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Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development

The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development is part of the Rackham Graduate School, which is the overall administrative unit for graduate programs.

Important Dates:

- Current UM students: March 1 recommended for fall term, but applications will be considered through June 30; December 1 for winter term. Note that admissions decisions will not be made until final grades from at least one term of study at UM are recorded.

- Non-UM applicants: January 15 for fall term. Applications may be accepted for winter term depending on availability of space; please contact the program at realestate@umich.edu to determine whether the program is accepting applications. If admissions are open, the due date for applications is December 1 for winter term admission.

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Admissions Eligibility

  • Current UM Rackham graduate student (for instance, MUP, MPP, MS SNRE, Ph.D.)
  • Current UM non-Rackham graduate student (for instance, M.Arch., MUD, MBA, JD)
  • The program also considers applications from individuals who are not current UM graduate students. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree and work experience that have led to the need for more background in real estate development.

Application Materials

Students currently in any UM Rackham program must submit via email to taubmancollegestudentservices@umich.edu:

Students currently in any non-Rackham UM graduate program must submit via the Rackham online application:

  • Rackham online application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts (submit to the Rackham graduate school)
  • Two letters of recommendation (If you prefer to use your recommendation letters used for your application to your current program. Please have the graduate coordinator send them via email to: Katy Rapson rapsonka@umich.edu)
  • GRE score (required) or GMAT, or LSAT
  • TOEFL (required)
  • Real Estate Essay Questions (PDF) – submit via the online application

Applicants who are not current UM graduate students must submit via the Rackham online application:

  • Rackham online application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official Transcripts (submit to the Rackham graduate school)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE Scores (required) or, GMAT, or LSAT
  • TOEFL (required)
  • Real Estate Essay Questions (PDF) – submit via the online application


Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process:

  1. Applicants will scan and upload an official transcript/academic record that displays the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records into the online application.
  2. Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript/academic record by mail or as an e-transcript to Rackham before the graduate program application deadline. The official transcript/academic record must be received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. For more information please see Transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required and should testify mainly to your academic and professional capacity and promise. Letters should be substantive statements from academics and professionals familiar with your abilities and accomplishments. Letters must be submitted via the Rackham online application. You will be prompted to register recommenders using the online application, enabling recommenders to submit letters of recommendation electronically. If you are having recommendations sent from your university's career center, no cover sheet from UM is required.

Test Scores

  • If you are not currently at UM and not applying to a graduate degree program at UM, official scores should be sent to the University of Michigan.
    Institution Code: 1839
    Dept Code: 4402
  • If you are a current UM graduate student or you are applying to a UM graduate program now, please have GRE, LSAT or GMAT scores sent from your home program.
  • Students who graduated from an undergraduate institution in which instruction was not in English are required to submit TOEFL scores (information below).

TOEFL Examination (International Applicants Only)

Evidence of adequate spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) scores. Have the official score report sent to the University of Michigan (institution code: 1839, department code: 97) 4–6 weeks prior to the application deadline. Scores are valid for two years. The minimum requirements are: 100 IBT, 250 computer based, or 600 paper based. You must meet the minimum score to be considered for admission. For more information please see Required Tests for Non-native English Speakers.

All required materials are due by the deadlines of the respective programs.  We will take late English Proficiency Exam score submissions into consideration if they are received before your application has been reviewed.  As this is impossible to pinpoint when exactly your application will be reviewed it would behoove you to have them submitted by the deadline.  Taubman College does not admit students that have not met its minimum score requirements. If you are close to the minimum scores outlined above we encourage to retake the exam to meet the minimum requirement  As students who have submitted all required materials by the deadline above (including English proficiency exams) are given first consideration for admission, it may make you a less competitive applicant to not have your scores sent in by the deadline.


For more information about the certificate, please consult the degree and certificates page.

Direct inquiries about the application process or requirements to:

Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development Admissions
2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Room 2150, Art & Architecture Bldg.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: realestate@umich.edu
Phone: 734-764-1649

Direct inquiries about the Rackham Graduate School to:

Rackham Graduate School Admissions
The University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: help@applyweb.com

Direct inquiries about how your background and goals would fit this program to:

Associate Professor Lan Deng
Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development
Email: landeng@umich.edu
Phone: 734-936-0951