Student Services



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/studio environment.


These documents address many of the frequently asked questions posed by students. 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 in future iterations of this document. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.


For advising, students in the Real Estate Development program should contact the program director: Margaret McFarland
(240) 472-8304

Student Guide 2012-2013
Student Handbook 2015-2016

Career Services

Welcome to the MAPP Career Services page. We offer services to both employers and students.


For employers, we offer the following services:

  • A forum to post job opportunities for MAPP students or alumni
  • On campus Interviews
  • MAPP annual career fair


For more information see the section below for employers or contact Kristen Tepper


If you are a student, we offer the following services:

  • Professional Career development services, including workshops and resume assistance
  • Career opportunities
  • Upcoming career events


For more information on these services, see the appropriate section below.

Financial Aid

Trade Association Scholarships

There are a multitude of scholarship opportunities for students, although often for those already enrolled in a graduate program.   It does pay to check their web sites for scholarship application deadlines and criteria, however, frequently.  Some associations send out announcements to the Program, and those announcements are sent out to all enrolled students when received.  You  can  check the International Council of Shopping Centers, Commercial Real Estate Women, Association of African American Real Estate Professionals, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Home Builders, or many other associations that focus on construction, property management, investment trusts, senior housing, affordable housing and so on.  Many of the web sites are listed at the Colvin Institute’s web site.

MRED Scholarships

The Program has limited funds for partial scholarships for some incoming students.  Typically these scholarships cover 10 – 30% of the MRED tuition and are paid directly to a student’s account upon completion of a course with a B or better grade.

Federal Financial Aid

Students who are enrolled in the Master’s or Certificate program in real estate development qualify for financial aid through the University’s financial aid offices.  This financial aid is nearly invariably in the form of loans.

Colvin Institute Part Time Work

The Colvin Institute employees (on an hourly basis), several students each term who assist with classroom set up,  event planning and production, graphics for marketing materials,  the program and Colvin web sites, the monthly newsletter, and other administrative duties.  More exciting part of this work, is representing the Institute at various local and national real estate trade shows and conferences.  Applicants must commit to a minimum of 2 years and preferably put in 15–20 hours a week.