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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

Be an effective leader and manager

The Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) program is designed for working professionals who wish to advance their career by strengthening their skills and knowledge of facility management principles. This part-time program (which is also offered in an online option) covers topics in project management, real estate, space planning and quantity assessment to allow students to continue to work while completing their studies.

To earn the degree, you will complete 30 credits, comprising 10 courses, including a capstone. You may also choose to complete a thesis, bringing the total credits to 36. The program can typically be completed within two years.

 

  • Program Objectives

    You will emerge from the Master of Science in Facility Management program prepared for professional and personal success in a field of growing demand and opportunity:

    • Graduates of the Master of Science in Facility Management program will be prepared for leadership roles in facility management and related industries.
    • Research shows facility management professionals are in demand now more than ever, with 65-70% of facility managers expected to retire in the next 5 to 10 years. The International Facility Management Association reported in their 2011 survey that the mean salary for facility managers in the United States is approximately $100,000.
    • Graduates will foster strong professional relationships with classmates and instructors who are industry professionals.
  • Admissions Requirements & Process

    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 Wentworth’s Facilities Management (TCFC) professional certificate. Other admissions requirements include:

    • Online application
    • Current resume
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • Two professional recommendations
    • Statement of purpose

    Tuition:

    • $1,135 per credit hour
  • Curriculum Description

    • 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, Executive Leadership

    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 2015:

Facility Managers with Master of Science degrees on average brought home more than 95K per year.

Top 5 Job Titles for Facility Managers:

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