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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.

Some History About This Series

This series was initially released in 2016 in response to the dearth of information online related to Masters in Real Estate programs. Since that time, the series has grown to include numerous universities. Here are the list of initial schools included in this series:

  • – Columbia
  • – Cornell
  • – MIT
  • – NYU
  • – Johns Hopkins
  • – USC

The series has since expanded to incorporate a long list of universities with quality Masters in 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 (yet) 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 a continued 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, and we’ve made strong progress thus far.

If your school has not been profiled, and you think it should, please reach out.

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 – especially 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.

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 hesitate to reach out.

Read the Profiles

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Real Estate Financial Modeling Accelerator (Updated November 2023)

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Graduate Real Estate Series: NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s MSRE and MSRED Programs (Updated Oct 2023)

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…
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MBA or MRE? Why I Chose to Get Both and Some Considerations for What Might Be Right For You (Updated 2023)

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: Pepperdine University MSRE

Fall 2022Growing up, my family and I would pass Pepperdine University Malibu campus on coastal drives to the beach. When evaluating other schools, Pepperdine prevailed, offering unique experiences and resources that I wanted to get out of a…
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A.CRE on the Road – University Speaking Schedule (Updated Mar 2023)

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Graduate Real Estate Series: University of Denver’s Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment

My path to pursuing a graduate degree at the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver (DU) started when I realized that I wanted more freedom than my 40-hour-a-week career would allow me.…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Portland State University Master of Science in Real Estate

I chose the Portland State University Master of Science in Real Estate program because of its sustainable and equitable real estate and development values. The deciding factor was that the community stood with the institution in a way I had…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: UC Berkeley’s Master of Real Estate Development and Design

Prior to the MRED+D program, I worked for a general contractor in San Francisco. I worked on the repositioning and adaptive reuse of the historic industrial buildings at Pier 70. Pier 70 is a 40-acre urban infill mixed-use development on…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: University of Florida Master of Science in Real Estate

“Growing up I was surrounded by engineers and builders in my formative years, so I decided to explore the same path and got my undergrad degree in civil engineering. I wanted to work in the construction/engineering industry, and after working…
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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: University at Buffalo MSRED

The Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) at the University at Buffalo is a three-semester program that teaches real estate development and investment to aspiring and advancing professionals, with the resurgent City of Buffalo…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Texas A&M’s MRE Program

My story on how I ended up pursuing a career in commercial real estate is far from cookie-cutter and perhaps, even a little unconventional. As opposed to most, I had absolutely zero prior exposure to the real estate industry; neither of my parents…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: Georgia State University’s Master of Science in Commercial Real Estate

A concise, diversified, and well-connected program, Georgia State University’s Master of Science in Commercial Real Estate (MSCRE) program is an ideal choice for transitioning to or furthering one’s career in the commercial real estate…
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Graduate Real Estate Series: University of Miami MRED+U

When a mentor suggested the University of Miami I was apprehensive to even look at the program. Being from a small part of New England, Miami felt a world away. Without knowing much about the city, I immediately felt intimidated and averse to…
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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,…