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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 for maximum consideration for fall term, but applications may be considered through June 30 if space remains. 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 maximum consideration for fall term, but applications may be accepted through June 30 if space remains.
    Applications from non-UM applicants may also be accepted for winter term depending on availability.  Please contact realestate@umich.edu to determine if winter term applications are being accepted. 

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Admissions Eligibility

  • Current UM Rackham graduate student (for instance, MURP, 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 have work experience that has led to the need for more background in real estate development.

Application Materials

Students currently in any UM Rackham program must:

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: Michael Smith mickys@umich.edu)
  • GRE score (required) or GMAT, or LSAT
  • 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 for international students)
  • Real Estate Essay Questions (PDF) – submit via the online application

Transcripts

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.

English Proficiency / TOEFL / IELTS

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency, unless they meet one of the criteria for an exemption listed below. Please contact one of the testing agencies shown in the following chart and have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan at least 6-8 weeks prior to the application deadline. The scores must be received from the testing agency no later than the application deadline. Language test scores are valid two years from the test date.  Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.

 

Description of Test Assessment Provider Speaking Test Minimum Overall Score Submission of Test Scores
IBT TOEFL Educational Testing Service Yes 100 TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839
Paper/Pencil TOEFL & TWE Educational Testing Service No 600 TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839
IELTS Cambridge, United Kingdom Academic version 7.0 Scores must be sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School from the testing agency. Mailing address: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

Taubman College does not admit students who have not met minimum score requirements. If you are close to the minimum scores outlined above we encourage you to retake the exam to meet the minimum requirement. Students who have submitted all required materials (including English proficiency exams) by the application deadline are given first consideration for admission. It may make you a less competitive applicant to not have your scores sent in by the deadline.

Rackham English Proficiency Exemptions

You qualify for an exemption from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria are met:

  • You are a native speaker of English.
  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English only.
  • You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English only.
    • If you completed a Master’s degree that was strictly research and no academic classes, that degree does not meet the exemption. This type of Master’s degree is generally awarded at a non-U.S. institution.
  • You are a current U-M student.

Please refer to the related Rackham webpage for additional information.

Summer Institute for International Students (SIIS)

Admitted students that were required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS examination and achieved a minimum score, may participate in a one month intensive cultural and language immersion program called the Summer Institute for International Students (SIIS) that begins in early August.  Native English speakers from outside the US are also welcome to attend the program, but not required. Tuition will not be charged to the student to attend this program, however, there will be a $500 fee.  The primary focus of the program is to provide extensive opportunities for students to become accustomed to a U.S. university environment with the goal of easing their transition into a full time academic curriculum in English. Students can expect to gain an understanding of instructor expectations and student responsibilities. The SIIS program allows students to become acquainted with each other, Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan before regular classes begin. The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a two credit hour architecture specific English course in the fall that students should plan to take, in addition to their regular coursework, to continue the work started in the SIIS program. Students should plan to arrive on campus in August and check in before the program begins. Details will be emailed to students once they have accepted their admission offer.

Pay $500 SIIS Program Fee.

Questions/Contact

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: 734-647-2187

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