MRED Careers: What You Can Do with a Real Estate Degree

Knowledge. Career Advancement. Success.

Most likely these words have floated through your mind as you consider pursuing a Masters in Real Estate Development degree (MRED). Those who make the step are often those who are most passionate about real estate and dedicated to enhancing their MRED careers. These will be the ones who are part of the next generation of industry leaders.

MRED careers are varied and widespread. They can include commercial lending, construction management, architecture, development, property management, and more.

According to a Real Estate Hiring Trends Survey

  • 70% of real estate companies are interested in hiring recent real estate graduates
  • 56% of real estate professionals anticipate an increase in total compensation
  • 38% of real estate companies surveyed expect an increase in hiring

George Mason’s MS in Real Estate Development is a cross-disciplinary degree in real estate development drawing on the expertise of faculty members within the schools of business, policy, and engineering.  Students represent a range of professional experiences and fields within the industry.

One of the most important aspects of the program is its deep connections within the Washington, D.C., real estate industry. This gives Mason students unique access to case study tours, capstone projects, and successful real estate professionals in the classroom. These hands-on learning and networking opportunities are invaluable as your grow in your MRED career.

“Obtaining my masters in real estate not only helped me achieve my career goals, but strategically expanded my professional network as well.” –Malcolm Van de Riet ’13, President, White Oak Properties

Learn more about the Masters in Real Estate Development program at Mason.

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Bob Wulff

I am director of George Mason University's Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship and MS in Real Estate Development. I have more than 35 years of Washington, D.C., area real estate industry experience. Most recently, I served as senior vice president at B. F. Saul Company where I was responsible for acquisition and development of projects for the firm's $6 billion real estate portfolio. I also served as executive vice president at Hazel Land Company and vice president at The Peterson Companies. I've spent time as an investment banker with Smith Barney Harris Upham Company in New York City in their corporate finance division and also served as deputy development director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the UDAG program.

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