Facility Management Master of science degree

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Overview

Physical assets can represent a significant financial investment for an organization. Careful attention must be paid to the sustainable life cycle of these facilities. Competent facility managers keep these valuable assets performing 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, sustainable 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/or managerial capacity to oversee the conceptualization, planning, programming, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning activities throughout the entire sustainable life-cycle of the critical physical assets across an organization. Graduates are 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.

Plan of study

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, a project, or a comprehensive exam to complete the program. For those choosing the thesis, an applied research topic should complement the student’s interests, professional position, or career aspirations. For those choosing the exam, one additional elective is required.

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

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-710
Research Methods
3
ESHS-702
Principles of Research Communication
3
ESHS-725
EHS Accounting and Finance
This course focuses on the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) costs of business decisions. Methods will be taught to identify and quantify EHS related costs and benefits that can lead an organization towards a more sustainable future.
3
ESHS-750
Project Management
This course has been designed to give the student an overview of the fundamental concepts of modern project management. Areas of focus include the project life cycle (PLC), the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), program evaluation review technique (PERT), critical path method (CPM), and various budgeting and resource allocation techniques. Discussion of project management organizations, negotiation and conflict resolution, and project termination will be included, along with an introduction to Project Management Institute (PMI) and Microsoft Project for Windows.
3
FCMG-660
Principles and Practice in Facility Management
Presents the overall methodology of facility management including organizational, managerial, ethical, and legal principles for the delivery of facility services. Topics discussed include: FM budgets, finance, history, regulatory and legal issues, corporate culture, contracts, purchasing and procurement, planning, management of projects, and personnel. It covers the relationship between the facility management function and the overall corporate structure.
3
FCMG-720
EHS in Facility Management
According to the International Facility Management Association the primary goal of facility managers is the management of safe, humane, and functional work environments in the context of sound ecological practices. This course will provide students with a solid foundation in environmental, health and safety management which will enhance their ability to develop and implement practices that promote and protect health, safety, security, the quality of work life, the environment, and organizational effectiveness pertaining to facilities. Topics examined include EHS moral, legal and economic issues; EHS related laws and regulations (OSHA, EPA, ADA); principles of accident causation and prevention, EHS management systems, fire protection and life safety codes, emergency preparedness, ergonomics, indoor air quality, mold, solid and hazardous waste, recycling, sustainable design, other environmental related issues, environmental psychology and impacts of facilities on individual, group and organizational performance, comfort and satisfaction.
3
FCMG-740
Real Estate in Facility Management
This course has been designed to give the student the knowledge and tools to manage property assets as an investment and/or profit center. The concepts covered in this course include asset management, master planning, property acquisition and disposal, interior programming, space planning, property and facility design parameters, regulatory and legal issues, market and financial analysis, ownership and leasing management, constituent service, inventory control, and future trends. All relevant issues from planning for facility needs to life-cycle property management through ultimate property disposition are covered in this course.
3
FCMG-760
Operations and Maintenance in Facility Management
This is a first course in operations and maintenance of facilities and provides a basic understanding of the physical plant. Students will learn about common systems within facilities including HVAC, communications, building's structural components, and exterior elements.
3
 
Professional Elective
3
FCMG-788
Thesis Planning
Students will rigorously develop their thesis research ideas, conduct literature reviews, identify and plan methodologies, prepare schedules, and gain a clear understanding of the expectations of the faculty and the discipline. Each student will be required to prepare a committee approved thesis research proposal and may begin work on their thesis.
3
FCMG-790
Thesis
The graduate thesis is a formal research document that empirically relates theory with practice. A formal written thesis and oral defense are required.
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-710
Research Methods
3
ESHS-702
Principles of Research Communication
3
ESHS-725
EHS Accounting and Finance
This course focuses on the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) costs of business decisions. Methods will be taught to identify and quantify EHS related costs and benefits that can lead an organization towards a more sustainable future.
3
ESHS-750
Project Management
This course has been designed to give the student an overview of the fundamental concepts of modern project management. Areas of focus include the project life cycle (PLC), the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), program evaluation review technique (PERT), critical path method (CPM), and various budgeting and resource allocation techniques. Discussion of project management organizations, negotiation and conflict resolution, and project termination will be included, along with an introduction to Project Management Institute (PMI) and Microsoft Project for Windows.
3
FCMG-660
Principles and Practice in Facility Management
Presents the overall methodology of facility management including organizational, managerial, ethical, and legal principles for the delivery of facility services. Topics discussed include: FM budgets, finance, history, regulatory and legal issues, corporate culture, contracts, purchasing and procurement, planning, management of projects, and personnel. It covers the relationship between the facility management function and the overall corporate structure.
3
FCMG-720
EHS in Facility Management
According to the International Facility Management Association the primary goal of facility managers is the management of safe, humane, and functional work environments in the context of sound ecological practices. This course will provide students with a solid foundation in environmental, health and safety management which will enhance their ability to develop and implement practices that promote and protect health, safety, security, the quality of work life, the environment, and organizational effectiveness pertaining to facilities. Topics examined include EHS moral, legal and economic issues; EHS related laws and regulations (OSHA, EPA, ADA); principles of accident causation and prevention, EHS management systems, fire protection and life safety codes, emergency preparedness, ergonomics, indoor air quality, mold, solid and hazardous waste, recycling, sustainable design, other environmental related issues, environmental psychology and impacts of facilities on individual, group and organizational performance, comfort and satisfaction.
3
FCMG-740
Real Estate in Facility Management
This course has been designed to give the student the knowledge and tools to manage property assets as an investment and/or profit center. The concepts covered in this course include asset management, master planning, property acquisition and disposal, interior programming, space planning, property and facility design parameters, regulatory and legal issues, market and financial analysis, ownership and leasing management, constituent service, inventory control, and future trends. All relevant issues from planning for facility needs to life-cycle property management through ultimate property disposition are covered in this course.
3
FCMG-760
Operations and Maintenance in Facility Management
This is a first course in operations and maintenance of facilities and provides a basic understanding of the physical plant. Students will learn about common systems within facilities including HVAC, communications, building's structural components, and exterior elements.
3
 
Professional Electives
6
FCMG-797
Graduate Project
This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their capabilities developed through their course of study to design, develop, and/or evaluate a facility management related project culminating in a written report or manuscript and presentation. In addition, students will also submit any work products that they create as part of their project
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Facility management (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-710
Research Methods
3
ESHS-702
Principles of Research Communication
3
ESHS-725
EHS Accounting and Finance
This course focuses on the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) costs of business decisions. Methods will be taught to identify and quantify EHS related costs and benefits that can lead an organization towards a more sustainable future.
3
ESHS-750
Project Management
This course has been designed to give the student an overview of the fundamental concepts of modern project management. Areas of focus include the project life cycle (PLC), the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), program evaluation review technique (PERT), critical path method (CPM), and various budgeting and resource allocation techniques. Discussion of project management organizations, negotiation and conflict resolution, and project termination will be included, along with an introduction to Project Management Institute (PMI) and Microsoft Project for Windows.
3
FCMG-660
Principles and Practice in Facility Management
Presents the overall methodology of facility management including organizational, managerial, ethical, and legal principles for the delivery of facility services. Topics discussed include: FM budgets, finance, history, regulatory and legal issues, corporate culture, contracts, purchasing and procurement, planning, management of projects, and personnel. It covers the relationship between the facility management function and the overall corporate structure.
3
FCMG-720
EHS in Facility Management
According to the International Facility Management Association the primary goal of facility managers is the management of safe, humane, and functional work environments in the context of sound ecological practices. This course will provide students with a solid foundation in environmental, health and safety management which will enhance their ability to develop and implement practices that promote and protect health, safety, security, the quality of work life, the environment, and organizational effectiveness pertaining to facilities. Topics examined include EHS moral, legal and economic issues; EHS related laws and regulations (OSHA, EPA, ADA); principles of accident causation and prevention, EHS management systems, fire protection and life safety codes, emergency preparedness, ergonomics, indoor air quality, mold, solid and hazardous waste, recycling, sustainable design, other environmental related issues, environmental psychology and impacts of facilities on individual, group and organizational performance, comfort and satisfaction.
3
FCMG-740
Real Estate in Facility Management
This course has been designed to give the student the knowledge and tools to manage property assets as an investment and/or profit center. The concepts covered in this course include asset management, master planning, property acquisition and disposal, interior programming, space planning, property and facility design parameters, regulatory and legal issues, market and financial analysis, ownership and leasing management, constituent service, inventory control, and future trends. All relevant issues from planning for facility needs to life-cycle property management through ultimate property disposition are covered in this course.
3
FCMG-760
Operations and Maintenance in Facility Management
This is a first course in operations and maintenance of facilities and provides a basic understanding of the physical plant. Students will learn about common systems within facilities including HVAC, communications, building's structural components, and exterior elements.
3
 
Professional Electives
6
FCMG-795
Comprehensive Exam
A written comprehensive exam is one of the non-thesis methodologies for completion of the MS degree. This course will provide a forum for independent review of the main concepts of each of the program core subject areas. The student will take a written examination at the conclusion of the course and must receive a passing grade of at least 80 percent to be successful. Students will have one additional opportunity to pass this examination if their initial attempt is unsuccessful. This examination is part of the comprehensive examination exit strategy.
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
36

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.

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.

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

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Additional Info

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.