Course Description

Gain Skills Necessary to Analyze Financials

The objective of this course is to acquire an understanding of finance and investment fundamentals in the real estate world. This class will examine the basics of financial analysis that informs the real estate investor in decision-making and the lender for underwriting.

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our world in unprecedented ways. As the situation evolves, the University of San Diego remains focused on addressing two imperatives: ensuring that we take prudent precautions to protect our community and communities beyond our campus, and continuing to deliver a values-based, liberal arts education that prepares our students to address society’s most urgent challenges. USD has created a dedicated COVID-19 website to serve as the first stop for the USD community for information. Visit the University’s COVID-19 website (sandiego.edu/coronavirus) for the most current information for the USD community.
Remote Through December 2020  - After careful consideration, the university has made the decision to extend remote teaching to through the Fall 2020 term. All  in class scheduled sessions will be conducted remotely. The safety of our community is our top priority and we believe that extending remote teaching to support social distancing efforts is the best decision at this time.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand basic finance (time value of money)
  • Perform financial returns, ratios and benchmarks reports for feasibility
  • Develop, execute, and perform Proforma analysis
  • Run cash flow projections for income properties
  • Understand joint ventures and syndications

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to real estate professionals who wish to lay a foundation for advancement in their career, those seeking knowledge in real estate disciplines or specialization, and individuals interested in pursuing further real estate professional study to complement their real estate industry experience.

Course Materials: All course materials will be shared via Blackboard.


Due to the nature of this course, students will be required to complete the following FREE online training modules before the course start date. This is online resource can be accessed by visiting https://trumpexcel.com/learn-excel/ or by clicking on the individual links below:

  1. Module 1 - Excel Basics  
  2. Module 2 - Excel Essentials (Lessons 7 & 8) 
  3. Module 3 - Excel Formulas


Microsoft Excel Proficiency (Intermediate - Advanced)


"This is one of the most important courses I have taken so far. To learn how to analyze real cases and determine whether I or my company would have invested in them is extremely valuable. This is exactly what I was looking for when I enrolled in the program!" - Jeff Freeman

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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