M.S. in Real Estate

The Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to analyze, evaluate and execute complex real estate investment and development transactions. 

To emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of the real estate industry and the diverse skill set required for success, the curriculum draws from a variety of academic disciplines such as:

  • Architecture
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Geography

Students graduating from the program have the skills necessary to qualify for positions such as development associates, underwriters, brokers, asset and property managers, acquisition specialists, and investment/financial analysts

The graduate students that we attract to the program have diverse professional backgrounds and experience levels. Often students have a specialty in one area of commercial real estate (e.g., lending, brokerage, site planning, etc.) and join our program to acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge and the financial acumen to better evaluate commercial real estate opportunities. 

Prior real estate experience ranges from 0 – 10+ years as we recruit students directly from highly competitive undergraduate institutions as well as experienced professionals with 10+ years of experience in a specialized niche of commercial real estate. Most of our students enroll in the program part-time, while continuing to work full time in their current positions. We also enroll full-time students who often complete internships during the academic year.

Experiential Learning Opportunities


Student Managed Investment Fund

We offer a dynamic, hands-on, Student-Managed Real Estate Investment Funds in the U.S., giving students experience in the analysis, investment, and management of private real estate securities.



Students are paired with two mentors; a member of our Advisory Board or another high-level executive within our networks, and an alumnus working in the Charlotte market, developing lifelong professional relationships.


Industry Association Involvement

Trade organizations and industry leaders sponsor our students' education, providing a significant amount of scholarship money for qualified students.


Seminar Series

Monthly seminar series are offered, free of charge, to students and as continuing education for alumni. Industry experts provide informative viewpoints on current topics in real estate and public policy.


Software Training and Certification

MSRE students receive rigorous training to become certified in Argus. Students also master Excel, ESRI BAO, Real Data, Costar, and STR reports, and receive industry-specific negotiation and communication training.


Professional Designations

MSRE curriculum counts towards CCIM designation and puts graduates on a fast-track to CPM designation. It also replaces the pre-licensing course, allowing graduates to immediately sit for the Broker's License exam.


One-on-One Career Coaching

We work one-on-one with students and connect them to the commercial real estate community through internships and job shadowing.


Real Estate Advisory Board

Our curriculum is informed by high-ranking professionals in one of America's most dynamic real estate cities. These industry experts are available to students for networking and mentorship opportunities.