Master's Degree Requirements
The Abbey MRED+D degree requires students to complete a minimum of 33 units, including a capstone or comprehensive exam. The curriculum includes thirteen (13) required courses and the opportunity to take up to 8 units electives.*
|RDEV 200||Sustainable Building Systems + Construction||2|
|RDEV 205||Equitable + Inclusive Development||1|
|ARCH 209||Special Topics in Architectural Design||3|
Integrated Development, Architecture + Urbanism
|RDEV 210||Real Estate Economics + Market Analysis||3|
|RDEV 220||Real Estate Development Finance||3|
|RDEV 225||Applications in Real Estate Finance||2|
|RDEV 230||Public-Private Partnerships, Strategies, and Tools||2|
|RDEV 240||Professional Practice of Real Estate Development||3|
|RDEV 250||Land Development Law and Regulations||3|
|RDEV 270||Development + Design Studio||5|
|LD ARCH 277||Resilience and Urban Development||3|
|RDEV 280||Capstone Project||2|
|RDEV 290||Special Topics in Real Estate Development + Design||1|
Preparing for Practice
Students have the opportunity to customize their program by taking electives in areas of interest to them. Some common electives offered in recent years are indicated below. In addition, students may petition to take electives not included on this list. Note that some elective classes may not be offered each year.
|HOUSING + URBAN LAND USE|
|ARCH 209||Special Topics in Architectural Design||1-4|
Housing as Design Generator
|CY PLAN 230||U.S. Housing, Planning, and Policy||3|
|CY PLAN 235||Methods of Project Analysis||3|
|CY PLAN 298||1|
Housing Lab Group Studies
|CY PLAN C213||Transportation and Land Use Planning||3|
|CY PLAN 216||Active Transportation||3|
|CY PLAN C217||Transportation Policy and Planning||3|
|THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS|
|CY PLAN 290||Topics in City and Metropolitan Planning||1-3|
Business and Legal Issues in Real Estate Development
|CY PLAN 298||Group Studies||1-3|
Community Engagement for Planners and Developers
|LD ARCH 140||Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design||3|
|LD ARCH C242||Citizen Involvement in the City Planning Process||3|
|SUSTAINABILITY + BUILDING TECHNOLOGY|
|ARCH 240||Advanced Study of Energy and Environment||3|
|ARCH 242||Sustainability Colloquium||1,2|
|ARCH 264||Off-Site Fabrication: Opportunities and Evils||3|
|CY PLAN 254||Sustainable Communities||3|
|LD ARCH 253||Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Colloquium||1|
|RACE, GENDER, SOCIAL JUSTICE, + THEORY|
|CY PLAN 281||Planning Theory||3|
|CY PLAN 290B||3|
Critical Texts on Race and Gender: A Reading Seminar
|CY PLAN 290C||3|
Race and the City
Environmental Justice: Race, Class and the Environment
|LD ARCH 254||Topics in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning||1-5|
Racial Landscapes, Past, Present + Future
|URBAN DATA SCIENCE + VISUALIZATION|
|CY PLAN 255||Urban Informatics and Visualization||3|
|CY PLAN 257||Data Science for Human Mobility and Socio-technical Systems||4|
|LD ARCH 289||Applied Remote Sensing||3|
|HEALTH + DEVELOPMENT IN EMERGING MARKETS|
|CY PLAN C251||Environmental Planning and Regulation||3|
|CY PLAN C256||Healthy Cities||3|
|CY PLAN 290A||3|
Urbanization in the Global South
|CY PLAN 205||Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law||3|
|LD ARCH 221||Quantitative Methods in Environmental Planning||3|
|LD ARCH 237||The Process of Environmental Planning||3|
|LD ARCH 254||2|
Rivers and Cities: Reclaiming the Connection
|FINANCE + INVESTMENT|
|MBA 280||Real Estate Investment Analysis and Sustainability||3|
|MBA 282||Real Estate Development||3|
|MBA 283||Real Estate Finance and Securitization||3|
|MBA 252||Negotiations and Conflict Resolution||2,3|
|MBA 209F||Fundamentals of Business||3|
Venture Capital Finance
Venture Capital Deal Bootcamp
|MBA 277||Special Topics in Business and Public Policy||1-3|
Tech and the City
|MBA 295B||Venture Capital and Private Equity||3|
|MBA 295F||The Lean Launch Pad||2|
|REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT + LAW|
|ARCH 229A||Introduction to Construction Law||1-4|
Real Estate Transactions and Litigation
Land Use Law
Community Economic Development
Note: Students may petition to take additional elective units, with a clear plan to manage their workload. Students may also petition to substitute courses in subjects where they can demonstrate they already have the requisite knowledge.
Note: Subject to space availability (we cannot guarantee enrollment in specific elective courses for everyone). Enrollment in electives is subject to the procedures for the programs and Schools that offer these courses.
Required Application Materials
Two to Three Letters of Recommendation
Statement of Purpose
Personal History Statement
Portfolio (strongly encouraged)
TOEFL or IELTS Scores (required for most international applicants)
GRE or GMAT Scores (optional)
You must hold or expect to hold prior to the beginning of classes a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. school accredited by one of the AACRAO regional accrediting agencies. International applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution.
Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions where you obtained credit toward your undergraduate degree to the application for the departmental initial review. Unofficial transcripts must include at a minimum the name of the institution, your full name, and a chronological listing of all classes, grades, and credit hours. If your academic records do not include official evidence of the award of your degree, you must also submit additional documents that verify the degree conferral, such as a diploma or degree certificate. We also like to see transcripts from institutions where you received a graduate degree or completed post-graduate coursework, if applicable.
If your transcript is in a language other than English, then you must provide an official translation issued from your university or by certified members of the American Translators Association. Upload the original transcript and translation as one PDF.
Physical copies of official transcripts for all college-level work will be required if admitted.
Please note that any discrepancy between uploaded transcripts and official transcripts could result in the denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission.
Letters of recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation that provide the admissions committee with third-party, qualitative accounts of your potential for success. However, you may submit up to three letters of recommendation if you like. The online application will prompt you for three letters of recommendation; if you are only submitting the required two, just enter your own name into the third space.
We strongly prefer that letters of recommendation come from a current direct supervisor, former direct supervisor, or other individuals with whom you have had significant professional interaction. Please select individuals who know you well and who will take the time to write thorough and thoughtful letters on your behalf. The title of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities. We have found the most helpful letters to be recent, relevant, and written specifically for this application. We discourage letters of recommendation from subordinates, family, friends, or professors. If you are reapplying to the MRED+D program, please ensure at least one recommendation is from a new reference and was written after your previous application was submitted.
When completing the online application, you will enter the email address of your recommender and click "Submit to Recommender," which sends your letter writer instructions for how to upload their letters directly to your application. You are responsible for ensuring that both required recommendations are submitted prior to the application deadline.
Applicants are required to complete two essays. Although we do not have a required minimum or maximum word count, the suggested length of each is around 1 to 2 pages single-spaced.
Statement of Purpose
Our essay question was created to provoke honest, thoughtful responses to help us get to know you. The admissions committee is interested in learning how your professional or other experiences and achievements equip you and motivate you to pursue the Abbey MRED+D degree.
You should describe what you are passionate about that motivates you to make an impact on the world. What are your short- and long-term career goals, how have your interests shaped these goals, and how will the MRED+D degree enable you to build on your prior professional experience to achieve these goals?
The Statement should demonstrate that you understand the MRED+D program and its goals, and should include discussion of how your interests align with our pillars of equity, sustainability and design.
Personal History Statement
Anything that can give the admissions committee a sense of you as a person belongs here. This may include personal histories that have shaped your interest in Real Estate Development + Design. Any information relating to the context of your achievement or challenges you have overcome would also be appropriate here. We also encourage you to highlight any experiences that show your understanding of historically underrepresented groups, and your commitment to serving them with your Abbey MRED+D degree.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
We are interested in learning about your work and experience. Please upload your most current resume or curriculum vitae in chronological format. If applicable, please also include honors, awards, publications, presentations, languages spoken, and associations you belong to.
Evidence of English Proficiency
All applicants who have completed a basic degree in a country/region in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to institutions from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and countries in Africa in which English is not the official language.
If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a test of English proficiency. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement: 1) courses in English as a Second Language, 2) courses conducted in a language other than English, 3) courses that will be completed after the application is submitted, and 4) courses of a non-academic nature.
If you have questions about whether you must provide evidence of English proficiency, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of your academic history.
While a portfolio is not required, we encourage applicants to submit images of work, brief writing samples, and/or past projects with your application. It is helpful for us to see work that is representative of your professional experience to date. Please keep these materials to no more than 10-12 pages in length.
GRE or GMAT Scores
Professional Development Activities
The Abbey MRED+D program offers an array of workshops, networking and speaking events, and employer presentations to best prepare our students to obtain real estate development positions after graduation. Students' career journeys are divided into three parts, one per academic term: self-discovery, career discovery, and career placement.
Students may obtain part-time internships while completing their degree. They may receive course credit if not being otherwise compensated.
Real Estate Competitions:
Students compete in myriad case competitions, primarily in the Spring, that allow them to hone their skills, connect with industry practitioners, and produce tangible work product that they can provide during their job searches. Examples of competitions in which our students have participated include, among others:
*Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge
*HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
*Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition
*NAIOP SF Bay Area Real Estate Challenge, also known as "Golden Shovel" (direct competition between Berkeley and Stanford)
*ULI Gerald Hines Student Competition
*UT Austin National Real Estate Challenge
Clubs and Professional Organizations:
Students take part in the Berkeley Real Estate Club (BREC), which allows real estate graduate students from across campus to come together for speaking events, networking opportunities and case competitions. Membership is drawn primarily from the College of Environmental Design (the Abbey MRED+D's home school, which also includes architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, and urban design graduate students), Berkeley Law School, the Haas School of Business, and the Goldman School of Public Policy.
The Abbey MRED+D provides students with membership in several professional organizations, such as the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Development Association); the cohort attends the ULI Fall Meeting (in Chicago for Fall 2021) all together each year. We also offer optional ARGUS training.
Berkeley has an extensive network of alumni working in real estate in the Bay Area, nationally, and abroad. Students are encouraged to participate in Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association (BREAA) activities while enrolled and to join BREAA upon graduation. BREAA includes graduates from the College of Environmental Design (including MRED+D), the Haas School of Business, Berkeley Law School, and other Berkeley schools and colleges.
Faculty and Instructors
Matt Baran, Lecturer.
Reid Bitzer, Lecturer.
Chris Calott, Capstone Director.
Mary Corley, Lecturer.
Stephen Engblom, Lecturer.
Lisa Fisher, Lecturer.
Carol Galante, Practice Director.
Kristen Hall, Lecturer.
Eric Harrison, Lecturer.
Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design.
Caleb Inman, Lecturer.
Paula Kirlin, Lecturer.
Amy Leedham, Lecturer.
Amanda Monchamp, Lecturer.
Greg Morrow, Director, Abbey MRED+D.
Paul Peninger, Lecturer.
Kyle Rawlins, Lecturer.
Carolina Reid, Education Committee Chair.
Elizabeth Libby Seifel, Lecturer.
Lydia Tan, Lecturer.
Dennis Williams, Lecturer.
Allison Arieff, Affiliated Faculty.
Gail Brager, Affiliated Faculty.
Dana Buntrock, Affiliated Faculty.
Claudia Cappio, Affiliated Faculty.
Karen Chapple, Affiliated Faculty.
Dan Chatman, Affiliated Faculty.
Renee Chow, Affiliated Faculty.
Bill Falik, Affiliated Faculty.
Harrison Fraker, Affiliated Faculty.
Keith Orlesky, Affiliated Faculty.
Jonathan Segal, Affiliated Faculty.
Paul Waddell, Affiliated Faculty.