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CCIM Institute, Commercial Real Estate's Global Standard for Professional Advancement. Appraisal Institute, Professionals Providing Real Estate Solutions.
Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Master's

The MSRE is a specialized degree tailored to enhance a student's knowledge of the industry with a complete curriculum of real estate courses (10 real estate courses with three core classes and seven electives) versus the MBA program with the majority of general business classes and only 3-4 real estate electives.  The curriculum provides the academic and practical knowledge necessary to achieve success in wide range of real estate fields: commercial development, property management, finance, market analysis, project management, consulting, brokerage, and others.

This specialized MSRE program is centered around both the Chicago School of Real Estate and the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate with a twin focus: academic excellence with multiple endowed chairs and industry-experienced faculty, and professional excellence with a 50-member advisory board of real estate industry leaders.  

The MSRE program is recognized by the CCIM Institute and the Appraisal Institute as a University Partner. Completion of the MSRE degree fulfills requirements towards attaining the respective designations.

Collete English Dixon
,  Program Director

What Differentiates Us



Access to industry leaders in the classroom and on the Advisory Board; Active industry association engagement; Mentoring and Internship assistance; Professional Development classes



Mentoring program engagement, interface with the advisory board, trade association memberships, networking events



Classes are scheduled in the evenings to facilitate work and life calendars; Semester course timing allows for time to fully engage in learning; Students can attend as on a part-time or full-time basis

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For more detailed information about the program schedules, please complete the information request form on this webpage or email

Expectations & Requirements


Students enter the program ready to learn, and leave prepared to succeed in the real estate industry. Many classes are project-focused courses that require students to analyze, conceptualize and develop solutions to real-world, built-environment issues. Additionally, students have access to numerous professional development courses and programs that hone workplace skills to support further success.

Sample Courses

  • Real Estate Process
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Marketing and Management
  • Design and Feasibility
  • Real Estate Valuation


Attractive industry salaries
Chicago real estate companies are hiring RU students
Job opportunities

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MSRE Prior Learning Assessment Program

The Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program gives real estate professionals the opportunity to receive a maximum of 12 graduate semester hours for a current professional certification provided by one of the following organizations: 

  • MAI - Appraisal Institute
  • CAE - International Association of Assessing Officers
  • CCIM - CCIM Institute/National Association of REALTORs
  • ASA - American Society of Appraisers - Real Property Designee
  • AACI - Appraisal Institute of Canada
  • FRICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Real Property Valuation Specialist
  • CNAREA - Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers

Apply for the MSRE Prior Learning Assessment

Students must apply for this credit at admission and prior to enrollment in MSRE classes. Certifications must be current in order to be considered for review. If credit is approved, it will be awarded on a transcript upon the payment of the required fee of $100 per credit hour, the completion of at least 6 semester hours of MSRE graduate courses with a GPA of at least 3.0, and proof of enrollment in a second semester of courses.

Admission Info

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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.