Enhance Your Real Estate Career with USD

Real Estate Certificate ProgramThe Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate has collaborated with Professional and Continuing Education to develop this program especially for real estate, finance and development industry professionals who want to expand their practical knowledge base and learn today's most cutting-edge real estate best practices. Learn essential skills for financing, developing, managing, marketing, and selling commercial real estate projects, and explore the legal, entitlement, and environmental aspects as well as other important elements of development and project management. Students will gain the educational knowledge to compete in today's changing real estate market.

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Certificate Benefits


Learner Outcomes

  • Develop competitive skills to identify sources of capital and other financing vehicles
  • Learn the intricacies of real estate investment and analysis
  • Examine the legal aspects of real estate as well as development and project management
  • Identify real estate development strategies that are necessary to compete in today's changing market
  • Examine the mandated, complex and time-consuming processes involved in every land use decision, including clarification of the entitlement, environmental impact and permitting procedures

Who Should Attend

Professionals who wish to lay a foundation for a real estate career, students seeking knowledge in a real estate disciplines or specialization, and individuals interested in pursuing further real estate professional study to complement their real estate industry experience.

Course Format

All Courses are delivered in the Classroom format.


Experienced practitioners from the real estate industry provide a stimulating and engaging learning environment. The instructors in this certificate program are highly-regarded practitioners from various facets of the real estate industry; and renowned practitioners and industry leaders from the property management, commercial development, finance, legal, urban development, environmental, and tax disciplines.


Enroll in individual courses of your choice and start with any course. Courses begin monthly and are held at the University of San Diego. Classes are held on a weekly basis each month for four consecutive weeks from 6:00 to 9:10 PM.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a Certificate in Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development. The certificate can be completed in as little as eight months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 6 core courses + Seminar with optional Downtown San Diego walking tour - the Real Estate Process 
  • Complete 2 elective courses
  • Final GPA of 2.5 (out of 4) or higher
  • Attend 70% of scheduled classes 

Schedule & Fees

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Course # Courses (8 units) Duration FA15 SP16 SU16 *Fee
REP-X809 Urban Development Strategies (1 unit) 4 weeks C: Oct 6 - Oct 27 - - $450
REP-X810 Managing the Entitlement Process (1 unit) 4 weeks - - C: Aug 2 - Aug 23 $450
REP-X811 Real Estate Process Seminar (Plus Optional Walking Tour) 4 weeks


C:Jan 13 + Optional

Walking Tour 1/20


REP-X813 Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis (1 unit) 4 weeks C: Feb 2 - Feb 23 - - $450
REP-X816 Real Estate Finance (1 unit) 4 weeks - C: Jan 5 - Jan 26 - $450
REP-X817 Legal Aspects of Real Estate (1 unit) 4 weeks - - Jun 7 - Jun 28 $450
Course # Elective Courses (2 units) Duration FA15 SP16 SU16 *Fee
REP-X814 Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 102 (1 unit) 4 weeks - C: Mar 1 - Mar 22 - $450
REP-X818 Property Management (1 unit) 4 weeks - C: Apr 5 - Apr 26 - $450
REP-X828 Real Estate Asset Management (1 unit) 4 weeks C: Sep 8 - Sep 29 - - $450
REP-X812 CEQA and Other Environmental Regulations (1 unit) 4 weeks C: Nov 3 - Dec 1 - - $450
  One Time Certificate Fee         $100
  Total Certificate Cost (8 courses)         $3,132
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced


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