May 22, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024

Urban Real Estate Development and Finance, Graduate Certificate

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This program is not accepting new admits as of the Summer 24 semester.


The graduate certificate program in Urban Real Estate Development and Finance is offered jointly by the School of Urban Affairs and the Monte Ahuja College of Business. In addition to Cleveland State faculty, guest lecturers from the real estate community enhance the program by providing up-to-date examples of successful projects. The program provides engaged learning and focused, hands-on experience in project-level real estate and real estate finance, investment, and valuation.

Courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working students. The fourteen-credit certificate may be earned in eighteen months. The Urban courses are offered in a blended format, with an option to access classes remotely.

Faculty Research

Professor Robert Simons specializes in environmental real estate research and environmental real estate issues, including proximity influence, brownfields, housing markets, and recycling old buildings.

Career Information

A graduate certificate in Urban Real Estate Development and Finance is a valuable tool for current Cleveland State graduate students who want to enhance their academic program in the area of real estate. Professionals in the fields of real estate, real estate law, planning, economic development, banking, and architecture can enroll in the program to update and strengthen their knowledge and practice in urban real estate development and finance.

Admission Information

Degree-seeking graduate students who hold Regular status will be considered for admission to the certificate program. In addition, applicants must show evidence of:

  1. The ability to do quality, professional-level work, and
  2. Spreadsheet competency or the ability to learn quickly.

Prior to graduation, degree-seeking students must file a letter with the Urban Affairs Graduate Programs Advisor, stating their intent to complete requirements for the certificate. The letter must specify the expected date of completion of each course being applied toward the certificate.

Applicants who are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at Cleveland State must apply for graduate certificate admission. Certificate admission requirements are detailed in the Admissions  section of this Catalog. In addition to meeting these admission requirements, certificate applicants must submit a current resume and a one-page statement that outlines:

  1. Educational objectives,
  2. Career goals, and
  3. Significant experience in real estate development.

With program permission, a non-degree graduate student may take the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students cannot earn a University graduate certificate.

Credits earned for the certificate may apply toward a graduate degree, as approved by the student’s graduate program director and in keeping with policies of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Certificate Requirements

The required fourteen-credit hour sequence, listed below, includes courses from both Urban Affairs and the College of Business Administration:

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