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 program is accredited by the ANSAC Accreditation Commission of ABET as achieving the highest standards of the commission's guidelines for formal facility management education. 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

  • Complete Facility Management curriculum.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major, and overall.

Admittance Requirements

  • Application for admission should be submitted by February 1 prior to fall semester requested.
  • Associate Degree from Architectural Technology or equivalent program or 60+ credit hours.
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Students not holding an AAS degree in Architectural Technology from Ferris State University may require additional courses to meet University General Education Requirements as listed in the current Ferris State University Catalog. These students may contact the Architecture and Facility Management Department Chair to determine their individual curriculum requirements prior to enrolling in the program.

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics - Facility Management

Academic 

Year

Fall Enrollment

Numbers*

Spring Enrollment

Numbers*

Degrees Awarded

September - August

2016-17 24 25 17
2017-18 22 25 10
2018-19 27 34 20
2019-20 23 21 11
2020-21 20 19 TBD

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