MIT Professional Education and the MIT Center for Real Estate Unite to Announce New Certificate Program in Real Estate Finance and Development

February 23, 2015
Enrollment now open for five course program taught by MIT faculty on Cambridge campus
Cambridge, Mass. – February 23, 2015 – For the first time, MIT Professional Education, in collaboration with the MIT Center for Real Estate, will offer a Professional Certificate in real estate.
The Professional Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Development program will be offered June 8-19, 2015, and is comprised of five courses taught by world-renowned MIT ­faculty in Cambridge, MA. It is open to professionals from around the world and provides an unparalleled opportunity to obtain insights and skills in real estate development and investment strategies, and other key factors driving current real estate markets. Participants will have the opportunity to network with and learn from other leading real estate professionals, and gain the MIT experience in a condensed timeframe.
“MIT Professional Education created the Professional Certificate in Real Estate program in response to global developments that underscore the need to understand real estate markets and underwriting real estate risk in order to truly understand financial markets,” said Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education. “Our new certificate program provides professionals from an array of industries and backgrounds with a clear understanding of the real estate development process.”
Course enrollment is now open through May 1, 2015, to qualifying professionals from the U.S. and abroad through the MIT Professional Education website.
Courses can be taken individually or over two weeks in the summer program. However, to qualify for the certificate, participants must complete all five required courses in a two-year period. Professionals enrolling in the entire certificate program in a single year will receive a 15 percent discount. The five required courses include: Real Estate Finance: Fundamentals; Evaluating Real Estate Markets; Real Estate Finance: Advanced; Commercial Real Estate Development and Global Real Estate Markets. Course descriptions and fees are available on the MIT Professional Education website at
“The collaboration between the MIT Center for Real Estate and MIT Professional Education creates an exciting opportunity,” said Professor Albert Saiz, director of MIT Center for Real Estate. “We expect our real estate professional classes to provide real value to a global audience of executives; top-notch and knowledge-thirsty upward professionals; and to provide training opportunities for large organizations seeking to educate and inspire their most-talented human assets.”
For 65 years, MIT Professional Education has been providing professionals engaged in engineering, science and technology management worldwide a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge and expertise through advanced education programs designed specifically for working professionals. Short Programs offer professionals more than 40 industry-focused two to five-day sessions, and takes place primarily in the summer. Participants learn from leading MIT faculty and gain crucial knowledge to help fuel their careers or enhance their companies in a collaborative academic setting. In addition, MIT Professional Education also offers professionals the capability to take Short Programs courses abroad through the international programs, regular MIT academic courses offered through the Advanced Study Program, online courses, or customize an educational experience for a group of employees at a company site. Students are drawn from across the U.S. and around the world, and close to 50 percent are international. Upon successful completion of one of these programs, participants receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, continuing education units and access to MIT Professional Education’s expansive, private, professional alumni network. For more information visit:
About MIT Center for Real Estate
MIT founded the MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE) in 1983 to improve the quality of the built environment and to promote more informed professional practice in the global real estate industry. Educating the men and women whose innovations will serve the industry worldwide, we are home to the first-ever one year Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) degree. CRE’s pioneering research investigates the real estate transaction from initial concept to market reality, providing innovation and knowledge that helps organizations capitalize on today's dynamic markets and technologies. Uniting industry leaders with MIT's distinguished researchers and students, our selective industry partnership program advances the science and technology of international real estate, and bridges the gap between theory and practice. For more information visit:
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