Real Estate Developers

Real Estate Finance

Graduate Certificate

Learn the financial building blocks of real estate development. Examine capital markets and factors that shape the flow of funds into real estate investments.


This certificate focuses on the fundamentals of real estate implementation through an in-depth analysis of development projects from start to finish. Gain exposure to project management and development, and the tools and methods utilized in the public and private sectors.

Career Level: Graduate Certificate
Degree: Graduate Certificate
College: College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $850
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.

  • RED 501 – Intro to Real Estate Finance (3 units): Analyze capital formation in commercial real estate and learn the tools real estate investors use to make investment decisions. Examine 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. Evaluate decisions made by real estate developers and investors and communicate clearly about risk and return. Students should have a general familiarity with the property development process, urban policy issues, and the basics of both finance and Microsoft Excel.
  • RED 605 – Advanced Real Estate Finance (3 units): Discover 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, this course illustrates use of the programs in the context of solving real estate development and finance problems.
  • RED 585 – Economics for Planning & Real Estate Development (3 units): This is a core course focused on economic approaches that broaden planners’ and developers’ ability to make informed economic decisions from the perspective of the public sector.
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