Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

School of Engineering and Technology gets accreditation for online facilities-management program

November 11, 2015

The School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has received accreditation for its online Master of Science in Technology degree with a concentration in facilities management from the Facility Management Accreditation Commission of the International Facility Management Association.

Facilities management is defined by IFMA as “a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.”

Strong facility-management educational programs for working professionals are in demand locally, nationally and internationally. In the past few years, the school has received significant input from industry partners about such an online degree program as millions of new square footage in office, retail and industrial properties has been developed in the greater Indianapolis area.

“Studies show that more than 50 percent of today’s facility-management professionals are predicted to retire in the next 10 years, creating a void where there is already a high demand,” said Matt Ray, director of the Facilities Management Technology program. “This creates a tremendous opportunity for individuals willing to pursue the appropriate educational qualifications.”

The Purdue graduate degree program allows an individual to complete all coursework in two calendar years. It is open to anyone with a four-year degree from an accredited institution.

“Our program delivers a well-defined, deliberate curriculum specific to facilities management and, based on IFMA’s body of knowledge, prepares graduates to take advantage of career opportunities here in Central Indiana and beyond,” Ray said.

The program allows students to meet all of the course requirements online. Students use the university’s online learning management system to access lectures, submit coursework, and interact with faculty and classmates. It’s estimated that more than 2.5 million college students in the U.S. currently are taking courses online, mirroring a broader professional trend of 10 to 25 million Americans telecommuting (working remotely online) every day.

Additional information regarding the Facilities Management Technology program and the online master’s degree can be found at


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