McDonough School of Business

Certificate in Global Real Estate

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Georgetown McDonough MBA students have the unique opportunity to earn a Certificate in Global Real Estate. This certificate’s development emerged from research that included a growing interest in real estate and feedback from students, alumni, and real estate professionals. It builds upon the numerous offerings from the school’s Steers Center for Global Real Estate, as well as the strength of the alumni network.

The certificate is open to both Full-time and Flex MBA students, including those currently enrolled. It will equip students with the experiences and skills necessary to compete in the commercial real estate job market and make an impact in the field. A collaboration between the Steers Center for Global Real Estate and the MBA program, the certificate merges the rigor and reputation of the Georgetown MBA with the experiential nature and individualized attention of the Steers Center. 

Questions about the certificate? Contact Matthew Cypher at, academic director of the certificate, for questions related to academic and course requirements.


Certificate Elective Requirements: 7.5 elective credits 

Students who elect to enroll in the certificate program will take a 7.5-credit sequence of MBA elective courses to develop a strong foundational understanding in theoretical and applied aspects of commercial real estate. Upon graduation from the MBA Program, students will receive a notation on their official university transcript along with a certificate of completion.

No registration priority is provided to courses

Real Estate Elective Requirements (1.5 credits)

Real Estate Elective Choice (4.5 credits)

Real Estate Intensive Electives

Elective Choice (1.5 credit)

Certificate requires 1.5 credits from the following courses:

*Off-list courses including non-MBA courses with appropriate approval from certificate academic director
*Electives cannot be double counted toward more than one MBA certificate
*This list of MBA electives serves as a guide. It is subject to change and does not represent a guarantee that specific courses will be offered in specific academic years.

Suggested Timeline of Courses

Full Time Students

Full Time MBA Global Real Estate certificate completion method

Flex Students

Illustrative Flex 28 Month Execution
The 28-month Flex student is viewed as the most restrictive case for attaining the certificate thus the specific reference to this category.

Flex MBA Global Real Estate certificate completion method

Past Speakers


Kenneth Bacon

Adjunct Professor

Matthew Cypher

Atara Kaufman Professor of the Practice, Director of the Steers Center for Global Real Estate, and Academic Director, M.S. in Global Real Assets

Jeffrey Foster

Adjunct Faculty

Jeremiah Healey

ESG Fellow