Certificate in Real Estate Development and Urbanism

The Certificate in Real Estate Development and Urbanism is designed to provide students with skills and experience to compete in the evolving world of urban real estate development. The curriculum is enriched by the University’s location in one of the nation’s most dynamic real estate markets, and by the School of Architecture faculty’s experience in livable community design. The certificate lays a foundation for training real estate industry professionals capable of tapping the power of the market to deliver development that offers a high quality of life for diverse populations to live, work, and pursue daily activities in walkable and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.

The Certificate will build on course offerings in the existing Master of Real Estate Development and Urbanism program, including real estate development, real estate finance, market analysis, real estate law, land use policies and codes, construction and project management, public private partnerships, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship. The existing curriculum incorporates case studies and materials on mixed-use development, urban infill, the redevelopment and repositioning of urban properties, historic preservation, and the integration of design, policy, management, and real estate development decision-making in shaping the built environment of communities.

There is a strong and increasing demand for graduates in architecture with both interdisciplinary skillsets and a foundational knowledge in real estate development, as well as knowledge of the interaction between real estate, architecture, construction, and urban design.

Certificate requires a total of 15 credits of core courses and related electives.

*This program is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment for further assistance.

Admission Requirements

Applications start on November 1 until June 1 for entry in Fall and October 1 until December 1 for entry in Spring. Admission to the Graduate Certificate Program is subject to the rules, regulations and procedures of the Graduate School as stipulated in the University Graduate Bulletin. It is the responsibility of each student to understand these requirements and to ensure that they are met.

Applications will be reviewed by the Real Estate Development and Urbanism Faculty Graduate Admissions Committee only after fulfilling the below requirements and all of the following documents have been received:

  1. Bachelor degree with a 3.0 cumulative point average (GPA)
  2. Completed application form with an application fee. This fee is mandatory.
  3. A letter or statement expressing your interest in the certificate and reasons for applying.
  4. Official transcripts of all college and university courses taken, indicating the date your professional or other undergraduate degree was awarded. All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar. E-scripts to download are also accepted. See more information on international transcripts below.
  5. Two academic (and professional, if applicable) letters of recommendation. If you have waived your right for access to your letters, they may be sent directly from the recommender, or they may be included with your application in a signed and sealed envelope.                      
  6. Resume sent to email: nhejazi@miami.edu.  

Additional requirements for International Students:

  1. TOEFL of min. 80 or IELTS of min. 6.5 (please use University code 5815). 
  2. Graduate international transcripts will be reviewed by one of the approved Evaluation Services:

For application review purposes, English translated official transcripts are sufficient. Once the applicant gets admitted, the international evaluation report is required. 

Please visit our website at mredu.arc.miami.edu and refer to our latest admission requirements here.

Curriculum Requirements

Certificate in Real Estate Development and Urbanism

RED 601Introduction to Real Estate Development and Urbanism (or RED 660)3
RED 610Financing Urban Real Estate Development or other approved Real Estate Finance Course3
RED 630Real Estate Economics and Market Analysis or approved Real Estate Market Analysis course or other approved Studio, ARC, RED, BUS or Law courses3
Total Credit Hours15


Electives can be selected from the following
ARC 609Architecture Design6
RED 640Applied Design for Real Estate Development1
RED 660Urban Redevelopment3
RED 670Construction and Project Management3
BSL 694Real Estate Law2
Other courses by approval

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively use basic architectural and environmental principles in design.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and listen effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate representational media, such as traditional graphic and digital technology skills, to convey essential formal elements at each stage of the programming and design process.