MS in Real Estate

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Jul 1, 2023
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At a Glance

An MS in real estate gives you an advantage over the competition in an already competitive industry. Your elevated skillset will open doors and give you the leadership skills to take on large-scale projects. Numbers don't lie–100 percent of our graduates are either working, in graduate school, or both six months after graduation.

30 Credits
Flexible Class Options

Our MS in real estate is flexible and comprehensive. Choose from nearly 30 electives, like Corporate Governance or Statistical Methods, and design your own schedule.

12-24 Months
Full-Time and Part-Time Options

Earn your degree—and advance your career—on your own terms. Attend the program part-time or full-time, depending on your work and life demands. Full-time students graduate within 12 months, part-time in 24 months.

REIT Fund Management

Get hands-on experience by overseeing $250,000+ in assets through our student-managed Nulsen Real Estate Investment Trust.

Why get an MS in Real Estate at Kogod?

The Only Program of Its Kind in the DC Area

Kogod is the only business school in the city to offer an MS in real estate. We offer a rigorous foundation in real estate, finance, and sustainability. You will also have the freedom to choose from over 30 electives in topics like marketing, derivatives, risk management, entrepreneurship, and other business aspects.

Hands-On Learning

Your experience here will be hands-on, practical, and experiential. The courses are designed to train you in competencies like underwriting, financial analysis, and urban planning. You'll grow comfortable with industry-specific software. Our REIT Fund Management Program gives you the chance to apply your knowledge by managing a portfolio of $250,000 in real estate investment funds.

Throughout the year, you will participate in site visits to some of DC's most innovative real estate developments. In the past, students have toured The Wharf, City Market at O, Cathedral Commons, and more.

Unparalleled Access to Industry Leaders

Network with top executives in one of the largest real estate markets in the country. Our engaged advisory council boasts some of the most prominent industry leaders. Past students have also worked with major real estate groups and organizations like the National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals (NAIOP), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Plus, our program includes site visits, guest speakers, and networking events.

What You'll Learn

The MS in real estate consists of 30 credit hours. Our flexible curriculum means you can tailor your plan of studies to suit your goals.

Personalized Plan

Students take Introduction to Finance the week before the term begins. This gives them a solid understanding of the basic financial concepts they will revisit in later courses. The rest of the curriculum is divided into 21 credit hours in core courses and 9 credit hours in electives. We offer over 30 different electives ranging from financial analysis, investment, portfolio management, entrepreneurship, and more so you can customize your plan of studies.

Practical Experience

The Capstone project in Urban Planning and Sustainability gives you the chance to apply your knowledge on LEED real estate projects. As the first Platinum LEED city in the world, DC is the ideal location to immerse yourself in topics like green infrastructures and sustainable design.

Degree Requirements 

You'll Walk Away With

  • Real State Fundamentals—comprehension of the basic aspects of residential/commercial real estate and the mortgage markets. Ability to explain how real estate has an impact on the economy: urban growth, housing, Wall Street (securitization), governmental agencies. Ability to describe the environment in which business operates, including economic, legal, ethical, and societal dimensions.

  • Real Estate Operations—ability to recognize the operations and management of multifamily and commercial real estate. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the legal documentation and laws that have an impact on the acquisition and management of real estate.

  • Real Estate Valuation and Investment Analysis—ability to identify the key metrics for the evaluation and valuation of residential, multifamily, and commercial properties from an investment perspective. Students taking the Real Estate 685 elective will be able to apply NPV, DCF, IRR, pro forma modeling for underwriting real estate, as well as various structures for the acquisition/recapitalization of real estate.

  • Development, Urban Growth, and Sustainability—understanding of development, zoning, urban growth, and sustainability issues. Ability to explain: how zoning laws/regulations impact development, how urban growth affects density and development, new LEED regulations, and how they relate to development in DC.

  • Teamwork and Communication—participation in working teams and construct effective, clear, and well-written analyses.

Program Highlights

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Professional Partnerships

Kogod’s partnerships with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, and Global Association of Risk Professionals give you access to exclusive CFA, CAIA, and FRM content and sample exams.

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Real Estate Investment Trust

Oversee $250K in real estate investment funds before you graduate. Follow the market and conduct real-time analysis with your classmates. The decisions are entirely student-run.

Professor Mark Clark

Dedicated Faculty

Our faculty are renowned experts in their field and key players in Washington, DC's real estate industry. As mentors, they are invested in your professional and academic success.

Class Profile

US Minorities*
International Students
1.2 years
Average Work Experience

*Black = Black or African American; Hispanic = Hispanic/American or Latino; AIAN = American Indian or Alaska Native; NHPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates have found professional success in different sectors of the real estate industry.

Alumni work in:

  • Commercial development
  • International development
  • Mortgage financing
  • Investment banking

Recent employers include:

  • CBRE
  • City of Austin
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Duff & Phelps
  • Fannie Mae
  • Host Hotels and Resorts

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