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If you’ve spent much time researching Masters in Real Estate programs online, you’ve likely noticed there is very little information out there. Unlike with the MBA, where school profiles, rankings, admissions advice, and reviews abound, trying to ascertain which graduate real estate program is right for you is a difficult task. And so, in response to this dearth of information online and as a service to those of you who have reached out to me with your questions on which Masters in Real Estate program to attend, we’re announcing the development of an in-depth series on graduate real estate programs.

What It is Not

This series is not an editorial on which school is the best. No ranking is applied, and no reviews are offered. Nor is this a critique of each program. This series strives to be a fact-based,  comprehensive look at what differentiates each program from the rest.

This series does not assess MBA programs with real estate concentrations. While the MBA plus RE concentration is one post-grad education option for real estate professionals, this series specifically focuses on masters in real estate programs.

Why These Schools?

If your school is not on the list, please don’t take it personally or assume we think your school is inferior to those on this list. This series is the beginning of a greater effort to profile graduate real estate options. We hope to eventually profile the majority of graduate real estate programs, both in the United States and outside the United States, but we have to start somewhere and these schools were the most obvious choices.

Each school on this list has strong real estate alumni bases, at least 20 years of history teaching graduate real estate, and top rankings in other disciplines. If you ask most real estate professionals to list off graduate real estate options, these six will likely come to mind. And so these six schools made the most sense to profile first.

What to Expect from the Series

This series examines six areas of interest for each real estate program:

Description – Program name, degree(s) offered, location, year established, website address, and other basic descriptive information

Curriculum – Full-time versus part-time; one-year versus two-year; real estate disciplines taught; credits required for graduation; travel requirements; thesis or other capstone project

Culture – Immersive vs non-immersive; extracurricular activities; clubs; case studies; projects; class size and demographic make-up

Admissions – GMAT, GPA, work experience requirements and other admissions criteria; admissions process; acceptance rate; admissions schedule/deadliness

Careers – Career service offerings; placement statistics; salary figures; typical companies hiring from program; analysis of LinkedIn data of alumni

Q&A with Alumni – Answers from a multi-question Q&A/survey with one or more alumni from each school

Why Spend Our Time on This?

From its inception, AdventuresinCRE has endeavored to be more than just a real estate financial modeling blog. The blog is built around four topic areas: real estate modeling, careers, education, and events.

Our real estate financial modeling section is, to date, the most developed of our topic areas. In addition to our library of real estate financial models, our financial modeling section includes Excel tips and tricks, how-to videos, written tutorials, and other posts on modeling real estate in Excel and ARGUS. However, we are equally passionate about other areas of real estate – specially real estate careers, education, and events.

Our real estate careers section includes a comprehensive series on sectors, fields, functions, and compensation in real estate as well as posts on the basic skill sets needed for institutional real estate and on preparing for the technical real estate interview. It’s also the place where we bring up deals in the news that we find interesting, such as the Blackstone Stuy Town acquisition.

Our education section includes discussions on topics in real estate we’re interested in researching and sharing. This has led to the introduction of various education series’ such as one on leases and another on taxes. The education section also includes posts on the MBA vs. Masters in Real Estate question, and stochastic analysis in real estate. It is within this section that the Graduate Real Estate Program Profiles Series will be housed.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesistate to reach out.

Read the Profiles

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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated Oct 2020)

Since starting A.CRE, Michael and I have fielded email after email requesting a more structured real estate financial modeling training program on the site. Over the years, we've covered hundreds of real estate modeling topics in our blog,…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Harvard University’s Master’s in Real Estate Program

Harvard's Masters in Real Estate is unique in that a degree in Real Estate and the Built Environment is located under the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Many of its applicants hold professional degrees in architecture, urban planning, urban…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Cornell University’s Baker Program in Real Estate

The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate is an immersive, two-year Ivy league graduate real estate education with the rigor, structure, and academic profile of an MBA while focused entirely on Real Estate. Located at Cornell University's…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: MIT MSRED

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program is an eleven (or 16) month graduate program in real estate offered through MIT's Center for Real Estate. Espousing MIT's motto: Mens et…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Columbia University MS.RED (Updated 2.2.2019)

The Columbia University Master of Science of Real Estate Development (MS.RED) program is an intensive, three term (one year) graduate program in real estate offered through Columbia University's highly ranked Graduate School of Architecture,…
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MBA or MRE? Why I Chose to Get Both and Some Considerations for What Might Be Right For You

Ever since Spencer wrote his post about why he chose to do an MRE as opposed to an MBA or a dual Master’s degree, I have been asked a lot by our readers about why I chose to go for both an MBA and MRE. Below I will discuss my rationale and…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: USC’s Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development

The Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development program at The University of Southern California is an intense, one-year graduate real estate program that exposes students to many broad areas of commercial real estate. The USC Dollinger…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Johns Hopkin’s MS in Real Estate and Infrastructure

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School MS in Real Estate and Infrastructure program has been a leader in real estate education for over 27 years. Distinguished by it's location in the Carey Business School, the MS in Real Estate and Infrastructure…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s MSRE and MSRED Programs

The Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University offers a flexible, 42-credit graduate real estate education in various real estate disciplines including finance and development. Located in the epicenter of global real estate, New…