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Graduate Coursework Information


The FM program is designed to meet the educational standards established by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation, and the competencies established by the Federal Building Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) of 2010.

Foundational Requirements

The curriculum assumes some basic knowledge of design process, business, the human condition, and the environment. Applicants will be advised regarding foundational courses they can take, if needed, to achieve basic competency in these areas. Note that such courses will likely increase the time it will take to graduate.

Foundational courses include at least one in each in the following areas:

  • Creative Problem-Solving: Right/Left-Brained Thinking
  • Business: Economics, Finance, or Accounting
  • Social Science: Sociology or Psychology
  • Environmental Sustainability



MSFM Curriculum


Course Descriptions 

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Credit Transfer

A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate work earned at another institution or while a non-degree student at CUA may be accepted toward completion of the MSFM program

Joint Degrees

The MSFM can be completed simultaneously with other degrees offereed at teh school of Architecture and Planning. Available joint degree programs include:

  • MSFM/M.Arch: For those interested in developing competency in building design and management. The Master of Architecture degree is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board.
  • MSFM/MSSD (Master of Science in Sustainable Design): For those interested in developing competency in the design and management of sustainable facilities.
  • MSFM/MCRP: Particularly suited for those interested in planning and managing large corporate, university, or manufacturing campuses or military bases. The Master of City and Regional Planning degree is currently pursuing initial accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Students in any of these program can concurrently complete up to 12 credits of coursework that satisfy both degree programs, reducing the total number of credits needed to complete the two degrees. More information is posted under "Curriculum."

Non-Degree Candidates

Students may take FM courses at CUA as non-degree students before applying to the MSFM program. While in that status, they are not eligible for scholarships or graduate assistantships.  Up to 9 credits taken as a non-degree  student can be transfered to the degree program.

International Students

The University's International Student and Scholar Services, ISSS, facilitates placement with international students. For more, click here.