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MS Real Estate Development

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1.5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee


Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

World University Ranking

About this course

The Real Estate Development program’s expanded three-semester curriculum combines the fundamental skills of professional real estate with a holistic approach to urban development as a creative act. Graduates receive a Master of Science of Real Estate Development (MS.RED) in an intensive calendar year spanning from May to May. Cross-disciplinary electives draw on the program’s access to the extraordinary offerings of GSAPP and Columbia at large, while required coursework immerses students in the three core tenets of urban real estate development: the financial, the physical, and the legal, arming students with the full range of professional and intellectual skills needed to tackle the complex demands of global urban real estate development.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M.S. RED program.
  • M.S. RED applicants may hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of fields. While graduate and professional academic preparation in development-related disciplines, such as architecture, finance, law, urban design, historic preservation, civil engineering, or urban planning is highly desirable, it is not essential for admission to the program.
  • It is recommended that applicants have 2 years of professional experience prior to entering the M.S. RED program

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Course Modules

  • Data Visualization For Architecture, Urbanism and The Humanities
  • Real Estate Finance III
  • Real Estate Finance III
  • Internship
  • Affordable Housing, Development and Policy
  • Advanced Excel Skills
  • Asset Management
  • Hotel Transactions
  • IT and The Real Estate Enterprise          
  • Underwriting II
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate Transactions Law
  • Capstone: Development Case Studies
  • International Re Regions: China
  • International Re Regions: Brazil
  • International Re Regions: London
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Tax Issues in Acquisitions and Developments
  • Private Equity Development-Hospitality Focus   
  • Retail Real Estate and Development
  • Capital Markets: Debt
  • Real Estate Debt Securitization
  • International REITs
  • Urban Development Project
  • Technological Innovation in Real Estate
  • Construction Law: Negotiation and Management
  • Advanced Case Studies in Real Estate Analysis

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How to Apply

  • Create and complete an online application.
  • Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. RED requires three letters of recommendation.
  • Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  • Upload a resume into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  • Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  • Send GRE or GMAT score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. For the GRE, a minimum verbal score of 150 is required. There is no minimum required score for GMAT. Please find our institution codes here.
  • Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required. Please find our institution codes here.
  • Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
    (Optional) Mail copies of work and writing samples to the GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Samples are not required and will be considered supplemental material. If your samples do not exceed five pages they may be emailed directly to [email protected]

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