Facilities Planning, M.S.

TYLER SCHOOL OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE

About the Program

The Master of Science in Facilities Planning is designed for those with an academic background in facilities management at the undergraduate level or those with experience through practice who want to pursue an advanced degree that focuses on further specialization in their profession. The M.S. in Facilities Planning utilizes a workshop- and seminar-based curriculum. Group work that is part of the degree program takes place in the Facilities Management Lab in Tyler’s Architecture Building, a shared group work environment for all facilities management students.

Students undertaking this degree program:

  • add to their general knowledge base and/or develop a specialized knowledge base within the facilities management profession;
  • develop a knowledge, appreciation, and working relationship with other professionals to understand the management of facilities from the user’s needs;
  • increase their collaborative practice skills to be better prepared for the complex working environment in the facilities management industry; and
  • learn to better articulate facility management needs.

Tyler School of Art and Architecture is committed to an interdisciplinary approach toward improving planning, design, construction, operation, and management of appropriate facilities as a way forward in education and research. As much as possible in the classroom, students work in interdisciplinary teams to address problems of facilities, replicating, to some extent, the work environment in which they will engage. A concentration in Health Facilities, which is a collaborative effort between Tyler and the College of Public Health, is available to students who want to pursue health facilities management.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Areas of Specialization: Students may choose a concentration in Health Facilities, which is a collaborative effort between Tyler and the College of Public Health.

Job Prospects: The post-professional Master of Science in Facilities Planning offers working facilities management professionals and those seeking advancement in the field the opportunity to build on their professional skills and toolsets to elevate their competency.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students must contact the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design for information. A maximum of 9 graduate credits can be taken at Temple University prior to applying to the program.

Financing Opportunities: The Department of Architecture and Environmental Design has a limited number of scholarships for graduate students. Students should also check the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and Student Financial Services websites for financial aid opportunities. Students should complete a FAFSA application to determine eligibility for student financial aid, work study employment within the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, or other eligible on-campus jobs.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 6
Spring: November 1

Applications are reviewed as they are received after the deadline. Applicants must meet the January 6 priority deadline to be considered for financial assistance. After January 6, applications may be considered on a rolling basis.

Students are normally admitted in the Fall term. In the instance when students are admitted in the Spring, they may have limited course offerings in the first term because course sequencing begins in the Fall. See the Tyler School of Art and Architecture website for the most up-to-date application information.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members and/or professionals in the field who are familiar with the applicant's academic and professional competence. The letters should be submitted with the application at https://apply.temple.edu/Tyler/, along with the statement of goals and resume.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required. Applicants are expected to hold a degree in built environment professions, healthcare management, or related fields. Candidates who studied in other disciplines as an undergraduate but who have gained knowledge of facilities or healthcare management as working professionals are also considered for admission. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, whether or not a degree was awarded, must be sent to Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Graduate Admissions Office, 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016.

Statement of Goals: Approximately 500 to 1,000 words include your interest in Temple's program, your educational and research goals, your future career goals, and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Due to testing limitations related to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Tyler School of Art and Architecture is temporarily waiving submission of GRE scores for applicants to the M.S. in Facilities Planning degree program for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admissions. Applicants may still voluntarily submit GRE test scores, but scores will only be used as a supplement to required application materials. All other admission requirements, including submission of scores for a standardized test of English, if applicable, still need to be met. In some circumstances, the Graduate Admissions Committee may request additional supplemental application materials or an interview as part of the admissions process.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Resume: Current resume required.

Portfolio: All applicants must submit work samples of their most important and representative academic and/or professional work. Work samples can include analytical assessments, research reports, and/or other planning, design, creative, and written work. Work samples from applicants who have been in a professional setting for a period of six years or more can include student work, but the applicant should instead emphasize work done in a professional setting and clearly articulate the applicant's role in the project. Papers, research, or other materials (preferably dealing with the built environment) are invited as evidence of scholarly, academic, or creative work. As much as possible, work samples should best represent the applicant's knowledge, aptitudes, interests, creative ability, and experience relative to the program. As a guideline, the applicant should include approximately 20 images or other items.

Work samples are to be uploaded at https://temple.slideroom.com, as instructed on the website. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service. Original work, slides, CD-ROMs, catalogs, photographs, books, and/or binders are not acceptable substitutes for the SlideRoom portfolio and will not be reviewed or returned.

Transfer Credit: The Architecture Admissions Committee recommends the awarding of graduate transfer credits on a case-by-case basis as applications are reviewed. The maximum number of graduate transfer credits a student may receive is 9.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 30, whether or not the concentration is pursued

Required Courses:

M.S. with No Concentration

Facilities Workshop Course3
Select one of the following:
Facilities for Health Workshop 1
Facilities for the Arts Workshop 1
Facilities Workshop 1
Advanced Facilities Workshop Course3
Select one of the following:
Facilities for Health Workshop 2
Facilities for the Arts Workshop 2
Facilities Workshop 2
Practice and Management Course3
Select one of the following:
Health Facilities Practice and Management
Spec Top Sem in Practice
Professional Practice
Planning and Programming Course3
Select one of the following:
Project Planning and Programming
Form and Function in Health and Environments
Current Topics Courses 13
Select three of the following:
Current Topics in Health Facilities Planning and Design
Current Topics in Healthy Communities and Design
Current Topics in Resilience and Design
Current Topics in Energy and Performance
Current Topics in Fabrication and Making
Current Topics in Visualization
Current Topics in Materials and Design
Architecture Electives 26
Additional Electives 29
Total Credit Hours30

OR M.S. with Optional Concentration in Health Facilities

Core Courses
ARCH 5013Facilities for Health Workshop 13
ARCH 5014Facilities for Health Workshop 23
ARCH 5096Health Facilities Practice and Management3
ARCH 5131Form and Function in Health and Environments3
HIM 5112Health Information Systems: Design and Decision Making3
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
Architecture Current Topics Courses 13
Select three of the following:
Current Topics in Health Facilities Planning and Design
Current Topics in Healthy Communities and Design
Current Topics in Resilience and Design
Current Topics in Energy and Performance
Current Topics in Fabrication and Making
Current Topics in Visualization
Current Topics in Materials and Design
College of Public Health Courses
Select three of the following: 29
Fundamentals of Health Informatics
Technology for Healthcare Financial Management
Health Data: Standards and Interoperability
Leadership and Management in Non-Profit Organizations
Healthcare Quality and Safety
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Event: Successful completion of coursework earns the student the M.S. degree in Facilities Planning.

Contacts

Program Web Address:

https://tyler.temple.edu/programs/architecture

Department Information:

Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016

tyleradmissions@temple.edu

215-777-9090

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts:

Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016

Submission Address for Portfolio:

https://temple.slideroom.com/

Submission Address for All Other Application Materials:

https://apply.temple.edu/Tyler/

Department Contacts:

Architecture Graduate Curricular Head:

Pablo Meninato

205 Architecture Building

pablo.meninato@temple.edu

610-659-9428

Department Chairperson:

Sasha W. Eisenman

201 Dixon Hall

eisenman@temple.edu

267-468-8168