McQuaid, Ms. Jana P.
Graduate Program Director
Admission requirements summary
Real Estate and Urban Land Development, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)
Minimum of five years experience is preferred.
The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate and Land Development is designed for professionals who seek an opportunity for advanced study in real estate and are more interested in the focused knowledge obtainable than receipt of a graduate degree. The certificate provides students the ability to advance their careers while receiving recognition for their academic accomplishment in the form of a graduate certificate. Many working professionals, especially those with undergraduate majors in liberal arts, will find this program attractive since they can concentrate their energies on a tightly focused curriculum without enrolling in a large number of prerequisite courses. The graduate certificate may be completed by taking both on-campus and internet-based courses.
Student learning outcomes
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate the qualitative and quantitative dimensions of real estate valuation in a clear and well-organized manner.
- Graduates will be able to select, conceptualize and apply the appropriate quantitative measurement and analysis to correctly value real estate. Such methods might include an economic and financial analysis of commercial real estate investments, alternative financing structures and/or surveys of recent trends in the securitization of commercial real estate debt and equity markets.
- Graduates will be able to analyze a real estate valuation problem in terms of: 1) development of a precise statement of the problem and how it relates to the goals of the firm and/or client and in conformance to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, 2) a consideration of the ethical, policy and/or practical limitations on any proposed solution strategy, 3) statement and consideration of proposed solutions strategies and their implementation, including the application and development of the appropriate approaches to value (cost analysis, sales comparison analysis, and income capitalization analysis — including direct capitalization and yield capitalization) along with a proper reconciliation of these approaches and 4) formulation of a plan for implementation and monitoring of the proposed solution.
- Graduates will be able to analyze the ethical dimensions of a real estate situation and relate those dimensions to professional ethical standards. Specifically, graduates will have an understanding of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.