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Real Estate, M.S.R.E.

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The Master of Science degree in Real Estate (MSRE) is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to analyze, evaluate and execute complex real estate investment and development transactions. The curriculum draws from academic disciplines such as architecture, engineering, finance, and geography to emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of the real estate industry and the diverse skill set required for success. Students graduating from the program will have the skills necessary to qualify for positions such as development associates, underwriters, brokers, asset and property managers, acquisition specialists, and financial analysts.

MSRE courses are scheduled to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. The program is structured to allow full-time students to complete the curriculum within one calendar year. Full-time students may enroll in up to thirteen (13) credit hours each semester and are expected to complete a capstone course and international study tour in the summer following the first academic year in the program. Part-time students may enroll in four (4) to seven (7) credit hours each semester and are expected to complete the capstone course and international study tour in the summer following the completion of all other program requirements. All courses required to complete the curriculum are offered in the evening at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for graduate study in Real Estate:

  1. A general satisfactory undergraduate record from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  2. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  3. A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants from non-English speaking countries
  4. A full resume or a description of significant work experience


To be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver, candidates must fully satisfy the requirements of one of the following options:

Option A

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (graduate or undergraduate) from an accredited institution
  • Only candidates with significant quantitative coursework will be considered

Option B

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (graduate or undergraduate) from an accredited institution
  • Candidates must possess 5 years of professional in a relative field or military experience that demonstrates applied and analytical skills (significant leadership experience is a plus)

Degree Requirements

The MSRE degree requires the completion of a 32 graduate credit hours.  Necessary preparatory work will be determined during the admissions process and courses to meet the specific need will be available in the MSRE program’s prerequisite course requirements.  All students in the program must meet the Graduate School’s requirements for a Master’s Degree.

Prerequisite Courses (6 credit hours)

Prerequisite courses may be taken after admission to the MSRE program.  The courses must, however, be completed before enrolling in 6000-level courses except by permission of the MSRE Graduate Program Director. 


* MSRE 6101  is a one credit hour course that students must take twice for credit before graduation. Students enrolled in the course will be required to participate in real estate trade organization meetings, engage in leadership and negotiation training, attend guest lecturers covering emerging trends in real estate and ethical business practices, and complete professional development seminars.

** MSRE 6102  is a study abroad experience that requires students to travel to an international real estate market and examine local real estate development practices over the course of one week.

*** Students may also elect to take MSRE 6258  in lieu of MSRE 6238 . All other courses included in the functional component of the curriculum must be completed by MSRE students unless otherwise stated.

Degree Total = 32 Credit Hours


A limited number of assistantships are available each year. In order to be competitive, applications should be submitted by March 15. Additional information is available in the office of the Center for Real Estate and on the Graduate School website.


Advising is provided by the Graduate Program Director of the MSRE program.

Transfer Credit

Up to six hours of appropriate graduate credit may be accepted for transfer from another AACSB-accredited (or equivalent) graduate program. Only courses where grades of B or above have been earned will be considered. Approval of the Program Director and the Graduate School is also required. All other Graduate School policies regarding transfer credit apply.

Program Certifications/Accreditation

The MSRE Program and all degree and certificate programs offered by the Belk College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).

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