MS in Real Estate Development


College of Architecture & the Built Environment


Master of Science


East Falls


Online, On Campus




1.5 - 2.5 Years

Program Highlights

The MS in Real Estate Development program positions you for an entrepreneurial real estate career, a career in the nonprofit sector, or a management position in the public sector of economic development.

  • Flexibility for students to take classes online with our low residency program, or on campus. 
  • Focus on the quadruple bottom line of real estate development –
    • People – Social Responsibility
    • Planet – Environmental Sustainability
    • Profit – Economic Viability
    • Placemaking – Community Context and Design Excellence
  • Cutting-edge curriculum rooted in practice and guided by industry faculty. 
  • Learn to creatively invigorate urban communities—architecturally, environmentally and fiscally.
  • Track the demographic, sociological, technological and economic trends that impact the supply and demand for particular projects within specific markets and areas.
  • Apply “green” planning principles, as outlined by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to development projects.
  • Assess fundamental legal principles and ethical practices applicable to real estate development.
  • Apply financial and investment tools in a wide array of property types and development scenarios.
  • Examine the opportunities and challenges of public-private partnerships (PPPs), the techniques employed to encourage growth, and the market and fiscal feasibility of cross-sector collaborations.
  • Focus upon projects of various scales—from single building and neighborhood revitalization, to commercial, institutional and healthcare development.
  • Analyze demographic, technological and economic trends using current GIS technologies.
  • Measure the efficacy of sustainable interventions, such as Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Brownfield Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse as a springboard to urban revitalization.
  • Complete a comprehensive Capstone Project under the mentorship of faculty who are in the real estate industry.