Graduate Certificate in Real Estate

The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (GCRE) is a 15 credit hour program that equips students with advanced skills in real estate development. Due to the robust real estate climate in the Mountain West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming), one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions, there is a significant need for developers.

It’s estimated that by 2040, the Mountain West will double in population to more than 30 million people with nearly 20 million jobs. Most of the existing built environment will be rebuilt. Several trillion dollars will be spent on development in the region over the next generation. Real estate professionals will play a leading role in the development and redevelopment of the region.

Main topics of the GCRE include:

  • Market research
  • Information tools for real estate research
  • Net present value analysis
  • Urban development methods and policies
  • The GCRE requires 15 credit hours.
  • All requirements must be completed within 3 years.
  • Current graduate students, as well as students not currently in a degree program (non-matriculated), are eligible for the GCRE program.
  • For current graduate students, certificate credits can cross-count towards your graduate program requirements.
  • For non-matriculated students, up to 9 GCRE credits can transfer into the MRED program, should you choose to pursue the full master’s degree.
  • Certificate students may start the program in fall, spring or summer semester.

Students completing the GCRE need to be registered for only FINAN or REDEV coded courses for them to count towards the GCRE.

Core Courses – 12 Credits

  • FINAN 6760 Real Estate Finance (3)
  • FINAN 6780 Real Estate Appraisal and Investments (3) (FINAN 6760 is a pre-requisite course to FINAN 6780)
  • REDEV 6260 Land Use Law (3)
  • REDEV 6460 Real Estate Market Analysis (3)

Electives – 3 Credits

  • REDEV 6010 Urban Research (3)
  • REDEV 6390 Sustainable Development (3)
  • REDEV 6410 Site Planning (3)
  • REDEV 6440 Urban Design Principles (3)
  • REDEV 6450 GIS in Planning (3)
  • REDEV 6960 Development Due Diligence (3)
  • Any REDEV or FINAN class approved by advisor
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (non-matriculated students) or a minimum 3.0 GPA in their current graduate program.
  • A GMAT/GRE score is not required for admission to the GCRE.

Step 1: Apply for non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) admission to the University of Utah.

Applicants who are not currently matriculated University of Utah students will need to submit the non-matriculated application for admission.


To be eligible for non-degree seeking admission, students must:

  • Have graduated from high school at least 3 years ago.
    • For GED-holders, a minimum 550 composite score with no individual score below 500 is required.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be in good standing with the last college or university attended and have a minimum 2.6 GPA. (Please note that while the university requires a 2.6 GPA, the certificate requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.)
  • Find more information about non-matriculated admission.

Step 2: Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate

Once you’re admitted as a non-degree seeking student, apply here for the GCRE.

Application Requirements

  • Upload an unofficial copy of transcripts from your undergraduate degree institution
  • Upload your current resume
  • Provide verification of University of Utah student status (student ID number)

Non-degree seeking students are required to apply for non-matriculation admission prior to applying to the certificate program. For students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, admission into the GCRE is contingent upon admission to the University as a non-matriculated student.

Application Requirements

  • Upload your current resume.
  • Provide verification of University of Utah student status (student ID number).
  • List current graduate program, start date and anticipated graduation date.

Apply here.

  • GCRE applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Certificate students may start the program in fall, spring or summer semester.
  • Note: the University of Utah non-matriculated application may close at any time.