An Experiential Learning Environment Rich in Real-World Perspective

Rigorous and relevant coursework is a staple of the MS in Real Estate Development program. You have the opportunity to seamlessly connect your studies with the contemporary business environment. Our faculty members incorporate daily opportunities to connect business theory with reality and advocate real-world learning. High-impact activities outside the traditional classroom setting allow you to integrate theory with practice—to advance your leadership and management abilities.

You work in teams on real-world development projects and are exposed to both academic and industry experts. You are exposed to the full range of development functions thanks to our public/private cooperation of faculty and professionals from the real estate development community, who serve as your professors, guest speakers, and mentors.

Inside the classroom, role-playing, simulations, projects, and guest speakers are used to illuminate learning from textbooks, lectures, and discussions. You use your creativity and problem-solving skills to address the kinds of challenges you experience on the job, no matter which specialization or what country your career takes you to.

Core Courses (18 Credits)

(Course credit hours in parentheses)
REAL 500 Real Estate Development Fundamentals (3)
REAL 502 Real Estate Client Leadership and Project Management (3)
REAL 630 Innovative Land Use, Approvals and Real Estate Development (3)
GBUS 746 Real Estate Analysis and Valuation (3)
GBUS 747 Real Estate Finance (3)
REAL 750 MRED Capstone (3)

Elective Courses (18 credits)

You may choose electives from among other REAL courses and available appropriate offerings in the School of Business, the School of Public Policy, the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

Sample electives include
REAL 610 - Management of Real Estate Design and Development (3)
REAL 615 - Real Estate Market Analysis and Research (3)
GBUS 748 - Real Estate Investment (3)
MBA 603 - Managerial Economics and the Firm (3)
CEIE 501- Sustainable Development (3)
CEIE 556 - Environmental Law (3)
PUBP 721 - Transportation Economics (3)

If you wish, you may select a field for emphasis for your electives. Sample areas of emphasis (at least 3 courses) include

  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Environment and Sustainability

With prior approval, you may also design your own area of emphasis.

George Mason University School of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 10 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Business is one of only 25 percent of business schools accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.




Main Campus
School of Business 
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4400 University Drive, MS 1B1
Fairfax, VA 22030