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Mission & Philosophy

Clemson University’s 56 credit, full-time Master of Real Estate Development program (18-month Early Career or 12-month Experienced Development Professional options), located in the Southeastern United States, educates students to become professional leaders and innovators in the development of sustainable communities. The Clemson MRED program closely follows the principles of the Urban Land Institute, which believes that development is a public-private partnership and that quality development requires integrating the perspectives of community, environment and economics.

Clemson TillmanClemson’s MRED program uses an array of teaching formats including lectures, seminars, workshops and field work, computers, videos, case studies, tours and extensive class participation. Entering classes are kept to fewer than 20 students to maintain the personal scale of the program—you are not a number at Clemson! The curriculum is practitioner-oriented with real development issues and scenarios.

We want each student to become a visionary who serves as a craftsperson and designer of neighborhoods and community development, one who recognizes the role of the developer in guiding the different aspects of creating the built environment — political, economic, physical, environmental, legal and sociological parameters.

We want our students to become great place makers — not just builders of projects.