MS in Real Estate Development


  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Architecture & the Built Environment

Degree Earned

Master of Science

Program Type

  • On Campus

Our mission is to prepare students to be leaders in the real estate profession and to address the significant built environment challenges of the 21st century: sustainability, gentrification, poverty, the decline of brick and mortar retail and the shifts in demographics. Students will learn to address economic, social, and ecological issues when developing commercial, industrial, institutional, or mixed use and residential real estate development projects. Philadelphia is the backdrop for much of the curriculum but national and international examples are also investigated.

By combining environmental and economic sustainability, social consciousness, design excellence, financial feasibility and economic viability, students see first-hand how real estate development invigorates communities and shapes healthy places to live, work, and play. Using the city of Philadelphia as a living laboratory, students learn to approach projects at various scales, ranging from a single building to an entire district or neighborhood,

A faculty of industry experts and practitioners provide real-world insight into the legal aspects of land-use, city and regional planning, construction science and management. Much of the course work is collaborative, including case study analysis, on-site visits, and real-world problem solving. The Jefferson experience helps students build a network of professional contacts and resources.