The Master of Science-Business: Real Estate and Urban Land Economics: Real Estate offers a one-year, intensive curriculum completed over two semesters. With an emphasis on commercial real estate skills and conceptual knowledge, you will gain the quantitative and analytical skills to make informed real estate decisions and apply coursework to real-world experiences.

You’ll study real estate markets across the U.S. and around the world through a blend of coursework, case studies and practical, hands-on applied learning opportunities. This degree offers the full breadth and scope of the real estate process, ranging from real estate finance to urban economics and market analysis. Three tracks allow you to focus if you have a specific real estate interest areas.

Leading-Edge Curriculum, Experiential Format

The focused curriculum emphasizes commercial real estate skills and conceptual knowledge, providing leading-edge applied and technical skills to succeed in real estate. You will hone skills in negotiation and communication to work confidently with stakeholders. Upon graduation you will join some of the largest and most sophisticated real estate organizations in the United States and internationally.

Experiential learning includes evaluating development projects, underwriting current real estate loan proposals, and analyzing live property and equity offering memorandums. Learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom explore the profession and career paths through site visits, guest speakers, case competitions, national and global trip opportunities, and other professional development activities.

Sample Curriculum for Core MS Track is below. Note that the curriculum for the Private Equity and Applied Real Estate Investment Paths is different.  Contact Greg Reed for curriculum details.

Required Courses:

  • Real Estate Excel Modeling
  • Real Estate ARGUS Modeling
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Capital Markets
  • Techniques of Real Estate Valuation
  • Urban Economics
  • Commercial Property Development


Students must take 13 credits in electives and can choose from the following:

  • Residential Property Development
  • Green-Sustainable Development
  • Real Estate Investment Analysis and Presentation
  • Real Estate Equity Investment
  • Lawyering the Development Deal: A Practical Guide to Real Estate Law
  • Commercial Real Estate Finance
  • Reading and Research – Urban Land Economics
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Construction Project Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Managerial Communication
  • Data to Decisions
  • Ethics, Integrity and Society
  • Bargaining, Negotiating and Dispute Settlement for Managers
  • Project Management
  • Property Risk Management
  • Risk Analysis and Behavioral Science
  • Site Planning
  • Land Use Policy and Planning

Gain Focused Real Estate Expertise

Choose from one of three concentrated program tracks to gain depth for the exact real estate career you want to pursue.

Commercial Real Estate Development Track

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to successfully manage the development process, from project planning and management to investment and financing decisions to property valuation, property management, and real estate asset management. Some of the core courses include Commercial Real Estate Development, Real Estate Valuation and Feasibility Analysis, Real Estate Capital Markets and Real Estate Finance along with an extensive roster of multidisciplinary electives.

Applied Real Estate Investment Track (AREIT)

The first program of its kind in the country, the Applied Real Estate Investment Track (AREIT) gives a team of real estate students the opportunity to manage a live $1.7 million portfolio of real estate investment trusts (REITs). You will develop fundamental research and portfolio management skills by blending a thorough theoretical foundation with the firsthand experience and challenge of managing real money and working successfully as a team. An advisory board of REIT industry professionals serves as the “client” and provides advice and guidance on investment decisions and presentations.


Private Equity Track

The Private Equity Track is a unique student/alumni investment board private equity fund, the mission of which is to invest outside capital in an educational setting to deliver real returns for investors. The student team will make investment recommendations in a variety of private investment funds so students can learn to structure investments across a range of property types, regions, and investment vehicles.


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