Frequently Asked Questions

How does the UA MRED Program differ from other real estate graduate programs?

The UA MRED program is geared towards economically, socially, and environmentally responsible development practices. Because the MRED program is housed in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, students have an opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary program, grounded in finance, planning, landscape architecture, and architecture.

For what types of careers will the Master of Real Estate Development program prepare students?

MRED graduates are most likely to work in the private sector, in small or large real estate-related businesses including land development, brokerage, finance, property management, and commercial real estate. Many MRED students are entrepreneurial and plan to own and manage their own real estate development businesses. The MRED degree is also valuable to students interested in careers in the public sector, working in City or County economic development or planning offices.

Can students attend the program full-time or part-time?

MRED students can attend the program part-time (2 courses per semester) or full-time (4 courses per semester). The part-time program takes 6 semesters or 3 years to complete, while the full-time program can be completed in 3 semesters or 1 and a half years .

Is there the option to attend the program as a distance learning student?

Currently, the UA MRED program is residential, meaning that you must physically be on campus to attend classes.

Are students able to take courses outside the MRED program?

The MRED curriculum is highly structured so that students attain a comprehensive knowledge base. The program provides an opportunity to take one or two elective courses within the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture.

When are courses held?

Most courses are held in the evening or late afternoon.  Students in the full-time option will attend courses during the day time hours as well.

Are courses taught by faculty or teaching assistants?

All MRED courses are taught by faculty with doctorate degrees in their fields.

Are students able to work while attending school?

The part-time option is designed for working professionals. Most classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Are there opportunities for internships?

All MRED students are required to complete a 135-hour internship during their program. Students may identify their own internship opportunity or can work with the Coordinator to craft an internship with a local business.

What are the tuition and fees for the program?  Do you offer financial aid?

The UA MRED program is one of the most affordable real estate graduate programs in the country. The total cost for the full-time 3 semester program is $31,944 for in-state students and $61,572 for out of state students, which includes tuition and other academic fees. 

The MRED program currently offers the Tucson Association of Realtors Scholarship of $25,000 and other forms of financial assitance.  For questions regarding financial aid please contact our Graduate Academic Advisor Amy Moraga at 

What are the requirements for admission to the MRED program?

We look for motivated students with either an academic background or work experience that prepares them for the world of real estate development.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 minimum GPA. The Graduate College will also calculate the applicants GPA from the last 60 academic units in the case that the overall GPA is less than 3.0.

Students will need to submit letters of reference, transcripts and a personal statement (see the admissions page for more information).

The GRE is not required for admission.

Students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.

What is the application deadline? Do you admit students in January?

Priority consideration will be given to students applying before April 1 but students may apply up until August 1.

All MRED students are admitted to the fall entering class (August). We may make exceptions to admit students in the spring (January) on a case by case basis.

Contact Info

Brian Bidolli
Program Coordinator, Master of Real Estate Development
Director, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning