management concepts into applied research to solve real world problems.

Transfer credit

With department approval, up to 12 quarter credit hours of graduate course work may be transferred into the program if the course work is appropriate.