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For more information on the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, contact: Rob Valero at

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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. Both courses have intramural case-based competitions which provide for integration of the core knowledge and strategic analysis. Students can customize their programs by choosing 12 elective courses from over 16 knowledge domains, including Real Estate and Urban Development. The program is completed in two years (21 months.)

For the 2013-2014 academic year, GW is offering the following graduate-level courses in real estate:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Problems in Real Estate Valuation: Applications of market analysis, valuation and financial techniques to the real estate development process. (Fall)
  • 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)
  • Real Estate Finance & Fixed-Income Security Valuation: The application of financial theory to real estate investment and financing; fixed-income security valuation, design and portfolio management; application of decision support and artificial intelligence systems in making financial decisions. (Spring)
  • 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. (Spring)
  • Walkable Urban Place Development & Management: Strategies for developing walkable urban projects and how to develop and implement a strategy for a walkable urban place. (Fall)

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