Evaluating Masters in Real Estate Development Programs

Everyone is looking for a way to advance their career and get an edge up on their competition. But how can you do this? One answer is education.

A Masters in Real Estate Development provides you with the developer’s perspective on relevant issues including civil engineering, finance, and public policy and prepares you to take a leading role. Once you decide to take the leap and apply for a Masters in Real Estate Development, the next challenge is deciding where to apply.

Finding the right graduate program takes time, energy, and a lot of research. Many programs contain similar elements, yet others have distinctive points that make them stand out among the rest. Weighing the format of each program is of great importance because it could make the difference in your learning and your ability to succeed.

Class Profile

In George Mason University’s MS in Real Estate Development, applicants are experienced real estate industry professionals looking to expand expertise in real estate development, finance, public policy, sustainability, and construction management. The average age of students is 33 years old with an average work experience of 8 years.

Program Features

At Mason, the Masters in Real Estate Development program offers students a wealth of options.

Full- or part-time program options Cross-disciplinary program with School of Business, School of Public Policy, and School of Engineering faculty and courses Extensive connections with the Northern Virginia–Washington, D.C. real estate development community Fall or spring start date 36 credit hours

Once core courses are completed, students may choose electives from the School of Business, the School of Public Policy, and the School of Engineering including the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.


Students start in the fall or spring at our Arlington campuses and complete the degree in 24-36 months. Classes are typically scheduled during the evening.

Weighing the format of different graduate programs is vital in the search to find the right fit for you. Some programs are longer than others, and each has varying credit hours. Class offerings may be in the evenings or weekends. Finding the program with the format that works best for you and your current lifestyle is vital in determining your success in the program. Be sure to weigh all factors when looking at various programs.

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Janet Palmisano

Janet Palmisano is a member of the Recruiting and Admissions team at the George Mason University School of Business.

Comments (2)

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    Kaashif Karriem


    We are looking for new like minded, fresh graduates to join us at our real estate company in Dubai, UAE. We offer competitive packages and full training with great marketing and great support


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    Provident Estate


    Earning a Master of Science in Real Estate can give you a big advantage over the competition and a boost in your career. According to Select Leaders’ Real Estate Hiring Trends Survey, 70 percent of real estate companies are more interested in hiring candidates with degrees.


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