Real Estate Electives

Leveraging its focus on business together with our location in the real estate capital of Washington, D.C., the George Washington University School of Business stands at the center of critical discussions between real estate practice and law. We seek to educate our students to act ethically and effectively at the convergence of the two. The Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis is the GWSB’s thought leader on the intersection of real estate and public policy.

The Global MBA Program consists of 57 credit hours delivered in modular format. In the first year, the core curriculum is completed within an active and integrated cohort of 45-50 classmates. Students develop first-hand experience in communicating and studying as a group, crucial issues for professionals today. The first-year curriculum is focused on ethics, leadership, globalization and teamwork.

In the second year, the curriculum consists of electives and our capstone courses in entrepreneurship and business strategy. The strategy course has an intramural case-based competitions which provide for integration of the core knowledge and strategic analysis. Students can customize their programs by choosing multiple elective courses from either the 12 designated concentrations, certificates, or areas of study which includes Real Estate and Urban Development. The program is completed in two years (21 months).

For the 2014-2015 academic year, GW is offering the following graduate-level courses in real estate:

  • FINA 6240 – Real Estate Development: Examination of the forces that shape real estate development; market analysis methods and techniques to evaluate project feasibility; the institutional and legal framework within which real estate development occurs and that influences controls; land value and development potential (Fall)
  • FINA 6241 – Financing Real Estate Development: Principles of real estate development finance; evaluating and measuring the investment attractiveness of real estate projects; obtaining, differentiating and hedging sources of real estate funding; and appraising property. Incentives provided by local, state and federal governments. (Spring)
  • FINA 6248 – Real Estate Development Cases: Case study analysis of large-scale commercial real estate developments to gain comprehension of financial, political, legal and technical complexities and constraints inherent in real estate. This course includes opportunities for short-term, hands-on study abroad in either Amsterdam, Berlin or Mumbai during Sring Break. (Spring)
  • FINA 6242 – Real Estate Valuation and Investment: An understanding of the valuation of different types of real estate from different viewpoints. Focuses on the analysis of the risks of investing in real estate as well as the opportunities. (Fall)
  • FINA 4201 – Real Estate Investment: Principles of real estate investment, including valuation, appraisal, financing and development, in addition to a discussion of the mortgage market and its institutions. (Undergraduate course — Fall and Spring)
  • FINA 6241 – Financing Real Estate Development: Principles of real estate development finance; evaluating and measuring the investment attractiveness of real estate projects; obtaining, differentiating and hedging sources of real estate funding and appraising property. Analyzing incentives provided by local, state and federal governments. (SPRING)
  • FINA 6290 – Foundations in Real Estate Law: A pragmatic, transactional approach to how real estate law impacts walkable place-making in an urban context, taught in an immersive, highly interactive classroom environment. (Fall)
  • FINA 6290 – Walkable Urban Place Development & Management: Strategies for developing walkable urban projects and how to develop and implement a strategy for a walkable urban place. (Spring)
  • FINA 6290 – Investing in Real Estate: Analyzing Buyers, Sellers and Financiers: This six-day intensive course offers a unique experience for students interested in commercial real estate and networking with MBA students from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Students will learn how to buy, sell and finance different types of real estate through lectures, company visits and by participating in an intensive and challenging Interactive Case Study where each student will need to cooperate and compete with others. Students will create a number of useful spreadsheets to be used for financing decisions and investment analysis. (Short-term Summer program; open to MBA students only.)

In addition to the above courses offered by GWSB, GW offers a number of other electives that may be of interest to those pursuing a career in real estate, including:

  • Construction Project Management
  • Investment Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Construction Budget and Analysis
  • Marketing Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Initiation
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Land Use and Urban Transportation
  • Urban Economics
  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Construction Cost Management
  • Facilities Operation and Maintenance Management