At a Glance

Learning Objectives

  • Real State Fundamentals: Students will comprehend the basic aspects of residential/commercial real estate and the mortgage markets. They will be able to explain how real estate has an impact on the economy: urban growth, housing, Wall Street (securitization), governmental agencies. Students will be able to describe the environment in which business operates, including economic, legal, ethical, and societal dimensions

  • Real Estate Operations: Students will recognize the operations and management of multifamily and commercial real estate. They will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the legal documentation and laws that have an impact on the acquisition and management of real estate

  • Real Estate Valuation and Investment Analysis: Students will identify the key metrics for the evaluation and valuation of residential, multifamily and commercial properties from an investment perspective. They will be able to apply NPV, DCF, IRR, pro forma modeling (only if they have taken REAL 685 which is an elective) for underwriting real estate, as well as various structures for the acquisition/recapitalization of real estate.

  • Development, Urban Growth and Sustainability: Students will have a general understanding of development, zoning, urban growth and sustainability issues. They will be able to explain how zoning laws/regulations impact development; how urban growth affects density and development; new LEED regulations and how they relate to development in DC.

  • Teamwork and Communication: Students will participate in working teams and construct effective, clear and well-written analyses

Real Estate (MS)

Offered by the Kogod School of Business, the Real Estate (MS) program provides students an opportunity to obtain focused training in real estate that will prepare them for professionally-oriented careers in areas such as mortgage markets and property management.


Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants may also need to submit a GMAT or GRE score; please visit for more information. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Required (12 credit hours)

Electives (15 credit hours)

Complete 15 credit hours from the following with at least 9 credit hours from graduate-level finance and real estate courses, and up to 6 credit hours from graduate-level management, accounting, economics or other courses approved by the program director:

Note: A maximum of 3 credit hours in topics courses (FIN-685 Topics in Finance  (1.5-3) or REAL-685 Topics in Real Estate  (1.5-3) may be counted toward degree requirements, and a maximum of 3 credit hours of FIN-690 Independent Study Project in Finance  (1-6) or REAL-690 Independent Study Project in Real Estate  (1.5-3) may be counted toward degree requirements.

Capstone (3 credit hours)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor's and Kogod School of Business Master's Programs for more information.

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