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Meet Masters in Real Estate Development Professor Michael Vanderpool

The dedicated faculty in George Mason’s Masters in Real Estate Development program work hard to prepare students for the real world. Their academic expertise combined with real-world real estate development experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice.

Michael VanderpoolAdjunct professor Michael Vanderpool has been teaching in the MS in Real Estate Development program since 2009. He has practiced law for more than 30 years, concentrating his practice in the areas of business law and commercial real estate. He is the senior attorney of the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. and has been named the “Legal Elite Business Attorney” by Virginia Business Magazine and by SmartCEO Magazine.

Vanderpool has experience in every aspect of the law as it applies to real estate development, from formation of legal entities to the negotiation of acquisition contracts, zoning, financing, operating and disposition of real estate assets. As a real estate developer, he also understands the business dynamics of the life cycle of a real estate project, including risk allocation, valuation analysis and the dynamics of running a real estate development entity.

We asked Vanderpool a few questions about the Masters in Real Estate Development program at George Mason, and here is what he had to say:

What’s the best thing about teaching at Mason? The best thing about teaching at Mason is the quality of the students and the great help we get from the academic and support staff.

What’s your most memorable teaching moment in the MS in Real Estate Development program? My most memorable teaching moment came when a student told me that what he learned in class the prior week immediately helped him perform better in his job and impressed his superiors.  It is great to hear that what you are teaching really makes a difference in a student’s career.

If you could describe Mason’s Masters in Real Estate Development program in one word, what would it be? I would use the word “comprehensive” to describe the real estate development program.  I think we do a good job of providing the students with the information and skills they need, from finance to leadership to law.

Why is Mason one of the best Real Estate Development programs around? I believe that the success of the Mason program derives from the fact that, with so many professors that currently work in the real estate and development field, we have a program that teaches what happens in the real world.

Learn more about Masters in Real Estate Development professor Michael Vanderpool.


Designed for professionals in real estate, Mason’s MS in Real Estate Development is a cross-disciplinary masters degree in real estate development drawing on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Business, School of Public Policy, and Volgenau School of Engineering.  The MS in Real Estate Development program provides students with the developer’s perspective on relevant issues, including civil engineering, finance, and public policy and prepares you to take a leading role.

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