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Real estate developers apply the principles of planning and design to create new projects in a variety of market sectors. This challenging field requires the developer to identify opportunities, analyze project financial feasibility, and implement projects from design through occupancy. The Real Estate Development Certificate introduces students to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to participate in this field. Students may also select courses in historic preservation, sustainable design or community development to focus their studies and be more knowledgeable in specific real estate markets.



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Certificate Enrollment

Enrollment in the Real Estate Development Certificate* requires the submission of the Certificate Application Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For additional information, please contact us by email at or by phone at 617.585.0135.

Certificate students must begin academic coursework in the program within two academic semesters of submitting the enrollment materials.

*An undergraduate degree is recommended, but not required for enrollment in the certificate program. Courses in this program are taught at the graduate-level.

Program Requirements

The Real Estate Development Certificate program requires the completion of 9 credits – 4.5 credits of required courses and 4.5 credits of elective courses. It is highly recommended that students begin with one or both of the required courses before moving on to the elective courses.

Real Estate Development Certificate students take the same courses as students in the Master of Design Studies in Real Estate Development program.


Required Courses / 4.5 Credits

Elective Courses / 4.5 Credits

Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Visit Continuing Education Courses for current offerings.