In the MRED program, we believe strongly in learning by doing. Students take the knowledge gained in the classroom and put it to use in case studies and projects that analyze real-life situations, current market and finance conditions and the most recent trends. They access and contribute to the latest real-world research through the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center and put their knowledge to the test through competitions such as the Utah Real Estate Challenge.
MRED students are part of a dynamic learning environment with professors currently at the top of their careers in fields such as finance, land development, market analysis, economics, government, law, construction and other industries. After graduation, MRED professors often continue relationships with students as affiliates and market professionals.
MRED students have the opportunity to be paired with professional mentors, industry insiders at the top of their fields. Students meet with their mentors monthly to gain knowledge and insight into their experience, their business practices and their area of expertise. The information and networking that emerges from these relationships is unrivaled within the real estate industry.
MRED students, professors and alumni participate in a shared learning experience that can create a lifelong bond. These relationships naturally offer the opportunity to interact outside the classroom and to associate professionally after graduation. Many employment, investment, affiliate, association and venture opportunities are best shared through these relationships. In fact, 100 percent of our 2010 graduates accepted job offers within the real estate industry within three months of their graduation.
The Utah Real estate Challenge (UREC) is an optional program that offers students the opportunity to team with other students and industry professionals and enter a proposed real-life project that could be implemented on a real site for the chance to compete for a $20,000 grand prize. Team entries are judged by top industry professionals on creativity, feasibility, strength of potential and a number of other criteria. Teams develop industry contacts, build on past projects, raise their skill level, and give presentations to 100 of the top professionals in the field. This experience is the perfect way to find out what a candidate can do and even possibly implement a unique project with the help of industry professionals.