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Facility Management Certificate

Facility Management, photo of University facility

​​​​​​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.


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.

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.

  • 7.9%Projected 10-year job growth in the metro area*
  • 67.2KMedian salary for those with a bachelor's degree*

The top industries facility managers work in include*:

  • real estate
  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • education
  • arts and entertainment

* Source: Burning Glass Technologies


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.


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.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

Phone Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.