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Graduate Degrees in Real Estate and Global Real Assets

Would you like to advance your real estate career through specialized learning designed for the new market environment in real estate? Through the acclaimed Steers Center for Global Real Estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, you will find opportunities for a world-class education, hands-on experience, and dedicated career support as you begin or enhance your professional growth focused on real estate and infrastructure.

Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business offers two paths for those interested in the benefits of a real estate graduate education. The MBA program offers you the opportunity to specialize your learning with a Certificate in Global Real Estate or you can choose to pursue a focused graduate degree that integrates real assets, global capital flows, and sustainability concepts through the M.S. in Global Real Assets (MS-GRA) program. With varying program structures, unique experiential learning opportunities, and a robust alumni network, Georgetown McDonough’s real estate curriculum helps prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities in real estate.

The Value of a Graduate Degree in Real Estate and Global Real Assets

If you’re passionate about real estate or global real assets and want to make an impact in these fields, a graduate degree can be a strategic move to advance your career. A graduate program not only equips you with a solid foundation in real estate principles but also provides insights into the world of infrastructure, energy sources, and the built environment.

As one of the only opportunities to study real estate or real assets within a top business school, a degree from Georgetown McDonough will prepare you with the business fundamentals necessary to succeed in your career. 

With a graduate degree in this field, you can explore a diverse range of career opportunities in commercial real estate, residential development, property management, investment banking, or real estate finance. You also have the opportunity to explore roles in infrastructure development, energy investment, and management of global real assets.

Career Paths Include

Commercial Real Estate
Real Estate Finance
Energy Investment

Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a deep understanding of real estate markets, finance, investment analysis, property valuation, urban planning, and the dynamics of global real assets. These skills will empower you to make informed decisions, analyze market trends, and solve complex problems in the field.

Pursuing a graduate degree in real estate and global real assets also offers you the chance to network with industry professionals, professors, alumni, and fellow students. This network can provide valuable connections, mentorship opportunities, and access to industry events and resources.

If you’re ready to elevate your career in the dynamic world of real estate and global real assets, a graduate degree can be the catalyst to accelerate your market potential.

Selecting the Right Graduate Program in Real Estate and Global Real Assets

When considering graduate education in real estate or global real assets, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate your options. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting a program:

  • Reputation and Accreditation: Opt for programs that are reputable and accredited by recognized organizations. This will ensure that the program meets high standards of quality and is recognized by employers in the industry. Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business’ degree programs are all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and consistently rank as top programs in business in outlets such as U.S. News and World Report, Financial Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others.
  • Curriculum: Review the curriculum of each program to ensure courses align with your interests and career goals. Consider the depth and breadth of the curriculum, as well as the flexibility to customize your studies. The MBA Certificate in Global Real Estate coursework complements the rigorous holistic MBA curriculum by preparing MBA students to compete in the commercial real estate job market. The MS-GRA curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation in business concepts while focusing on real estate and infrastructure coursework that is infused with issues of sustainability.
  • Faculty and Expertise: Research the faculty members of each program and their expertise in the fields of real estate and global real assets. Choose programs that have experienced faculty members who are actively involved in research, consulting, and industry partnerships. Both the MBA Certificate in Global Real Estate and the MS-GRA program benefit from Georgetown McDonough’s Steers Center for Global Real Estate, which offers in-depth student experiences and taps into global network of industry professionals.
  • Networking Opportunities: Consider the networking opportunities offered by each program. Look for programs with strong connections with industry professionals, alumni networks, and internship or job placement programs. Both the MBA Certificate in Global Real Estate and the MS-GRA program engage with dedicated partners through the Steers Center for Global Real Estate to train, guide, and advise students along their journey to real estate career opportunities. Students also benefit from a dedicated career coach from the McDonough Career Center who can help identify meaningful career pathways and work with each student on their professional goals.
  • Location: Consider the location of the program and how it aligns with your career goals. Think about whether you prefer to study in a major real estate market or if you’re open to relocating for the duration of the program. Georgetown McDonough is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. which offers unrivaled access to the global real estate industry. Both the MBA program and the MS-GRA program require students to complete a global project with a client abroad, as well.

The field of real estate offers various types of graduate degrees, each with its unique advantages and opportunities. At Georgetown McDonough, we offer the following avenues for study:

  1. Master of Science in Global Real Assets: This degree focuses on commercial real estate, infrastructure, and business and finance, including finance, investment analysis, and asset management. This type of degree is offered at Georgetown McDonough through the MS-GRA program.
  2. MBA with a Real Estate Certificate: Earning a real estate certificate alongside an MBA program combines general business education with specialized real estate courses, providing a broader skill-set and a strong foundation in business principles. This specialized concentration is offered at Georgetown McDonough through the MBA Certificate in Global Real Estate.
masters in real estate students looking at building plans

MBA Certificate in Global Real Estate

  • Full-time or Part-time: Certificate is acquired while pursuing an MBA full-time or part-time with an online part-time option.
  • Program Format: In-person, blended, online depending on full-time or part-time status.
  • Program Duration*: 21 months – 60 months to completion
  • Minimum Work Experience: 2 years
two students in hard hats with the GRA Academic Director Matt Cypher also in a hard hat outside a building under construction

M.S. in Global Real Assets

  • Full-time or Part-time: Full-time
  • Program Format: In-person
  • Program Duration: 12 months to completion
  • Minimum Work Experience: 0 years

*Program duration indicative of the length of the entire MBA program dependent on whether you’re in a full-time or part-time program. The MBA Certificate in Global Real Estate is completed as a collection of specialized electives alongside the program’s complete core curriculum.

The Steers Center Difference

The Steers Center for Global Real Estate is distinguished by its ability to create highly educated, experienced, and well-rounded leaders poised to change the world — and give back to it.

Steers is focused on providing a robust academic experience, with courses taught by both leading academics and industry leaders. But not all learning happens in the classroom. Experiential opportunities will sharpen your leadership skills and provide tangible examples for your resume and future job interviews. And, the Steers Center puts Georgetown’s Jesuit values into practice through its focus on addressing important issues like sustainability and equity in the industry, as well as its student-centric approach. Through small class sizes, the Steers staff is able to provide individualized advising and the McDonough Career Center offers dedicated coaches to the school’s real estate and real assets programs.

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Finally, the Steers Center is supported by a robust network of Georgetown University alumni in the real estate field. These alumni, in addition to the more than 220,000 Hoyas around the world, will expand your connections and opportunities for life.

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