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Undergraduate Certificate in Real Estate Management




Program Description

This certificate provides broad based knowledge of core areas within the real estate field. This certificate provides a good foundation for both aspiring and current real estate professionals by broadening their skills and knowledge in important key areas in the field.

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Program Objectives

  • Develop a foundational knowledge of management, development, and financing of real estate.
  • Discuss the foundations of real property value and review the elements of the appraisal process – from the value definition to reconciliation and conclusion.

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According to Real Estate Roundtable, an education and research foundation, the real estate industry produces or supports approximately nine million jobs in the United States, and employment is estimated to grow by 7.1% annually through 2016, according to IBISWorld. 

The associate degree in real estate studies provides students with the business skills needed to pursue careers in this steadily growing industry. It also identifies and provides a foundation for any additional education and licensing which may be required to pursue these careers. This resource guide will provide you with resource information regarding license requirements and help you identify personal attributes needed to succeed in this field. In addition, it is an information tool to help you identify career and internship opportunities, federal employment information, and academic and professional organizations. 

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Useful Skills within the Real Estate Studies Field

Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.

- Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

- Using mathematics and statistics to solve problems.

Problem Solving
- Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.

Reading Comprehension
-Ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.

- Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

- Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

Writing and Authoring
- Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.

Managing Time
- Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.

Social Perceptiveness
- Being aware of the reactions of others and understanding why they react the way they do.

Reading Comprehension
- Ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.

- Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.

Must-Know Information

The Associate of Arts in Real Estate Studies will prepare students for a career in real estate; however, in order to practice real estate in your state, a license will be required. Most states require taking a pre-licensure course as well as passing an exam. For more information, check with your state’s Real Estate Commission, whose contact information may be found below:



New Hampshire
New Jersey

New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina

South Dakota
West Virginia


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the real estate field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry in our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or speak with a career coach. 

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. This career field in particular will likely require additional education or experience.

Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
Appraisers, Real Estate
Real Estate Brokers
Real Estate Sales Agents

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in real estate studies. The list below provides a few examples of federal agencies where degree holders might find employment.


Sample Agencies

Review Appraiser
Realty Specialist
Realty Officer
Loan Review Specialist

Department of State
Department of the Navy
Department of the Interior
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Department of Labor

While many of the major job search engines will have positions in several fields to choose from, the following search engine is specific to the real estate studies field: 

Real Estate Jobs


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations

Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in as a real estate studies major. 

National Association of Realtors
Women in Real Estate (WIRE)

Conferences and Expositions

National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo
Nov. 13-16, 2015
San Diego, Calif.

Get Connected: Social Media

National Association of REALTORS – Facebook, LinkedIn
Women in Real Estate – Facebook, LinkedIn

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Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
Real Estate Principles
3 hours

This course provides an introduction to real estate as a business and profession. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts and best practices for the real estate industry. Topics will include the real estate market, property rights, deeds and leases, contracts, the closing process, urban economics, brokerage, appraisal, land uses, and insurance.

Real Estate Practice
3 hours

This course provides an introduction to real estate from an operations viewpoint. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts and best practices on how to manage the basic functions within the real estate industry. Topics will include structure of leases, real estate development, negotiations, marketing, and other issues associated with the real estate practice

Real Estate Finance
3 hours

This course is an investigation of institutions, instruments, and structures by which investment in real estate is financed. It reviews capital markets, the sources and use of real estate funds, and the role of government in real estate finance. The course also covers technical skills involved in real estate finance, to include risk analysis, portfolio theory and management, REITs, and capital market trends.

Real Estate Appraisal
3 hours

This course examines property rights and their valuations. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts, and best practices on the factors affecting the value of property rights as they relate to general economic theory and the real estate process. Topics will include real estate appraisal methods, valuation of residential and income producing property, influences on market value, and trends in the appraisal industry.

Real Estate Property Management
3 hours

This course explores the role and major functions of the property manager. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts, and best practices for landlord policies, operational guidelines, leases and lease negotiations, tenant relations, habitability laws and the Fair Housing Act. Topics will include the impact of electronic technology on the industry and fair housing regulations.

Real Estate Law
3 hours

This course is a study of real estate law, with emphasis on those portions of real estate law that are essential to the processes and functions of the real estate purchase, administration, financing, land use regulation, financial instruments, leases, and property rights. The law of real estate has traditionally consisted of laborious manual searches to ensure good title. The internet provides real estate attorneys and legal assistants with new tools and procedures for conducting real estate transactions. This course will prepare the student for these concepts and will introduce the student to the new world of the Internet as related to real estate law.

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