Real Estate (Professional Certificate)

Award: Professional Certificate
Major: Real Estate
Program Code: 1700

About This Program . . .

The Certificate in Real Estate offers students invaluable knowledge of the Real Estate Industry, knowledge that can be used both personally and professionally. With over 5 million people currently employed in the real estate industry, this certificate provides opportunities in many differing real estate careers. Students will be provided opportunities to learn all aspects of the industry to include: appraisal and assessment, property management, commercial and residential investment opportunities and management, real estate law, and real estate financing. Students will also learn the tools needed to analyze and evaluate both personal and professional potential real estate investment opportunities. This certificate is not intended to lead to real estate licensure.

For more information on what you can do with this major visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, communication fluency, quantitative fluency, and specialized knowledge/applied learning. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Produce industry appropriate written documentation with the ability to effectively orally communicate real estate information. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Construct, apply, and document appropriate financial methodologies to evaluate potential real estate investment opportunities. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Apply and analyze appropriate investment strategies to evaluate potential real estate investment opportunities. (Critical Thinking)

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU Professional Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Primarily 300-400 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” in the program of study will not be counted toward meeting the certificate’s requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements. 

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(9 semester hours)

REAL 350Real Estate Fundamentals3
REAL 410Real Estate Finance and Development3
REAL 415Real Estate Valuation and Investment3
Total Semester Credit Hours9
Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
REAL 350 Real Estate Fundamentals 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
REAL 410 Real Estate Finance and Development 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
REAL 415 Real Estate Valuation and Investment 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
 Total Semester Credit Hours9

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If your petition for graduation is denied, it will be your responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. Your “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.