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(2015-2016)*|
|Brigham Young University-Provo||Provo, UT||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$5,150 Undergraduate|
|Butler County Community College||Butler, PA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,230 In-state Undergraduate; $7,230 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|CUNY New York City College of Technology||Brooklyn, NY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,669 In-state Undergraduate; $13,779 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Ecotech Institute||Aurora, CO||2-year, Private||Associate's||$13,932 Undergraduate|
|Fitchburg State University||Fitchburg, MA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,935 In-state Undergraduate; $16,015 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Associate's||$4,217 In-state Undergraduate; $6,143 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Missouri State University-Springfield||Springfield, MO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,060 In-state Undergraduate; $13,930 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private||Master's||$40,158 Graduate|
|Sinclair Community College||Dayton, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate||$146.28** In-state Undergraduate per credit hour; $282.40** Out-of-state Undergraduate per credit hour|
|Southern Methodist University||Dallas, TX||4-year, Private||Master's||$40,896 Graduate|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); **School website (2016-2017)
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.