Certificate in Walkable Urban Real Estate Development

Graduate Certificate for Non-Degree Students

Walkable urban real estate development and place management is the future of the real estate industry.  Metropolitan Washington, D.C., has more examples of walkable urbanism than any other region in the country.  So it is natural that GW’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis offers a graduate certificate in this emerging approach to development as well as the strategy and management of these places.

This 16.5-credit non-degree graduate certificate is intended to provide the necessary skills, insights and connections for future career opportunities in mixed-use, walkable urban development and place management.  The certificate provides future employers with the confidence that you are equipped to take on the unique challenges of 21st century real estate and place management.

Curriculum

To obtain the certificate, students select one course from each of the six categories below. The course selection will be expanded over time to provide more choice to students.

  1. Real Estate Development – to learn the basics of real estate development from the ground up.
    • FINA 6240: Real Estate Development
  2. Real Estate Finance – to learn how to finance the development and acquisitions of real estate.
    • FINA 6242: Problems in Real Estate Valuation
    • FINA 6241: Financing Real Estate Development
  3. Real Estate Law – to learn the basics of real estate law and to determine why, when and how to engage legal counsel in the walkable urban development process.
    • FINA 6290: Real Estate Law & Development
  4. Sustainable Urban Planning – to learn how to design/plan sustainable, walkable urban places.
    • PSUS 6235: Urban and Regional Economics
    • PSUS 6202: Economics of Sustainable Communities
  5. Walkable Urban Development – A common course for all certificate students to learn how to develop walkable urban projects and develop and implement a strategy for a walkable urban place.
    • FINA 6290: Walkable Urban Development, Strategy and Place Management
  6. Real Estate Capstone – A common capstone course for all real estate certificate students (subject TBD).
    • 1.5 Credit Hours

Once you complete the 16.5 credits necessary you would be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Walkable Urban Development.  Credits earned in this certificate program may be counted towards earning an MBA at GW.

Requirements for Admission

Students applying for this program must have at minimum:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an international institution that is accredited by the country’s ministry of education or comparable government agency;
  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience OR submission of GMAT or GRE scores equivalent to the MBA recommendations;
  • A minimum of one essay about motivations for wanting to attend.

Additional application requirements:

  • GW Graduate Admissions online application.
  • A non-refundable application fee.
  • Statement of Career Objectives: In no more than 500 words, describe how the Graduate Certificate in Walkable Urban Development fits into your professional life and your career objectives.
  • A current resume.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a professional reference.
  • Official transcript from every college and/or university attended, even if it did not lead to a degree of if the credits appear on other transcripts.

Tuition

Tuition for students who are pursuing only the graduate certificate is $1,490 per credit hour for the 2014-2015 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to yearly increases.

Application Procedure

Go to Walkable Urban Development for a program overview and complete application instructions are available from this hyperlink.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW
Duques Hall Suite 550
Washington, DC 20052

Questions

Contact Robert Valero, executive director of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, at rjvalero@gwu.edu for more information.

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Graduate Certificate for MBA Students

Walkable urban real estate development and place management is the future of the industry. Metropolitan Washington has more examples of walkable urbanism than any other region in the country. So it is natural that GW School of Business offers a certificate in this emerging approach to development as well as the strategy and management of these places.

This 16.5-credit program is intended to provide the necessary skills, insights, and connections for future career opportunities. As an add-on to a GW business degree, the certificate provides future employers with the confidence that you are equipped to take on the unique challenges of 21st-century real estate and place management.

This program, with slight curriculum modifications, is also offered as a stand-alone Professional Certificate program for working professionals.

  • Credits: 16.5
  • Available to students in the following programs:
    Global MBA
    Professional MBA
    MS in Finance
  • Course delivery format(s): In-Person only

Curriculum Overview

To obtain the certificate, students select one course from each of the six categories below. Descriptions of each course can be viewed here.

Course # Course Title Credits
1: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
Learn the basics of real estate development from the ground up.
Common course for all certificate students.
FINA 6240 Introduction to Project Management 3.0
2: REAL ESTATE FINANCE
Learn how to finance the development and acquisitions of real estate.
Select one:
FINA 6242  Problems in Real Estate Valuation 3.0
FINA 6241  Financing Real Estate Development 3.0
3. REAL ESTATE LAW
Learn the basics of real estate law and how to determine why, when, and how to engage legal counsel in the walkable urban development process.
Common course for all certificate students.
FINA 6290  Real Estate Law & Development 3.0
4: SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING
Learn how to design and plan sustainable walkable urban places.
Select one.
PSUS 6235  Urban & Regional Economics 3.0
5. WALKABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Learn how to develop walkable urban projects and implement strategies for a walkable urban place.
Common course for all certificate students.
FINA 6290  Walkable Urban Development, Strategy & Place Management 3.0
6. REAL ESTATE CAPSTONE
Common course for all certificate students.
 TBD Walkable Urban Development & Place Management Capstone Competition 1.5

 

Questions

Contact Professor Christopher B. Leinberger at cleinberger@gwu.edu for more information.

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