Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

Online Drop-In Office Hours

Have a quick 15 min. question? Our admission team is available for questions during online drop-in office hours. Click the link below to join our Zoom meeting room.

Online drop-in hours:

Monday: 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday: 2 – 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – Noon

Holiday hours: Drop-in office hours will be closed Jan. 18, Feb. 15, May 31, and July 5 and 23.

Drop-in to the Zoom Room

Application Components

We recommend submitting the MRED online admissions application at least 2 weeks prior to program deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible – even if official test scores and letters of recommendation have been requested but have not yet been received.  The online application will ask for personal information such as your address, social security number, date of birth and questions used to determine residency status. If you would like more information about determining your residency status, please contact the Office of Residency.

After submitting your application, you can verify if all application materials have been received by logging into the application portal. Your admissions application must be complete to be considered. In particular, submissions of your official standardized test scores and recommendations must be complete/ received prior to having the Admissions Committee review your application for an official admissions decision. Below are scheduled committee reviews that will take place for both fall and spring enrollment periods:

Fall 2021:
Dec. 14, 2020
March 11, 2021
May 13, 2021
July 29, 2021 (last day to apply for Fall 2021)

Spring 2021:
Sept. 16, 2020
Oct. 14, 2020
Dec. 4, 2020 (last day to apply for Spring 2021)

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The David Eccles School of Business seeks candidates who are professional and ethical. These behaviors are considered when making admission decisions. Candidates are expected to demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and disposition in their interactions with program staff, fellow students, and faculty.

MRED applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. An academic or employment background specifically in real estate or business is not required to apply for the MRED program.

International applicants holding a three-year degree do not qualify for the program. To be considered for the program, you must complete an additional year of college work from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent in your home country. You may contact to determine the number of credits required to satisfy our four-year degree requirement.

Applicants must have earned their bachelor degree with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Consideration will be made for applicants whose last 60 credit hours of their undergraduate coursework meets the 3.0 GPA requirement.

For international applicants who attended an institution that did not use a 4.0 GPA scale, transcripts will be evaluated by University of Utah international admissions officers. Your GPA will be converted to a 4.0-scale equivalent after you submit your application.

The GMAT/GRE is not required for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 admissions. Applicants who have taken the exams may submit their score as optional information. To confirm your official score is received, please make sure to use the correct school code: GRE: 4853 and GMAT:K0R-S3-36.

English Language Proficiency is required. International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and the ability to contribute to classroom discussion and interact with faculty and peers.

Applicants should note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Those who score below the minimums must re-take the exam before submitting an application. The University of Utah reserves the right to request additional proof of English proficiency from an applicant. Applicants may be required to complete a video interview.

The MRED program minimum score requirements are:

  • TOEFL (iBT or computer version only): 90
  • IELTS (IELTS Academic only): 6.5

Score Reporting

Official TOEFL/IELTS scores take 2-4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.

  • Our TOEFL code is 4853 for the University of Utah. If the test does not give you a number code option, then please select the University of Utah. Do not select the David Eccles School of Business. This will ensure we receive your official score report. Please note that paper-based scores are not accepted.
  • During or after the IELTS exam, you have the option to select the University of Utah to report your score electronically.

I-20 Documentation

I-20 Documents will be required if admitted to the program. Please be aware that you will be contacted by Admissions for I-20 documents and you must submit all documents via email in a timely manner to begin the program on time.

  • We accept recommendations from professors with whom you know well and supervisors from your place of work.
  • If you’re lacking in professional experience, we can accept recommendations from either a volunteer supervisor or an internship supervisor.
  • In the Recommendation Section of the online application, input the names and email addresses of your recommenders and click send. The recommendation template will be emailed to both of them.

MRED applicants will submit a video essay as opposed to a written statement of purpose. This is an opportunity for the Admissions Committee to get to know you by responding to the following prompts in a video format:

  • Tell us about your background and work experience as it relates to your desire to pursue this degree.
  • Why do you want to pursue a degree in real estate?
  • Why are you considering the David Eccles School of Business for this degree and what specifically about our MRED program appeals to you?

Videos should be a maximum of two minutes. There are two ways you can submit your video:

  • Send your video link or file to
  • Share your video link in your MRED online application by uploading a Word document in the Statement of Purpose section of the online application.

If a personal situation through the Americans with Disabilities Act precludes an applicant from submitting a video please contact us for alternate submission options.

The Additional Information section of the online application gives you the opportunity to address any perceived weaknesses in your academic transcripts or application. We strongly encourage students to utilize this if your GPA is below our admitted average, or if you have failed or repeated courses on your transcript. You are welcome to contact the admissions team before submitting your application if you have questions.

Make sure to update your resume. Include your employment history in reverse chronological order with titles, dates and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Include your education in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned.

  • In your online application, you will be asked to list all colleges or universities you’ve attended, and to provide unofficial transcripts for each.
  • Please ensure the following information is included on your unofficial transcripts: your full name, the name of the school, semesters, course numbers, course titles, grades, semester GPAs and cumulative GPA.
  • Official English translations must be provided if the transcripts are in another language.
  • An application fee of $55 (domestic students) or $65 (international students) is required to submit the application.
  • Applicants who apply during the rolling deadline will pay an additional $30.00. This charge will be applied after November 15th for spring submission and after April 1st for summer and fall submission.

Students succeed in the program by completing the following required prerequisite with a C or better prior to starting their first semester:

Financial Management (U of U FINAN 3040 or equivalent)
Real Estate Finance (U of U FINAN 560 or equivalent).

This prerequisite is in addition to the graduate course requirements and will not count toward program completion. Work experience cannot substitute for the prerequisite. Prerequisites are subject to change.

Two years of post-baccalaureate working experience in commercial real estate preferred.

Academically high-achieving students have the option to bypass the admissions committee and receive an admission decision sooner. Qualified Fast Track applicants also waive the following application requirements:

  • Letters of recommendation

In order to qualify for Fast Track, you must meet these requirements at the time of application:

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Must have already completed the prerequisite courses (see above) with a B or higher

Fast Track instructions:

  • In the online application and within the David Eccles School of Business Supplement section, type “Fast Track” in the question that asks what admissions path you qualify for.
  • In order to bypass the required Recommenders section, for the name values in recommendations one and two, put MREDFT. For the two email address fields, put and

Please note that letters of recommendation submitted with Fast Track applications may not be reviewed.

Please contact us with any questions.

Earn Your Way into the MRED by demonstrating you have what it takes to succeed. This admission path is designed for students whose undergraduate coursework may not reflect their ability to do well in a graduate program, or who are otherwise concerned about their admissibility.

To learn more and determine your eligibility, please schedule an admissions appointment or contact the admissions team at

  • Take your time filming a professional Video Essay. When filming, sit at a desk or table and look into the camera and have a natural conversation when speaking about your background and passion for real estate. Ask a friend or two to watch your video to confirm it makes sense and conveys what you want it to.
  • Ensure you have all of your unofficial transcripts ready for your application. Did you take concurrent enrollment courses in high school? We will need those transcripts as well.
  • If there is a circumstance that you would like the admissions team to be aware of while reviewing your application, consider answering the Optional Essay question asking about any perceived weaknesses in your application.
  • Have questions about any component of the application? Email
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