Master of Real Estate Development


The Master of Real Estate Development Program offers a collaborative education towards a sustainable future. The academic program focuses on the Quadruple Bottom Line to produce projects that are not only economically viable, but also environmentally respectful, socially responsible, and beautifully designed. The MRED degree is a 33-42 credit hour program which can be completed in an expedited, intensive fashion for those with academic or work experience in real estate in one year, the full time program can be completed in 18 months, or part time in 24-36 months. Courses are primarily offered in a semester format, meeting once a week in the evenings in the ever lively Architecture Building on the College Park campus.


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Tuition and Fees

The MRED degree is a Non-Standard Tuition program. Please see PDFs below for more info.

Below you will find the list of steps and information it takes to apply for admission to the graduate school as a candidate for the Master's in Real Estate Development.


Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development follow the same steps of deadlines except there is no GRE or GMAT requirement.

The Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program is comprised of 11 courses with two foundational core courses in law and finance; a capstone course undertaken as either a project feasibility study or a topical applied research paper; three electives; and 5 cognate courses with students selecting one course from multiple offerings in valuation/market analysis, planning, design, construction and asset management. On a case-by-case basis, the Program Director may accept a substitute course for a required core or cognate course if justified by the student’s prior educational background or work experience. MRED is not a cohort program with a required sequence of courses, although students taking additional levelling courses must do so in their first and second semesters. Thereafter, students go on to take the fundamental courses in Development Law and Foundations of Development Finance. No courses from prior degrees may be transferred for credit towards the MRED degree except for additional leveling courses required for students without a business degree or extensive real estate experience. 


Many related electives are available in such focused areas as sustainability, adaptive reuse, finance, affordable housing, planning, and transportation. In addition, students may take relevant courses at the Smith School of Business, the Clark School of Engineering, the Department of Landscape Architecture, and the School of Public Policy. 


Program Philosophy: Educating for The Quadruple Bottom Line

The location of the MRED program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation means you will have the opportunity to study with professors and students in highly related, but often overlooked parts of the development process—the broader context of planning and politics, design and construction, and property management—as well as standard finance and investment courses.


We believe here at Maryland that this is not only the best the University and our development partners and sponsors have to offer you, but that it is also a superior preparation for entering or advancing in the development industry. Your professors will provide theoretical and academic materials as well as the practical application of theory. Most of your professors will be practitioners active in the real estate arena.


In sum, your degree from Maryland is about preparing you to build for a sustainable future. Development projects you promote and participate in or undertake yourselves will aim for a rich quadruple bottom line—one that is not only economically viable, but also environmentally respectful, socially responsible and, not to be overlooked, aesthetically pleasing.


Program Pedagogy: Collaborative, Comprehensive, Professional Education

We take an integrated, interdisciplinary and balanced approach to real estate development education. This means you take courses that address all aspects of the real estate business. Yes, real estate is a business, and finance is critical to making it work, but all the other principles and professionals from planning to property managers, are an integral part of successful development. None of those aspects are overlooked in Maryland's Master's degree in Real Estate Development.


You will take at least one course in every phase of development, plus two or more cross-cutting courses, such as development law, and at least one or more "skills" classes, such as negotiations. In addition you will have the opportunity to select several narrowly focused electives. If you are keen to start your business you can take a course in entrepreneurship (RDEV688P) to learn business plan skills and hear from local developers about the multiple paths to success.


Your professors and courses will provide both a theoretical and practical knowledge base, with site visits, practice exercises and visiting lecturers who are active in all facets of development. Textbooks, journal articles and theses, are balanced with pro formas, policy memoranda and field studies. Each student is expected to become actively engaged in the local chapter of a real estate trade association, to stay up with current business reporting on real estate in the region, the nation and the world, and to participate in the life of the community they seek to shape going forward.


By the time you complete your capstone project you should be well equipped to understand and communicate with the array of professionals who contribute to a successful real estate project—planners, politicians, policy makers, community advocates, financiers, architects, appraisers, market analysts, engineers, contractors, investment bankers and property and asset managers. 

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we want to welcome you to the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are happy that you will be joining us and hope that your experience is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. We have assembled some information to aid you in your transition into our classroom environment. Should you find that there are items that are not addressed, please let us know so that we can help you get the answer to your question as well as include that information for future generations. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.


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To schedule a meeting with the Program Director contact:


Margaret McFarland


(301) 405-6790




Gérard Boulin

Program Assistant
(301) 405-9415 


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