About Ferris State University The pioneering Bachelor of Science in Facility Management degree at Ferris State University has a proud record of providing a professional cutting edge facility management education since its first students graduated in 1992. The program is recognized among professionals, corporations and associations as producing qualified, employable graduates with valued technical and management skills. Our graduates currently enjoy successful careers in facility management, architecture and in other professions of the built environment.
The two-year undergraduate facility management curriculum comprises the third and fourth years of study that builds on two years of study in architectural technology. Customized curriculums are developed for students transferring from other fields of study or other academic institutions.
The faculty hold relevant degrees and credentials such as CFM (Certified Facility Manager), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and architectural licensure. The facility management program also maintains relationships with facility management professionals locally and nationally. The facility management Advisory Board gathers annually from across the country to interact with students and faculty to advise on curriculum matters and professional trends. Guest speakers, field trips, membership in Ferris’ Student Chapter of IFMA offer opportunities to learn outside the classroom and establish professional facility management contacts.
Ferris State is proud of the placement and advancement rates for graduates. The placement rate within 6 months of graduation exceeds 90%. Numerous organizations recruit Ferris graduates through visits to campus or connect with students through facility management faculty.
Ferris State University offers three educational programs dealing with Facility Management designed to meet the needs of various individuals who plan to or currently deal with facilities. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the IFMA Foundation. The Minor and Certificate utilize courses from the baccalaureate curriculum, but due to their less comprehensive curriculum are not accredited by the IFMA Foundation.
Bachelor of Science in Facility Management (on Big Rapids campus)
Minor in Facility Management (on Big Rapids campus – for non-FM majors)
Certificate in Facility Management (on Big Rapids campus)
We invite you to join us and be part of this growing and dynamic profession of challenge and opportunity.
About Ferris State University Ferris State University has more than 14,000 students enrolled in classes on its main campus in Big Rapids, Michigan; an hour north of Grand Rapids. The region is noted for its cultural and natural attractions and is home to numerous corporations instrumental in developing the modern workplace such as Steelcase, Herman Miller, and Haworth. Ferris’ spacious campus offers a variety of on-campus living options as well as numerous options for recreation, community involvement, cultural involvement, and educational enrichment.
Ferris State is also committed to providing direct contact between faculty and students. All courses are taught by faculty members, trained and experienced in the disciplines they teach. Most facility management classes consist of 15-20 students, allowing for interaction and hands on learning.
Architecture and Facility Management Department; School of Built Environment
Architecture and Facility Management 915 Campus Drive, SWN 314 Big Rapids, MI 49307
The accredited Bachelor of Science in Facility Management is offered on the Big Rapids Campus.
(10 weeks/400 hours) Students are required to complete an internship of 400+ hours to earn the baccalaureate degree. Typically, students complete the internship during the summer between their third and fourth year. The faculty provides mentoring in the development of resumes, cover letters, interview search techniques, and interview etiquette. While many students obtain internships through their own efforts and networks, students can select from opportunities offered by department contacts. All internships must be approved by faculty. Students have interned at various sites throughout the US and Canada (Canadian Students) and at a variety of facility types including healthcare, education, hospitality, manufacturing, municipal and government. The internship is not job shadowing, but rather being involved in the day to day operations of the facility, special research, and project management. The internship seeks to expose the student to experiences featuring the IFMA Core Competencies and prepare the student to the real world setting.