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Bachelor of Science in Facility Management

The BS Program, offered through the Architecture and Facility Management Department within the College of Engineering Technology, is one of a broad array of two- and four-year programs focused on design, construction, and control of the built environment. The program has been designed as an upper division specialization for graduates of Ferris State University and community college Associate Degree Programs in Architectural Technology and related curricula. Accommodation may be made for graduates of other programs outside the construction disciplines.

The Bachelor of Science in Facility Management is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Facility Management. Also, all of the faculty currently teaching in the program are licensed architects and/or hold the IFMA Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation.

Facility Management is a significant function within the corporate structure. As defined within the International Facility Management Association's (IFMA) official statement: It is ". . . the practice of coordinating the physical workplace with the people and the work of the organization . . . integrating the principles of business administration, architecture and the behavioral and engineering sciences."

The baccalaureate program in Facility Management at Ferris State University has been developed to meet this specification. A core of general education, business studies, building technology, and facility course work provide graduates with the skills, knowledge, and abilities for employment in the growing field of corporate facility management, as well as in related areas with consulting and service firms.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  • Provide a foundation in mathematics and physical science, behavioral science, written and verbal communication, and computer skills.
  • Provide a solid foundation in business and management and its application to Facility Management.
  • Develop an ability to use the tools and techniques of the facility manager.
  • Develop an understanding of facility analysis, planning and design.
  • Develop knowledge of the architectural and construction process.
  • Develop knowledge of contemporary office technology and philosophy.
  • Develop knowledge of building systems technology and the proper operation and care of those systems.

Student Outcomes (SOs)

  • Effective Communication: Students will use a variety of media to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Leadership and Management: Students will understand, identify, and summarize organizational, managerial, ethical and legal principles for the delivery of facility management services.
  • Human and Environment Factors: Students will understand and integrate concepts concerning relationships between the physical work environment, social, psychological and physiological needs of the users; and understand and integrate concepts concerning safe and functional work environments in the context of sustainable ecological practices.
  • Operations and Maintenance: Students will understand and integrate operation, planning, budgeting, and management practices for: building systems, system operations, system diagnostics, maintenance, occupant services, and real estate holdings.
  • Internship: Students will reinforce classroom concepts through engagement in and completion of the FM internship program.
  • Professionalism & Career Potential: Students will demonstrate success in finding employment and/or continuing their education after graduation.

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for a graduate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 120 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
  • A minimum of 40 credits of 300 level or higher courses must be earned.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA is required in the Major Courses section.

Admittance Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: February 1st prior to fall semester requested.
  • The Facility Management, BS degree is only open to students who meet the Transfer Student Admission Requirements below.
  • High school students interested in this program may apply to the Building Construction Technology, AAS, Civil Engineering Technology - Highway Emphasis, AAS or Architectural Technology, AAS program.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Must have completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology or Equivalent, a minimum of 60 credit hours
  • 2.75 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale) (2.50 -2.74 with college approval) 
  • Placement in MATH 115/116

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics - Facility Management


Fall Enrollment Numbers* - 24

Spring Enrollment Numbers* - 25

Degrees Awarded September - August - 17


Fall Enrollment Numbers* - 22

Spring Enrollment Numbers* - 25

Degrees Awarded September - August - 10


Fall Enrollment Numbers* - 27

Spring Enrollment Numbers* - 34

Degrees Awarded September - August - 20


Fall Enrollment Numbers* - 23

Spring Enrollment Numbers* - 21

Degrees Awarded September - August - 11


Fall Enrollment Numbers* - 20

Spring Enrollment Numbers* - 19

Degrees Awarded September - August - TBD

*currently only includes primary major in Facility Management does not include dual majors at this time.