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Change is the only constant in real estate. Our certificate programs keep you ahead of the competition.

Enhance your career through graduate certificates in real estate development analysis, real estate development finance and real estate development practice.

Our three stackable graduate certificates in real estate development provide an opportunity for those who are or who desire to be real estate and land development professionals to develop specialized knowledge and increase employability through exposure to current real estate development practices and market trends. Prior experience in the field is not required.

The three certificates of three or four courses each earned together with the addition of a three-unit capstone course culminate in a Master of Real Estate Development.

Earn the certificates in person or online. Working professionals have the opportunity to take courses at their own pace.

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The program was incredibly worthwhile and is sure to benefit my career development.

Javier Castro AIA, NCARB

Certificate in Real Estate Development Analysis

The 9-unit, three-course Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development Analysis focuses on the fundamentals of real estate development and the processes by which public and private sector decisions are made. This certificate covers real estate development principles in the United States and the Southwest with an emphasis on Responsible Property Development.

You will gain an understanding of the historical development of real estate markets and the associated impacts on risk and return.

Our expert faculty will provide you with an understanding of land analysis processes and how these methods relate to the practice of real estate development.

In this certificate, you will:

  • Analyze how private developers conduct and finance their businesses
  • Survey the historical development of real estate markets and the impact on future risk and valuation
  • Perform feasibility analyses
  • Evaluate the role of private markets and the public sector in development processes

Courses

There is an interest in assuring that real estate development of the future is more socially, environmentally, and economically responsible than in the past. Emerging research shows that responsible real estate development can produce competitive short-term and superior long-term financial returns. This introductory course will review sweeping changes occurring in real estate development.

Online
Typically Offered:
Fall 
Units: 3

This course serves as a primer for the analysis techniques and data sources used to segment real estate markets, quantify demand, and evaluate competing supply. This course considers the balance of demand and supply as a key component to responsible real estate development.

Online
Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

A case-oriented approach to site selection, rezoning, financing, architectural design, economic feasibility, and other facets of the land development process.  Graduate-level requirements include the completion of a series of research projects.

Main Campus and iCourse
Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3


Certificate in Real Estate Development Finance

The 12-unit, four-course Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development Finance focuses on the financial fundamentals of real estate development. Through this certificate, you will examine the capital markets and factors that shape the flow of funds into real estate investments.

Gain familiarity with standard real estate related datasets and learn how to acquire appropriate data, categorize and prioritize data and datasets and utilize appropriate financial modeling techniques to inform real estate development investment decisions.

You will gain the ability to assemble and assess financial data into real-world investment models. This will give you the skills you’ll need to make a clear, quantitative case for the cost and benefit of real estate development investment decisions.

This certificate will help you build core skills, including:

  • Internal rate of return (IRR) analysis 
  • Proforma modeling
  • Acquisition/disposition analysis and decision-making
  • Financing analysis and decision-making
  • Maximizing real estate returns
  • Risk analysis

Courses

The focus of this course is the analysis of capital formation in commercial real estate and examination of the tools real estate investors use to make investment decisions. The course includes sections on capital sources, investor concerns and hurdles, data sources, investment fundamentals and tools, discounted cash flow modeling, and pre-tax equity distributions for a range of partnerships.

On Campus and Online
Typically Offered:
Fall 
Units: 3

There is an interest in assuring that real estate development of the future is more socially, environmentally, and economically responsible than in the past. Emerging research shows that responsible real estate development can produce competitive short-term and superior long-term financial returns. This introductory course will review sweeping changes occurring in real estate development.

Online
Typically Offered:
Fall 
Units: 3

This is a core course that focuses on suite of economic approaches that broaden planners' and developers' ability to make informed economic decisions from the perspective of the public sector.

Online
Typically offered:
Spring
Units: 3

This course is designed to advance students' knowledge of the industry leading data and software required to succeed in real estate development and finance.  Drawing on tools from CoStar, Real Capital Analytics, ARGUS, and Site To Do Business, the class illustrates use of the programs in the context of solving real estate development and finance problems.

In Person and Online
Typically Offered: Fall 
Units: 3


Certificate in Real Estate Development Practice

The 12-unit, four-course Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development Practice focuses on the fundamentals of real estate development implementation through an in-depth analysis of development projects from project conception to final proposals. You will be exposed to construction methods and project management within the development process, and the tools and methods utilized in the public and private sectors.

Through this certificate, you'll gain an understanding of:

  • Real estate development entitlements
  • Project management techniques

You’ll also gain the ability to determine, describe and implement the steps required to develop a property from property acquisition to design and construction.

Courses

There is an interest in assuring that real estate development of the future is more socially, environmentally, and economically responsible than in the past. Emerging research shows that responsible real estate development can produce competitive short-term and superior long-term financial returns. This introductory course will review sweeping changes occurring in real estate development.

Online
Typically Offered:
Fall 
Units: 3

This course provides students a review of the legal principles that inform and regulate the due diligence and entitlement process that is the basis of every successful real estate transaction.

On Campus and Online
Typically offered:
Fall
Units: 3

The objective of the course is to introduce real estate development students, and those from other majors and programs, to construction management as a component of the real estate development process.  The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of building construction, project budget estimation, project management, scheduling, and project leadership. The course will focus both case analyses and discussions of best practices.  Industry experts will provide insight and help guide the course substantively.  The course will ask students to analyze decisions made by real estate developers about construction management and communicate clearly about construction management and its role in mitigating risk and enhancing project returns.

Online
Typically offered:
Fall
Units: 3

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of urban design and urban form and the role these play in placemaking in cities, towns and suburbs. The course will cover the work of urban design theorists, variables that impact a community's sense of place, challenges and opportunities in modern city design, and methods to design more livable and sustainable cities.

Online
Typically offered:
Spring
Units: 3


Certificate Admissions and Cost

To apply for a certificate you must submit a graduate certificate application through the UArizona Graduate College application system.


Career Outcomes

The current employment outlook for most real estate sectors is strong, particularly in the South and West. In general, the industry currently has a maturing workforce that is leading to additional job opportunities for graduates, a trend expected to continue well into the future.


Program Partners

The University of Arizona Master of Real Estate Development program is accepted by the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute as one of its University Alliance program participants. The CCIM’s University Alliance program creates several advantages for students. Primarily, it is designed to expedite how students earn CCIM designation after graduation.

Other program partners include:

Certificate students also connect with members of the local real estate development community.

Contact the Advisor

Learn more about the Certificates in Real Estate Development by contacting Emilio Romero, graduate services coordinator, at 520-621-9189.

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