​​​​​​What Is Facility Management?

The field of facility management combines design and building operations with construction management and business skills. In this program, you'll gain essential skills in:

  • estimating documents
  • scheduling contracts
  • planning project execution
  • measuring results and ensuring quality
  • managing projects
  • facility operations and maintenance
  • facility cost accounting and finance

What Does a Facility Manager Do?

Watch this short video from faculty director Peter Hilger to find out.

Read the video transcript.

Career Outlook

As the field of facility management itself become more defined, companies will be looking for employees who have formal training with core competencies. Buildings will need to be greener, smarter, and prepared for natural disasters or other emergencies.

  • $71KMedian salary for those with a bachelor's degree

Some positions of our graduates could include:

  • Facility Operations Manager
  • Facility Operations Supervisor
  • Facilities Coordinator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Property Manager

The top industries facility managers work in include:

  • Real estate
  • Manufacturing
  • Health care
  • Education
  • Arts and entertainment

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: LaborInsights™, accessed 09/28/21.

Facility Management Certificate Courses

Required Courses (19 credits)
Course Name Course Number Credits
Facility Programming and Design CMGT 3024W 2
Construction Planning and Scheduling CMGT 4021 3
Construction Estimating CMGT 4022 3
Building Codes for Construction Managers CMGT 4073 1
Facility Asset Management, Finance, and Budgeting ABUS 4211 2
Facility Management Fundamentals ABUS 4213 3
Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning CMGT 4215 2
Construction Management Capstone CMGT 4861 3


CMGT 4542 Building Energy Systems (3 credits) or CMGT 4562 Building Envelope Design and Construction (2 credits) are necessary in order to be successful in several courses and will not count toward the required 19 credits.

Other recommended courses include CMGT 4011 Construction Documents and Contracts; CMGT 3011 Construction Plan Reading; and CMGT 4031 Construction Safety and Loss Control.

Don't need a whole certificate? You can enroll for a single course as a nondegree student. Check out some of our popular facility and construction management courses.

Transferring Credits

With approval of the program, up to 7 credits of transfer coursework may be used to satisfy requirements for this certificate.

In addition, the Facility Management certificate can apply toward the  Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management degree program. 

If you have any questions about how your credits may transfer in or out of this program, please consult with an advisor.


Admission Deadlines

Fall semester | August 1

The FM Certificate is a cohort and only admits for the fall term of even years.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with 45 or more transferable credits and a minimum 2.5 GPA are admitted.
  • All other applicants are admitted pending successful completion of the following course with a grade of "C" or better: 
    • CMgt 3024W Facility Programming and Design (or equivalent course as approved by department)

Admission Benefits

You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission, however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.

As an admitted certificate student, you will:

  • be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change);
  • receive updates about the program;
  • have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted;
  • not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee.

Current U of M Students

Are you a current U of M student interested in adding facility management to your studies? We also offer a Facility Management minor.

Certificate Completion

To be awarded the certificate, you should complete all required coursework within four years of admission, with a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

If you are completing an undergraduate degree as well as a certificate, there's no need to apply for graduation for your certificate. The credentials will be awarded simultaneously.

If you are completing a certificate only, you can apply for graduation online. After you've registered for your final course in the certificate, log in to myu.umn.edu and click on Student Center under key links, then My Academics and Apply for Graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

This credential is designed to give you the core foundational knowledge to make a career change into facility management or related disciplines. It is an option for students with work experience in the field but with no previous degree who need a credential to advance in their careers. It can also be used to augment an existing degree.

The Certificate is a 19-credit University credential that can be done in two semesters part-time at the fastest pace, or in a longer timeline convenient to your schedule and course availability.

The BASc. degree is a 120-credit undergraduate degree that includes liberal education requirements, preparatory courses, and major coursework and takes four years full time to complete.

No, Certificate students are not eligible for student visas. International students may take the courses online from their home country without a visa.

Yes, all 19 credits will fulfill BASc. degree requirements, should you choose to apply to that program.

Four of the courses are offered in either format in different semesters, so with proper planning, you can take them in your choice of format. CMGT 4031 is not offered online, and CMGT 4073 is offered online only. CMGT 4861 Capstone can be taken from a distance and you can join the in-person class through technology.

Certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, halfway through the Certificate program, students may be eligible for CCAPS scholarships (although priority is given to bachelor’s degree students) if funds are available. Also, be sure to check with your employer for tuition assistance and apply for relevant industry scholarships.

In addition to the required Certificate courses, knowledge of construction plan reading is essential. Plan reading background is a prerequisite for two of the courses, CMGT 4021 and 4022. If you do not have plan reading experience or coursework, please take a plan reading course such as CMGT 3011 – Building Construction Plan Reading (2 cr), or an equivalent course at a community college. An internship is also highly recommended (CMGT 4196 – Internship, 1 cr) to help you gain experience in the field while taking classes. As an alternative to the internship, you could pursue a special project with your employer via CMGT 4193 – Directed Study (1–3 cr).

Not every Certificate student has the same work and educational experience, so we endeavor to tailor the requirements to your skills and career objectives. We can waive courses based on previous related upper division coursework, subject to departmental approval. We can also substitute other upper division CMGT courses, including environmental health and safety and facility management courses, to meet your goals. Please talk with us to find out more about a custom course plan.

Yes, all courses will appear on a student’s U of M undergraduate academic transcript.

Certificate students are not eligible for career services because they do not pay the student service fees. However, they are invited to attend our annual career fair, use our resume book, and participate in industry events hosted by the department.

$520.50 in-state tuition per credit as of the 2021–22 academic year.

International students who have never applied to the U of M and are taking online courses from their home country will be assessed at in-state tuition of $520.50 per credit. If international residency has been previously assessed, international tuition rates will be billed.

You will need to inquire and self-report to your licensing agency. Generally speaking, university-level courses will qualify for professional development credits with most licensing agencies.

This is an academic certificate, not a technical certification. We are not a provider for any specific organizations. However, you may earn the OSHA 3 card through taking CMGT 4031 – Construction Safety and Loss Control (though the card is not required for the Construction Management Certificate).

Yes, certificates are available in Environmental Health and Safety and Facility Management.

We admit to the EHS cohort in the fall of odd years and to the FM cohort in the fall of even years. You may be able to begin studying for these certificates sooner, depending on the courses taken. Please speak with an advisor.


To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.

  • If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Instructions can be found on One Stop.
  • If you would like to take one of our courses but are a nondegree/guest student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.

Admissions Advising

Willie Wong

Willie Wong

I'm here to answer your questions about admission requirements and the application process, and to help you choose the right courses. Let's talk!

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