Facilities Management Program at Pratt Institute
Located in New York City, New York, Pratt Institute offers a facilities management program
"that teaches innovative approaches to emerging technologies, sustainable practices, and ethical values." The program draws upon New York City's diversity, business environment, history, culture, and abundant resources.
This environment along with talented teachers and comprehensive courses in multiple fields -- including management, planning, design, construction, and operations -- help students gain the skills needed to successfully manage facilities.
Master of Science in Facilities Management
A program of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, the Master of Science in Facilities Management degree program has accreditation from the International Facilities Management Association Foundation. Students graduate from the program prepared to assume executive roles in facilities management or build careers in real estate development.
Facilities Management Faculty
The program consists of talented, practicing professionals in the facilities management field and various areas of specialization. Because they are actively engaged in their areas of expertise, faculty
members possess current and practical information about their fields.
Forward-thinking and supportive, they help students acquire the business skills and technical expertise needed to fulfill the responsibilities of facilities management such as strategic planning, financial forecasting and budgeting, and construction management.
One of the program's distinguished faculty members, Stephen LoGrasso, has over 25 years of experience in facility and construction management. He has provided services for various clients including Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup, McGraw-Hill and Hertz. His colleague, William Henry, is widely respected for his in-depth knowledge of the infrastructure technologies that are used in constructing smart buildings.
M.S. in Facilities Management Curriculum
Students must earn 50 credits to receive an M.S. in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute. Forty-five of these credits are for course work and 5 of them pertain to the Demonstration of Professional Competence. The M.S. in Facilities Management is accredited by the International Facility management Associate (IFMA).
The core of the program consists of 33 credits of lecture and seminar courses.
Courses include principles of facilities management, real estate development, managerial accounting and finance, facility programming and design, and economic evaluation of facilities.
The remaining 12 credits of courses are electives in sustainability, preservation, and planning and development. Courses can be taken at the graduate level in the Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development as well as in the architecture, construction management, and interior design programs.
Demonstration of Professional Competence
The Demonstration of Professional Competence is a 5-credit capstone course in which students must demonstrate the analytical and creative capabilities expected of professionals in the facilities management field.
Students may carry out original research, complete work-related projects, or extend course-related work.
Convenience and Flexibility
The M.S. in Facilities Management courses are offered in the evening at Pratt Institute's Manhattan campus. This gives students the flexibility needed to effectively manage their work, study, and research responsibilities.
Graduate Program Costs and Financial Assistance
Costs for attending graduate school at Pratt Institute include fees, tuition, a technology fee, room and board, books and supplies, local transportation (for commuting students), personal needs, and health and counseling fees.
Because Pratt is committed to providing ample financial assistance to make its costs more affordable, it offers graduate students various kinds of need-based and merit-based assistance.
Students may be eligible for scholarships, loans, assistantships, and student employment as well as tuition management programs (that spread payments over the year).
Admissions to the M.S. Program in Facilities Management
The admissions process
at Pratt Institute involves meeting two sets of requirements: general and program specific. General admission criteria include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, college transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and program requirements.
Program specific requirements include a bachelor's degree in the business, architecture, interior design, construction management, or engineering fields. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other fields may be accepted into the program; however, they may be required to take noncredit technical courses before they can register for program courses.
In addition, applicants must submit statements of purpose that indicate an appreciation of the issues within the facilities management field and discuss their interests in pursuing the degree.
Applicants are encouraged to arrange interviews with representatives of the facilities management program to discuss their interest in and qualifications for the program.