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: This highly competitive specialty involves the integration of many real estate, financial, environmental, and allied professions and disciplines. Our program’s focus on both real estate management and real estate transactions offers particular advantages for those seeking careers in real estate development, which require both skill sets.
  • Global Real Estate: The rapid globalization of the real estate industry has brought about changing patterns of inbound and outbound investment as well as significant industry advancements around the world. Capitalizing on the Washington, D.C., area’s position as the world’s leading locus of international real estate investment, this concentration places special emphasis on the globalization of real estate and offers unparalleled courses examining real estate practices in major regions of the world.
  • Real Estate Finance: Real estate finance offers a wide variety of career opportunities, particularly as the economy improves. This concentration covers the full spectrum of real estate financial topics, including real estate economics, both private and public sector real estate finance, capital markets, valuation, taxation, real estate economics, corporate real estate, entrepreneurship, distressed real estate, and bankruptcy.
  • Construction Management: This concentration integrates construction education with general real estate education to ensure that you have a well-rounded and deep understanding across all areas of real estate, as well as how each of these areas fits into the bigger picture of the real estate industry. In an era where environmental and energy concerns are more prevalent and require greater cooperation between real estate and construction professionals to address those concerns, this in-depth understanding is more critical than ever.

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.