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Master of Real Estate Development

Experienced Development Professional Sequence

Accelerate Your Path.

Clemson's Experienced Development Professional 12-month sequence is designed for those who seek a well-rounded interdisciplinary curriculum to learn skill-sets necessary to be successful in the development industry.

This 12-month sequence is specifically tailored for candidates with a minimum of 3 years, full-time direct experience in the private real estate development process, not just one component of development, e.g. not just construction management function only or basic property management. The intent is to have candidates who by their academic and professional credentials, document their appreciation of, and involvement with, the broad process of private development versus a narrow aspect. This documentation allows up to with 15 credits of pre-approved exemptions. With 3+ years of work experience, candidates for the 12-month Experienced Development Professional sequence seek to earn more in their current role or change careers. This is where your accelerated path begins.


The Clemson MRED Experienced Development curriculum consists of 14 Foundation Courses (38 credit hours), and 2 Elective Courses (6 credit hours), for a total of 41 course credit hours, plus 15 credit hours of exemptions. See all up-to-date course descriptions in the university's Graduate Catalog.

Master of Real Estate Development (41 semester hours)

  • Core Classes (38 hours):
    RED 8000 – Real Estate Development Process
    RED 8010 – Real Estate Market Analysis
    RED 8030 – Public Private Partnership Development
    RED 8040 – Practicum in Residential Development
    RED 8050 – Practicum in Commercial Development
    RED 8090 – Introduction to Real Estate Modeling*

    RED 8100 – Real Estate Seminar Roundtable
    RED 8120 – Real Estate Technology
    RED 8150 – Construction Operations in Real Estate Development
    ARCH 8200 – Building Design and Construction Principles*
    CRP 8020 – Place Making for the Built Environment
    LAW 8480 – Law for Real Estate Professionals
    MBA 8330 – Real Estate Investments
    MBA 8410 – Real Estate Finance

  • Electives (6 hours):
    Vary by semester.

  RED 8160 – Preservation Feasibility
  RED 8170 – Real Estate Mixed Use 
  RED 8180 – Entitlements and the Pre-Development Process
  RED 8890 – Selected Topics: Advanced Financial Modeling

  • Exemptions (Up to 15 credit hours):
    Vary by student. 

  RED 8020 – Real Estate Development Field Tour Seminar
  RED 8090 – Introduction to Real Estate Modeling*
  RED 8110 – Summer Internship in Real Estate Development
  RED 8130 – Real Estate Development Strategic Planning
  RED 8170 – Real Estate Mixed Use
  ARCH 8200 – Building Design and Construction Principles*

Criteria & Portfolio for Experienced Development Professionals

Specifically, we are looking for students who understand basic accounting and finance as well as real estate principles (most easily documented by a salesperson’s license or by undergraduate class work at B or above.) We will require a personal interview, a detailed resume of experience, and a detailed statement as to why the candidate believes he or she meets these criteria for admittance and what their further professional goals are. A portfolio* of examples of work and projects will also be required. Furthermore, recommendations from developers and other related professionals in addition to at least one academic reference will be required. 

These requirements are not intended to be only for finance majors or experience; architects, construction managers, brokers, civil engineers, and others for example, will definitely be considered if they have been actively engaged in the private development process.

*Portfolio may include examples such as market analyses, feasibility studies, case studies, investment committee submittals, architectural portfolio, project administration reports, and other relevant documentation indicating your level of direct involvement.  

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