Certificate in Real Estate Development

Overview

The Certificate in Real Estate Development (CRED) is designed to help current and aspiring real estate developers and city planners prepare for successful real estate development careers.  Students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to initiate, navigate, and manage real estate development projects located in existing communities of Northern California.

To complete the certificate, students take four graduate-level courses offered through the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University.  Students typically enroll in one or two courses per semester and complete the program on a part-time basis, allowing them the option to work full-time while studying.

The curriculum emphasizes experiential, problem-based learning techniques, such as analysis of local real estate projects, discussions with local real estate professionals, and team-based studio projects that mimic realistic real estate development scenarios.

Courses are delivered in a variety of formats that include in-class as well as on-line instruction. Specific format varies by instructor and course. During online weeks, the students will be required to interact at specified times, usually once a week in the evening, using interactive software. The in-class sessions also meet once a week in the evening. Past syllabi are available on-line.

 

Program Structure and Course Sequence

Students who started taking classes for CRED prior to Fall 2016

Option 1: Complete a total of 12 credits (four 3-unit classes):

URBP 205: Private Development and Urban Planning (syllabus)

URBP 206: Market Analysis, Appraisal, and Finance of Real Estate Development (syllabus)

URBP 207: Real Estate Development Business and Planning (syllabus)

URBP 208: Urban Real Estate Development Studio (syllabus)

 

Option 2: Complete a total of 13 credits (four classes):

URBP 205 (3-unit): Private Development and Urban Planning (syllabus)

URBP 206 (3-unit): Market Analysis, Appraisal, and Finance of Real Estate Development (syllabus)

URBP 208 (3-unit): Urban Real Estate Development Studio (syllabus)

URBP 225 (4-unit): Land Use Planning and Law (syllabus)

  

Students who started taking classes for CRED Fall 2016 and after

Complete a total of 13 credits (four classes):

URBP 205 (3-unit): Private Development and Urban Planning (syllabus)

URBP 206 (3-unit): Market Analysis, Appraisal, and Finance of Real Estate Development (syllabus)

URBP 208 (3-unit): Urban Real Estate Development Studio (syllabus)

URBP 225 (4-unit): Land Use Planning and Law (syllabus)

 

Typically, two courses—URBP 205 and URBP 206—are offered in the Fall, and one—URBP 208—in the Spring Semester.  The fourth—URBP 225—is usually offered every semester. Students have the option of taking individual courses if they do not wish to complete the full certificate.  Three courses—URBP 205, 206, and 225—are designed so that students can take them in any order.  URBP 208 should be taken toward the end. The suggested course sequences are provided below.

 

Begin coursework in Fall

Two courses per semester

Fall: URBP 205 and 206 (can also take URBP 225 if you are able to take three courses)

Spring: URBP 208 and 225

 

One course per semester

Fall: URBP 205

Spring: URBP 225

Fall: URBP 206

Spring: URBP 208

 

Begin coursework in Spring

Option A:

Spring: URBP 225

Fall: URBP 205 and 206

Spring: URBP 208

 

Option B:

Spring: URBP 225

Fall: URBP 205

Spring: no course

Fall: URBP 206

Spring: URBP 208

 

Eligibility for the Certificate

The CRED program is open to SJSU students as well as to anyone who holds a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and has a GPA of at least 2.5 (where A=4).  For existing SJSU graduate students, there is no required admissions process.  Others have two options: (1) Take courses through Open University; or (2) Apply to SJSU and then take courses as a matriculated student. In both cases, the certificate as well as the individual courses will appear on the student’s SJSU transcript.  Students often choose Option 1 because it costs less than Option 2.  The fee for Option 1 is approximately $3650. The fee is approximately $7250 for Option 2.

It is strongly recommended that prospective students consult the department's Graduate Student Adviser or the CRED Director to discuss eligibility and options for enrolling in the CRED program. We encourage non-SJSU students to earn this certificate.  The CRED faculty will do their best to find a space for you in their classes.

 

CRED Faculty and Staff

 

Director

Dr. Shishir Mathur

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Faculty

John Davidson

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Kelly Snider 

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 Tom Terrill

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 William Riggs

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Advisory Board for the Certificate in Real Estate Development Program

 

Scott Lefaver, Cabouchon Properties (Board Chair)

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Ray Hashimoto, AICP, HMH Engineers

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Arthur Henriques, Independent Consultant

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Mark Lazzarini, DAL Properties 

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Maryanna McSwain, DTZ 

 

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Hilary Nixon, Chair, SJSU Department of Urban and Regional Planning Department

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Kevin Riley, Independent Consultant and City of Santa Clara Planning Director (former)

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Lydia Tan, Bentall Kennedy

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