Learn from Industry Experts & Expand Your Investing, Development & Finance Acumen

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Our real estate certificate program in partnership with the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate for those who want to expand and gain essential skills in financing, developing, managing, 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.

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate provides course offerings to real estate professionals at all levels of career development through various academic and extracurricular programs. Our world-class faculty coupled with our extensive network of industry contacts provide students with a one-of-a-kind, personalized educational experience that positions them for successful careers in real estate. Learn more about the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate or visit Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate's Information Kit, here.

Who Should Attend

The Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development certificate is intended for real estate business professionals who wish to build a foundation for a career in the commercial real estate industry. Our stand-alone courses are great for professionals seeking proficiency in a specialized area.

Remote Learning

This certificate is offered online. The exception being one course, REP-X840 Real Estate Projects in Action, which consists of four distinct project site visits.

Schedule and Fees

Interested in starting the certificate program? Contact us at pce-bus@sandiego.edu to request a customized certificate plan.

Required Core Courses

Schedule and Enrollment Links

SU 2022

FA 2022

SP 2023


REP-X810 Managing the Entitlement Process 

- - -


REP-X813 Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 101

- - Feb 21


REP-X815 Real Estate Market Analysis

- - May 11


REP-X816 Real Estate Finance

- Sep 20 -


REP-X817 Legal Aspects of Real Estate

- - Jan 19


REP-X835 Real Estate Development Process

- TBD -


Required Seminar
Schedule and Enrollment Link
SU 2022 FA 2022 SP 2023 Fee*
REP-X806 CEQA Seminar  - Sep 7 -


Required Elective (Choose 2)
Course Schedule and Enrollment Links
SU 2022 FA 2022 SP 2023

REP-X814 Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 102

- - Mar 21


REP-X818 Property Management 

- - Apr 14


REP-X828 Asset Management

- Oct 13 -


REP-X838 Commercial Real Estate Valuation 

Aug 25 - -


REP-X842 Small Scale Development

- Nov 17 -


Lecture Series (Not a Certificate Requirement)
Schedule and Enrollment Link
SU 2022 FA 2022 SP 2023 Fee

REP-X840 Real Estate Projects in Action 

- Sep 6 - $450
One Time Certificate Fee       $45
Total Certificate Cost (8 courses, plus 1 seminar)       $3,795
All courses offered in our Online Fixed-Date with Remote/Zoom modality, except REP-X840 which is taught live   *Schedule and Fees are subject to change.

Benefits of the Real Estate Certificate Program

Whether you are an established entrepreneur or work for a well-known company, the real estate industry is a robust field that offers excellent career opportunities in a variety of sectors. Some of the benefits you can expect from earning your professional real estate certificate from the University of San Diego include:

  • Enhance your skills, proficiency, knowledge and marketability as a real estate professional.
  • Learn about the key segments of real estate to give you an edge in the market.
  • Grow your network and diversify your connections with others in the real estate field.

Real Estate Certificate 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

Real Estate Certificate Requirements

To earn a professional certificate in Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development, complete the following requirements:

  • Complete 6 required courses
  • Complete CEQA seminar
  • Complete 2 elective courses
  • Complete all coursework with a final grade of 'C' or better
  • Attend 70% of all scheduled sessions - 3 of 4 sessions are required
  • Certificate Fee $45

Learn more about the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education Certificate Benefits and Policies.

Job Market & Career Outlook

There are many different types of companies in real estate. The key is to match your skill set with the opportunity — some people will thrive at a brokerage while others are better suited working as analysts for a larger real estate firm. Obtaining your real estate certificate will help diversify your skill set and make you a competitive job candidate in any real estate setting.

The USD Real Estate Courses and Certificate program is intended to supplement your real-life experience in the field with additional technical training in subjects such as financing, underwriting, asset management, real estate law and more. With a deeper knowledge of varying aspects of real estate, you can apply these new skills to succeed in any real estate career field.

Experienced Instructors

Stath Karras: Stath Karras is the executive director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) at the University of San Diego School of Business. Karras has decades of experience in many real estate industry roles, including serving as the executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was involved in executive management, business development, receiverships and operations throughout the Southern California region. Karras was also president and chief executive officer at Burnham Real Estate Services. Outside of work, he served as chairman for the San Diego Regional EDC, chairman of CONNECT and co-chair of LEAD San Diego, and currently serves on the board of HG Fenton and as an advisor to multiple companies.

David Malmuth: David Malmuth is the President of David Malmuth Development, LLC, that aims to create art-inspired places that transform communities. Prior to starting his own firm, Malmuth was the Founder and a Managing Director for eight years with RCLCO’s Development Services Group, and also served as Senior Vice President at TrizecHahn Development Corporation. During his six-year tenure there, he was the Project Executive on the $615 million Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex. Malmuth earned his Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Scott Peterson: Scott Peterson is the Executive Vice President of CBRE Capital Markets, where he has successfully originated, underwritten and closed commercial mortgage debt and equity for all property types across the country. His areas of expertise include payment debt financing, joint venture equity, bridge loans, mezzanine debt and structured financing. Outside of work, Peterson is involved with NAIOP, Mortgage Bankers Association, Century Club of San Diego and other professional organizations in California and the U.S.

Gary London: Gary London is widely regarded as one of the foremost real estate advisors to many of the nation’s largest developers, investors, lenders and real estate asset managers and owners. London is a Partner of London Moeder Advisors, and has also held positions at Price Waterhouse and the Goodkin Group. London’s teaching experience goes beyond USD: He was a professor at Arizona State University and taught at the University of California, San Diego Extension. His breadth of real estate knowledge has been showcased when he served as a commentator on the CBS Evening News and in his testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs.


The University of San Diego's Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 


I am unsure if I want to pursue a certificate, can I make a decision after a few courses?

Yes, all courses can be taken as stand-alone professional development courses. Once you are ready to declare yourself as a certificate track student, make sure to add the certificate fee to your cart.

Do courses need to be taken in sequence?

No, courses can be taken in any sequence.

How long are courses and where do they meet?

Courses are typically four weeks long and students meet once a week via Zoom.

Are textbooks are required?

No, textbooks will not be required. All course materials will be shared via Blackboard.

Who can I contact to enroll?

You can simply add the course to cart and handle the entire enrollment process online. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Enrollment and Student Services at (619) 432-3790.

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