Master of Science in Real Estate

Innovative and Interdisciplinary  

The vision of the MSRE program is to prepare graduates to become future leaders in the real estate industry by fostering innovative and interdisciplinary critical thinking, grounded in fundamental principles, while embracing sustainability and best industry practices.

Students benefit from theoretical and practical approaches to a variety of real estate issues, developing problem solving skills taught by highly qualified faculty, augmented by a wealth of affiliate faculty who are real estate industry leaders.

MSRE at a Glance (Core + One Option)

University of WA Seattle Campus Real Estate Course Catalog

 Breadth and Depth

Students have the opportunity to master four critical areas in their core studies regardless of the specific option they focus on:

• Industry Awareness: breadth & complexity of industry, interdisciplinary nature & connections, and critical thinking

• Theories: space & capital markets, urban growth, supply & demand, financial economics, built environment & sustainability, and market behavior & outcomes

• Methodologies: market analysis, feasibility analysis, investment and development decision-making, appraisal/valuation, leadership in a diverse and changing world, negotiation techniques, and legal attributes of land

• Skills: personal effectiveness skills, financial modeling and other specialized real estate software skills

In addition to mastering the fundamentals in the core curriculum, students have the opportunity to delve more deeply into one of the following options, which they will select in their first or second quarter:

• Corporate Real Estate: lease administration and transaction management, project management, workplace strategy, portfolio optimization, use of technology in facility management and building performance strategies, sustainability and change management. This option is a first of its kind opportunity to earn a graduate degree in a field with burgeoning employment growth — large corporations such as Boeing, Starbucks, and Microsoft, as well as many banks, health care institutions and others now outsource their real estate management functions.

• Real Estate Development: deal structures, private project finance, public/private partnerships, taxation and tax incentives, feasibility analysis, project management, entitlement process, and risk mitigation

• Real Estate Finance and Investment: alternative real estate financing and investment vehicles, deal structures, capital markets, securitization of real estate assets, portfolio theory and asset management

• General Real Estate: students not wishing to specialize in one of the above may select real estate courses from all three options in consultation with their academic adviser.

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