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The graduate certificate in Facility Management is designed to educate and equip facility management students with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their performance and professional qualifications.

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Online Facilities Management Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate is 100% online and designed to develop fully-qualified facilities managers who are prepared to support and advance the facilities management profession.

According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), there is a critical need for professionally trained facility managers throughout the world. The current age of the average facility manager is 49, with 50% of the world’s facility managers expected to retire in the next five to fifteen years. With these seasoned managers stepping down, employers will have an increased need for well-trained employees from varying fields to fill these positions. Students who complete the Facility Management graduate certificate will be prepared to make an immediate positive impact in the facilities management field.


Facilities Management is a $1 trillion global industry with 25 million practicing facility management professionals, worldwide.

There were more than 118,000 job postings for facilities management occupational positions in the United States in the past 12 months and more than 10,000 in Texas. The number of Facilities Management positions are projected to increase by more than 10% in the next 10 years, and by more than 18% in Texas.

Sources: IMFA Foundation, Burning Glass Analytics,

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that job demand for facilities managers and administrative services managers will grow by 10% by 2026. This is faster than average when compared to other occupations.”


The prerequisites for this program are a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, architecture, sciences, business, or other facility management related field or discipline.  Practicing facility managers with at least two years of experience in facility management and a bachelor’s degree in other fields will also be admitted to the program, with approval of the program coordinator.

To maintain enrollment in the certificate program, students should maintain a 3.0-grade point average throughout tenure in the program.

Program Coordinator

Dave Riker


 General University Requirements Must meet certificate program regulations.
 Application A completed Graduate School application, unless currently enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation Recommended.
 Statement of Purpose Not required.
 Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.

 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements

  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.
Course Title Course Description
FM 5003: 

Facilities Management Professional Trends

Taught by Michael Noll

Course includes an in-depth analysis of the most common practices of Facility & Property Managers, including sustainability issues, environmental factors, buildings safety, leasing activities, building technologies, continuous quality improvement, and FM and real estate trends & practices.
FM 5113:

Operations and Maintenance of Built Assets

Taught by Thomas Mitchell

Course provides an in-depth discussion of FM Operations & Maintenance, including building systems, and approaches to operating and maintaining facilities, the effective development and management of facilities predictive, preventive, & corrective maintenance programs, and other aspects of FM maintenance and operations.
FM 5213:

Project Management, Planning, and Execution 

Taught by Dave Riker and Bob Rawski

Course provides in-depth discussion of facilities project management from initial project planning, estimating and scope definition, through design & construction to project closeout.  The course includes project manager roles & responsibilities, project processes & life cycles, programming, scope, design deliverables, project plans, critical path method project scheduling & control, and project oversight from start to finish.
FM 5313:

Business and Financial Aspects of Facilities Management

Taught by Belinda Dovalina

Course includes analysis, budgeting, accounting, risk management & reporting to demonstrate applications of facility financial management to prepare students to analyze & interpret financial statements to make FM decisions, and understand & apply accounting and finance principles to facility management business operations, and manage facilities financial and other high-value assets to effectively deliver facility services.
FM 5413:

Facilities Management Leadership and Excellence

Taught by Dave Riker and Thomas Mitchell

Course provides fundamental FM leadership concepts and practices from strategic facility planning, development & execution of facility services, effective leadership of the facility organization, appropriate methods of measuring and evaluating facility performance, identification of root causes of negative performance and ways to continuously improve performance with a focus on performance excellence.

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