Facilities Management M.S.
The Facilities Management program prepares students to assume leadership roles in managing an organization’s built environment, either as internal employees or as external service providers. The program equips students with the capabilities to effectively manage the entire facilities life cycle: They can direct planning, design, and construction activities and ensure that they are fully coordinated with the operations, maintenance, and services functions. They ensure that the organization’s concern for a solid bottom line, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability is reflected in how the organization’s facility assets are positioned, operated, maintained, and serviced. The program draws from NYC’s vibrant real estate environment: Innovative approaches to emerging technologies, risk management, industry case studies, sustainable practices, cost effectiveness and ethical values distinguish our alumni as they lead the efforts to advance the quality of the built environment.
The Facilities Management program within the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute seeks to provide the strategic and managerial context that is needed for professionals to effectively plan, finance, design, build, and operate an organization’s build environment.
The Master of Science program in Facilities Management, accredited by the International Facility Management Association Foundation, is committed to prepare its graduates to be professionals and problem-solvers that can assume executive responsibilities in the management of an organization's built environment.
Graduates of the Facilities Management Master Program will:
Be able to design an effective Facilities Management function
1. Be able to maximize the value of a built environment to further an organization's mission and vision
- Be able to analyze and design the processes needed to manage the entire facilities asset life cycle.
- Understand the parties involved in these processes, their roles and responsibilities.
- Understand the strategic value that is generated by each of these processes.
- Be able to manage the change needed to make the Facilities function more productive.
Possess the technical skills needed to be effective in FM
2. Have a solid grasp of what facilities are and how they are managed throughout their lifecycle
- Understand the systems that comprise a "facility."
- Understand how local and international market and regulatory forces impact facilities, and how they are valuated and assessed.
- Understand how facilities are being development and planned.
- Understand the core principles of Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Regulatory Compliance, Construction Management, Maintenance, Operations, and Service Delivery.
- Understand how facilities can be managed and enhanced to reflect principles of environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.
Possess the managerial skills to be effective in complex environments
3. Be able to communicate and lead effectively and have the necessary financial skills
- Be able to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels.
- Be able to direct and motivate multi-disciplinary teams effectively across all facility lifecycle processes, and/or to play a role as a valuable team member.
- Apply the principles of finance and accounting to improve the economic position of the organization's built environment.
- Apply the legal principles to effectively negotiate real estate transactions, manage contracts or hire professional services.
- Understand the importance of ethical practice.
Understand the concept of Excellence
4. Possess the skills to be effective in FM
- Deliver quality outcomes that exceed stakeholder expectations.
- Use key performance metrics to continuously improve organizational performance.
- Effectively utilize Facilities Information Systems (BIM/CAFM/IWMS/CMMS etc) to support operational, managerial, and strategic goals.
Possess a passion for lifelong learning
5. Appreciate the broadness of facilities management and develop an interest to continuously expand their knowledge
Pratt's Master of Science in Facilities Management degree program is accredited by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). The degree requires the completion of 45 credits of course work and a 5-credit Demonstration of Professional Competence for a total of 50 credits.
As part of the Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD), the Pratt Facilities Management Program is unique in its opportunity for enriched study, potentially leading to careers in real estate development, as well as expertise in sustainability and preservation.
The core courses include 33 credits of lecture and seminar courses in Facilities Management and 12 credits of electives. Elective courses are available through the graduate programs in the PSPD, as well as in Architecture, Construction Management, and Interior Design. Students entering the program with prior professional experience or graduate work in related fields may be eligible for up to 12 credits of advanced standing.
- Sustainability Electives can be taken in PSPD programs to provide depth as to a variety of sustainability practices: LEED certification, green roofs, energy conservation, alternative energy sources, construction innovation, and more.
- Preservation Electives can be taken in PSPD programs to provide extra knowledge of architectural history, adaptive reuse, and landmark approvals.
- Planning and development Further real estate development expertise can be garnered through combination of Construction Management and other PSPD electives dealing with zoning, public approvals, market studies, adaptive reuse, real estate law, environmental law, historic preservation compliance, and more.
- Work and research The Facilities Management courses are offered in the evening at the Pratt Manhattan Center, affording students the maximum flexibility to combine work, study, and research.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in architecture, construction management, engineering, or interior design. Applicants in other fields are eligible but may be required to take non-credit courses in building technology unless they have acquired equivalent knowledge through non-academic experience. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if there is room. A statement of purpose in essay format (600 words) is required. The GRE or GMAT is optional; neither are required. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if there is room.
Facilities Management Requirements, 50 TOTAL CREDITS, 2013
FM-663 Real Estate Development
FM-633 Managerial Accounting and Finance
FM-621 Computer Applications for Facilities
FM-632 Project Management
FM-636 Facility Maintenance/Operation
FM-733 Economic Evaluation of Facilities
FM-771 Legal Issues
FM-735 Telecommunications:concepts, Strategies OR