Curriculum

To earn an MPS in Real Estate, you must successfully complete 11 courses (33 credits total), including:

  • 2 core courses (6 credits total):
    • Ethics in Action
    • Real Estate Capstone
  • 5 foundation courses (15 credits total):
    • Real Estate Fundamentals
      • Students who successfully test out will replace this course with a fifth elective
    • Foundations of Real Estate Law
    • Foundations of Real Estate Finance
    • Foundations of Real Estate Markets
    • Foundations of Real Estate Accounting
  • 4 elective courses (12 credits total):

All core and/or foundation courses—aside from Capstone, which you will take during your final semester of the program—must be completed before you can take elective courses.

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule—you can take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.

  • Full-time students typically take three courses during the fall and spring semesters, and two courses during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take one to two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Concentrations

The Real Estate program offers four concentrations that enable you to tailor your studies and sharpen your expertise in a particular area of study:

  • Real Estate Development: A developer needs to orchestrate the work of multiple contractors and consultants and to negotiate with lenders, investors, property owners, neighbors, and government officials. Courses in this concentration cover both the real estate development process as well as the nuances of particular fields such as office, mixed-use, multifamily, and affordable housing.
  • Global Real Estate: The rapid globalization of the real estate industry has accelerated the flow of capital and the exchange of ideas and best practices in major markets around the world. This concentration focuses on both inbound and outbound investment and includes courses with opportunities for students to travel and network with companies overseas.
  • Real Estate Finance: Many students aim to sharpen their skills in financial analysis as a primary goal for enrolling in the master’s in Real Estate program. This concentration covers the full spectrum of real estate financial topics, including real estate investment, structured finance, capital markets, portfolio management, taxation, corporate real estate, and entrepreneurship.
  • Construction Management: Real estate professionals need to understand basic principles of design and construction, including the construction process and how to use different contracting methods to allocate risk and rewards among the various players in that process. This concentration offers courses in development, construction project management, and sustainability, the latter of which has become a critical design component for tenants and investors alike.

Program Formats

The Real Estate program is available in both an online format and an on-campus format. You can opt to take classes online, on campus, or through a combination of both.

  • On-Campus Format: In the on-campus format of the master's in Real Estate, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s in Real Estate has the same curriculum as the on-campus format and offers access to all of the same University resources. In this format, you’ll be able to watch lectures and complete assignments on your own schedule.