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|Program||MS in Real Estate Development|
|Average Work Experience||8 yrs|
|Minority (US only)||32%|
Learn about a few Mason Masters in Real Estate Development students and alumni.
Malcolm Van de Riet, Class of 2014
White Oak Properties
Malcolm manages development, acquisition and advisory services for White Oak Properties LLC, a company he founded in 2000. Among other ventures, White Oak's development and construction management work includes a 90,000 sq. ft. historic office renovation for the American Enterprise Institute, a 270-unit affordable housing complex in Fairfax County and Liberty Park, a high-profile 9-11 memorial in Vienna, Virginia.
"The flexibility of the Mason real estate program allowed me to tailor my academic experience to my skill set, broaden my knowledge and distinguish my credentials. Obtaining my masters in real estate not only helped me achieve my career goals, but strategically expanded my professional network as well."
Chris Oursler , Class of 2014
Ditto Residential, Inc.
At Ditto Residential, Chris oversees pre-development, design and construction of residential development projects. In his previous work with Marrick Properties, Chris structured budgeting for the delivery of 60-100 homes per year and worked directly with clients during the design.
"As the son of a real estate developer, I had a lifetime of insight into how a development company operates but lacked the real estate specific financial models to manage a company for maximum profitability and success. The Mason MS in Real Estate Development has given me the knowledge and the confidence I needed to pursue my goal of someday starting my own real estate development company."
Huong Van, Class of 2014
Senior Vice President
First Virginia Community Bank
With more than eight years in the banking industry, Huong is an experienced lender with a specialization in commercial real estate financing including office, retail, hotel, industrial, multifamily, residential, acquisition and construction lending.
"I joined the Mason MS in Real Estate Development because I wanted to view the world the same way my developer clients did. I wanted to speak their language. My hope was that this program would help me become be a better banker. It also has been an invaluable resource in helping me to build genuine relationships with leaders and future leaders in the industry. "
Parks Underdown Class of 2014
Regional Operations Manager
As Regional Operations Manager for AvalonBay Communities, Parks supports approximately 20 multi-family communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. His work entails analyzing and monitoring operations systems, training onsite teams, and implementing new corporate technology initiatives, as well as supporting the investments, finance and property operations groups for acquisitions nationwide.
"When I applied to the Mason real estate program, I had about five years of experience in mortgage lending and property management, but my real interests were in finance and real estate investment," says Parks. "I was looking for a way to gain the valuation and analysis skills I needed to advance my career in the development arena."