Real Estate

The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate prepares students and professionals to embrace the full spectrum of real estate theory and practice.


    Blended on campus and online

    Credits Required


    Time Commitment

    1 year




    $160/semester for part-time students

    As the industry evolves, there is a critical need for professionals that understand the multidisciplinary role of real estate including the complex factors of finance and investment practices, environmental considerations, the impacts of real estate on individuals and communities, and more. The graduate certificate addresses these needs by providing coursework that leverages expertise in areas like project development and finance, design, urban and regional planning, and historic preservation.

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    Students who complete the certificate will understand multiple aspects of the real estate profession including design, finance, management, construction, regulatory affairs, environmental conditions, and social policy. Additionally, the certificate addresses the impact of real estate on individuals, households, and communities in terms of access to education, economic opportunity, and safe environments.

    Students can customize their studies with a variety of elective coursework that can be chosen to suit individual interests.

    The program is part of the Cummings School of Architecture, which offers additional graduate programs in Architecture, Preservation Practices, and Urban and Regional Planning. The School is also home to the Cummings Institute for Real Estate

    RWU Master of Architecture and M.S. Preservation Practices students can earn the Real Estate Graduate Certificate as part of their degree with no additional cost or coursework. 


    Required Courses (6 credits)

    ARCH 543 Project Development and Finance 
    ARCH 579 Special Topics in Real Estate

    Elective Options (9-11 credits)

    Choose three of the following:

    ARCH 517 Collaborative Revitalization Studio 
    ARCH 572 Urban Design Theory from the Industrial Revolution to Present
    PLAN 501 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 
    PLAN 511 Interdisciplinary Planning Workshop 
    PLAN 581 GIS for Planning, Design and Conservation 
    PRES 501 Fundamentals of Preservation Practice 
    PRES 572 Preservation Law and Regulation 
    PRES 573 Preservation Economics

    Additional interdisciplinary elective options will be added in spring 2023.

    The Office of Graduate Admission hosts Open Houses and Virtual Information Sessions throughout the year. 

    View our upcoming events for the most current opportunities to hear about the Real Estate Graduate Certificate.

    Spring Symposium

    RWU will hold an annual Spring Symposium to showcase and address the complexity and interconnected challenges facing the Real Estate field, such as sea level rise, devastating weather events, escalating costs of living and where people will live and work in America’s evolving economy. Details of the Spring 2023 Symposium will be announced soon.

    Application Requirements

    To be considered for admission to the Real Estate Graduate Certificate program, applicants must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. To apply, submit the following:

    1. Completed online application form accompanied by the $50 application fee (waived for internal applicants)
    2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
    3. Letter of Intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in the program, relevant past experiences, and career goals

    Where appropriate, documents should be submitted online through the applicant portal or via email to Any official documents that must be mailed (i.e. transcripts) should be sent directly to:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

    Have questions about the application process? Visit the How to Apply page from the Office of Graduate Admission.