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Master of Science in Architectural Studies: Facility Management Track


Program Description

The Master of Science in Architectural Studies: Facility Management Track is a collaborative professional degree program between the School of Architecture and the School of Business and Industry.  The Master of Science in Architectural Studies: Facility Management Track is appropriate for those who have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and wish to acquire an industry driven professional degree that enables the graduate to perform facility management services. Facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process, and technologyThis Master’s track require independent thinking skills and the ability to solve challenging problems through research, investigation, analysis, and development of sound and learned solutions as well as include a presentation and defense.  The Master of Science in Architectural Studies: Facility Management Track does not prepare graduates to become licensed as an architect (see Bachelor and Master of Architecture). 


The Master of Science in Architectural Studies: Facility Management Track is seeking accreditation through the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation.  Summer 2015 full accreditation should be acquired as two cohorts (spring 2014, spring 2015) would have graduated.  The undergraduate collaborative Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Program Major in Facility Management has received provisional accreditation and should receive full spring 2014.  Graduates from the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Program Major in Facility Management and The Master of Science in Architectural Studies: Facility Management Track are eligible to work in private practice, government, or industry and to be licensed as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM), Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional. 


Facility management function consists of a distinct set of responsibilities which are met in the multi-disciplined course offerings.  These include:

  • Architectural planning and design (Quality)
  • Energy use analysis and planning (Finance and Building)
  • Environmental impact  and strategic planning (Quality)
  • Budgeting and acquisitions (Finance and Business)
  • Building delivery and construction management (Leadership and Strategy, Finance and Business)
  • Maintenance and operations management (Communication, Leadership and Strategy)
  • New technologies of enclosed buildings (Quality)


Salary Report 

The “Profiles 2011 Salary and Demographics Report" illustrates a career path that compensates its practitioners well.


Professional Responsibilities

The course requirements meet the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation standards.  Managing these areas of responsibility requires the merging of critical thinking, business skills, technical expertise, and research.  Graduates will be highly skilled professionals ( The Florida A&M University model prepares future facilities managers with the knowledge and skills to:

i.                    Plan and organize facility function:

1.                  Interface with professionals and clients in the design and construction of facilities

2.                  Perceive design requirements, their impact on quality of life and environmental issues, and their value in the engineering of facilities

3.                  Prepare candidates to work at the local, state, national and international level.

ii.                  Manage personnel assigned to the facility function:

1.                  Coordinate efforts of in-house staff and consultants to perform specific aspects of the facilities management function.

2.                  Evaluate performance and support personnel development

3.                  Provide leadership

iii.                Administer the facility function:

1.                  Synthesize interdisciplinary efforts and act across traditional administrative, planning, and operational boundaries to organize, coordinate, and control diverse facilities and management activities.

2.                  Analyze facilities needs and develop planning initiatives and effective implementation strategies that are responsive to specific current and projected facilities issues.

iv.                Manage the Delivery of Facility Services:

1.                  Manage the process of facility development to complete projects on schedule and within budget, to a specified standard of quality

2.                  Coordinate development activities with ongoing operations to minimize disruptions and maintain the continuity of facilities functions and economic viability.


A typical candidate must be self-motivated, goal-oriented, and able to work in a context that is often individualized in nature. Due to the short duration of the curriculum path, students should have a well-formulated and faculty-approved educational agenda before entering the MSArch program.  Students with any undergraduate degree may apply for admission. This may require additional course work at the undergraduate level be completed together with the normal graduate course curriculum for the degree. 


General Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Foreign students may also need a TOEFL score of 550
  • A total GRE score of 300/990; and/or
  • Earned a GPA of 3.0 and higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Three references (SOA reference form)
  • Apply online at


For specific information on Graduate admissions, go to 


Note the GRE scoring requirements have changed

  • Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 130-170 score scale, in one-point increments
  • Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130-170 score scale, in one-point increments
  • Analytical Writing score reported on a 0-6 scale, in half-point increments.  Descriptions of the analytical writing abilities characteristic of particular score are available at
  • One total score is reported on a 200-990 score scale in to point increments



In the curriculum, inquiry, vision, and intervention as concepts become themselves the objects of inquiry through the exploration of their relationships with various value positions. Inquiry involves having an inquisitive mind, preparing for decisions with insightful questions and rigorous research, and being interested in identifying patterns and principles. Vision involves imagination and creativity and the design of environments that establish direction; energize resources and people; and that empower, enable and inspire individuals and organizations. Intervention involves understanding the effects and consequences of decisions, especially building design decisions that can affect and are affected by a wide range of contexts such as ecology, energy, sustainability, human behavior, health and safety, productivity, culture, aesthetics, theory, economics, sociology, and politics.


  • Course Offerings (Minimum of 30 Hours for Degree)

                                i.      Prerequisites

·         Intro to Probability and Statistics (3)

·         Real Estate Development (3)

                              ii.      Core Content (Existing Courses)                                                                                

·         ACG   X361   Cost Accounting (for facility Managers) (3)

·         ARC    5018    Facility Management (3)                                                        

·         ARC    5215    Systems Building        (3) (BCN 3701 Construction Management 1)

·         ARC    5361    Grad Design Studio (3)         

·         ARC    5931    Advanced Computer Technology (1) (ARC 2161CADD for ARCH)

·         ARC    6661    Adv Environmental Tech (3) (ARC 4610 Environmental Systems)   

·         ARC    6932    Masters Seminar (Capstone) (2)

·         BCN    3720    Construction Planning & Scheduling (2)

·         BUL    5321    Legal Issues & Environment (3)

·         EVR    5062    Principles of Environmental & Occupational Health (3)

·         FIN     5405    Corporate Finance (3)

·         MAN   4941    Management Internship I (1)

·         MAR   4841    Services Marketing (3)



Course Descriptions


ACG X361 Cost Accounting (3) Prerequisite: ACG 2071, ACG 3101.  This course gives an in-depth review of the cost procedures, tools, and reports used for decision-making and performance evaluation. ACG 3361L Cost Accounting Lab: To review and complete assignments and receive individual attention on select topics.


BCN 3720 Construction Planning and Scheduling (2) Various network methods of project scheduling such as Activity-on-Arrow (AOA) and Activity-on-Node (AON), Pert, bar-charting, line of balance, and other techniques are featured. Microcomputers are used for scheduling, resource allocation, and time/cost analysis. Quantity surveying and cost estimating for small scale construction projects are major topics. This course includes: 1). a review of basic math; 2). quantity recognition from working drawings; 3). discussions of various units of measure and productivity rates; and 4). current estimating software.


BUL 5323 Legal Issues and Environment (3)  Fundamental concepts of business law as they apply to varied and changing global business environments.


EVR 5062 Principles of Environmental and Occupational Health (3)  Discussion of the various ways in which environmental factors influence human health as well as an examination of technology and current research; includes physiological interaction; response to hazards.


FIN 5405 Corporation Finance (3).  Prerequisite:  ACG 3101 or ACG 3102. Course focuses on financial management cases and provides students with an active learning experience.  Case work is based on concepts learned in introductory corporate finance.  Topics discussed include measuring and interpreting cash flow performance, financial forecasting and turnaround management; capital investment and cost of capital; capital structure, dividend policy and firm valuation.


MAN 4941 Management Internship I (1)  Permission of the director of professional programs and certification by the residency/internship office. Full-time affiliation as an intern with a School of Business and Industry approved organization or institution. Residency assignments can either be in accounting, finance, management, or marketing.


MAR 4841 Services Marketing (3) This course is an introduction to the highly abstract services marketing arena through a review of terminology, systems, techniques, and processes that differentiate the marketing of services from marketing physical goods.


STA 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3) Major topics: probability theory; random variables; hypothesis testing; confidence intervals; small sample methods; correlation; simple linear regression, nonparametric statistics.


ARC 5018 Facility Management and Maintenance (3)  Role of the facility manger in acquiring new facilities and in managing and maintaining existing building stock is covered.  Focus of the course includes (1) architect selection strategies, (2) management of the building delivery process from a client perspective, (3) move-in logistics, (4) evaluation of space needs and effectiveness, (5) renovation, and (6) facility maintenance planning.


ARC 5931 Advanced Computer Technology (1)  Course introduces students to the use of digital media for architectural design through specific drawing and modeling applications. The computer as a concept, the computability of design, and computers as design/modeling tools are areas of emphasis. Generation, manipulation, and reproduction of two-dimensional and three-dimensional architectural models using digital media are stressed. CADD and Revit platforms are utilized.


ARC 5215 System Buildings (3)  Study of the processes, techniques and tools associated with construction management. Topics include the roles of the project manager and other key personnel; the elements and main objectives of construction management; the construction industry; construction practices; project cost management; project planning and scheduling; resource management; and project financial management. Primavera and Prolog Manager Software Programs are introduced in this course.   Course content is BCN 3701 Construction Management 1.


ARC 5361 Architectural Design 1 (3)  This course is a study of the various phases of building delivery and design process, and of different approaches to ordering in a systematic fashion.  Students will use one such systematic approach in the investigation and development of design solutions for a project of moderate scale and complexity.  Application of orderly design processes to building projects of moderate complexity and scale.


ARC 6661 Advanced Environmental Technology (3). This course considers thermal, electrical, mechanical and conveyance systems and their integration into the architectural design process.  This course familiarizes students with the integrated building technology systems (thermal, electrical conveyance and mechanical systems) within the architectural design process.  Students will gain an understanding of these behaviors and systems (sanitary water supply, sewage disposal conveyance heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and passive and active sustainable systems) and practices for creating and controlling interior environments, building envelopes & conditions.  Course content is ARC 4610 Environmental Systems in Architecture.


ARC 6932 Masters Seminar (2)  This is the capstone for the Facility Management Program and requires a demonstration of competency in critical thinking skills, technical expertise, and research in the four major core units of (a) planning and organizing facility function, (b) managing personnel assigned to the facility function, (c) administering the facility function, and (d) managing the delivery of facility services.




Contact Info

1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Walter L. Smith Architecture Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-4200

P: (850) 599-3244
F: (850) 599-3436