Schools with Facilities Management Programs: How to Choose

Dec 12, 2019

The majority of professional facility management certification programs require applicants to have at least two years' worth of college credits and experience working in the field. Certificate and degree programs are available at some 2- and 4-year institutions throughout the country.

Facility managers coordinate the workers and physical operations of large businesses and institutions. Undergraduate and professional certificates, as well as associate's and bachelor's degrees, are available in the field.

10 Schools with Facilities Planning and Management Programs

Facilities planning and management programs are offered by these schools.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition(2018-2019)*
Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 4-year, Private Bachelor's $5,620 Undergraduate
Butler County Community College Butler, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $7,950 In-state Undergraduate; $10,950 Out-of-state Undergraduate
CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,120 In-state Undergraduate; $14,790 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,354 In-state Undergraduate; $16,434 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI 4-year, Public Associate's $4,407 In-state Undergraduate; $6,512 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,376 In-state Undergraduate; $15,326 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private Master's $45,520 Graduate
Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH 2-year, Public Certificate $2,870 In-state Undergraduate; $4,004 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 4-year, Private Master's $40,896 Graduate

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are some important factors to consider when selecting a facility management school.

  • You should determine whether the program has been recognized by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the professional organization responsible for establishing educational guidelines and administering the CFM examination.
  • Cooperative education components of a program are vital, as they allow you to receive hands-on experience in managing a local business facility.
  • Students wishing to work in a certain type of facility or area of operations should determine whether a program permits them to concentrate their studies in a specific aspect of facilities management, such as construction or design aspects of managing a facility.
  • Programs vary from undergraduate certificates to graduate degrees; review the program courses and make sure you select a program that is suited to your long-term career goals.

Facilities Management Certificate Programs

These programs consist of 15-30 credit hours of study. Applicants need only a high school diploma or its equivalent. Most programs also offer cooperative learning options or internships. Graduates are usually eligible to sit for the CFM examination.

Associate's Degree Facility Management Programs

These programs require two years of general education and field-specific study. Credits earned may transfer to a 4-year college or university.

Bachelor's Degree Facility Management Programs

Consisting of an average of 120 credit hours, these programs typically require four years of study. Students must complete general education classes as well as facility management coursework. Programs may require students to complete a research project or several internships.

Facility Management Professional Certificate Programs

These programs consist of approximately five classes. Prerequisites for enrollment may include an undergraduate degree in facilities management or a related field, as well as experience in the field. Graduates are able to sit for the CFM examination.

There are a number of facility management programs offered that can lead to an undergraduate certificate or associate's degree; bachelor's degree and master's degree programs are also available. It's important to determine what type of credentials you want to pursue and consider the costs, location and accreditation of the program when choosing a school.

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