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Pratt's 35-credit Master of Science in Facilities Management, accredited by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), is offered evenings at Pratt's Manhattan campus.  

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Facilities Management Program
04.0902 Architectural & Building Science Technology


What is Facilities Management?

Facilities Management is a profession charged with providing and maintaining an appropriate built environment for all types of organizations. Facilities Managers represent an organization’s interests with respect to the facility operations and corporate assets. According to the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), this “profession encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of the built environment by integrating people, place, process, and technology.”

The Facilities Managers are the “Managers of the Built Environment.”

They:
  • translate the strategic and human requirements of the organization into facilities master plans;
  • they identify optimal real estate investments;
  • manage real estate transactions and capital construction project;
  • enhance the organization’s productivity and staff satisfaction through sustainable, efficient building operations and maintenance;
  • optimize the organizational performance through facility support services
The Facilities Manager applies:
  • general management competencies to the facility and its human assets
  • principles of finance, accounting, law, and real property management
  • principles of strategic planning consistent with stakeholder needs
  • computer software to perform facilities valuation and audits, space management audits and sustainable and energy efficient maintenance, operations, and services management
  • focuses on economic and environmental sustainability

Who studies Facilities Management?

Facilities Managers come from a wide range of backgrounds such as business, architecture, planning, interior design, real estate, or engineering, but many of our students come from entirely different fields, such as management, finance, environmental studies, psychology, and others. Due to their diverse backgrounds and experience, graduates are able to manage a range of facilities for fashion designers, businesses, hotels, universities, museums, hospitals, residences, non-profits, transportation systems, or government agencies.

Who employs Facilities Managers?

Everyone! All organizations have a Facilities Management function, and due to the nature of the industry and the size of the organization, this function may be labeled variously “Corporate Real Estate,” “Property Management,” “Asset Management,” or “Office Management.” Additionally, many organizations outsource facility functions to Facilities Service provider which in turn creates whole corporations that service a parent company. Consequently, our graduates have a wide range of opportunities from which to choose. Opportunities are growing in number due to the advances in building systems and the focus on “smart building,” the facility manager needs to be both technically savvy and computer literate in building management software.

Open Houses

Prospective students of the Pratt Institute Facilities Management Program are always welcome to schedule an appointment by contacting fm@pratt.edu.

Opportunities for cross-disciplinary study:

As part of the School of Architecture, the Facilities Management Program provides a unique opportunity for enriched study by taking elective courses offered through the graduate programs of Real Estate Practice, the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE), 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.

The Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) offers courses in:

  • Sustainability: LEED certification, green roofs, energy conservation, alternative energy sources, construction innovation, and more.
  • Preservation and Architectural History, adaptive reuse, and landmark approvals.
  • Planning and development: Further real estate development expertise can be garnered through combination of Construction Management, Real Estate Practice and other GCPE electives dealing with zoning, public approvals, market studies, adaptive reuse, real estate law, environmental law, historic preservation compliance, and more.
  • View more information about GCPE. 

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