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Graduate program courses were developed with the needs of the working-adult professional in mind, and structured to offer maximum flexibility. Concentration area courses allow for additional professional specialization. To learn more about our various specializations, check out the Concentrations.
To gain a better understanding of the topics covered in our Business and Real Estate Core Courses, please review the online real estate course descriptions below.
BUSINESS CORE COURSES
- BC510 - General Accounting - This course will provide students with an understanding of financial reporting and analysis techniques for business operations that affect profit, inventory, ethics, and taxation. Students will learn how to evaluate the impact of business decisions in financial statements and develop skills to interpret financial reports. Student will learn how to use and critically examine transaction and cash-flow decisions, accrual based and cash-based financial statements. Horizontal, vertical analysis, and sustainability concepts will be taught with emphasis on business planning strategies.
- BC520 - Business Law - This course will focus on the overview of the fundamentals of commercial law and with a particular emphasis on the law of contracts. It will focus and develop the general knowledge of the law as it relates to real estate both contractual and from a protection view point. A complete review of business transactions, contracts, and other common documents associated with conducting business in the United States. Concepts will be reviewed from drafting to contracts and leases.
- BC530 - Marketing Management - This course presents students with a comprehensive approach to marketing and brand management, including marketing strategy and competitive differentiation; segmentation and targeting; management of brand and formulation of appropriate marketing strategies in the real estate environment. Students analyze the major decisions that marketers must make in their efforts to effectively use resources, apply analytics, and evaluate strategies. Students are asked to analyze how environmental variables affect marketing and how marketers must anticipate and respond to evolving changes related to these variables. Course assignments and discussions challenge learners to think strategically about the marketing process, evaluate the success or failure of the overall marketing strategy, and apply learning from the course to their work environment with a specific focus on marketing within the real estate environment.
- BC550 - Financial Management - This course explores three principle areas of finance: financial management, capital markets, and investments. Topics include working capital management, financial planning and management, financing, tax, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, valuation, risk analysis, mergers and acquisitions, liquidations, options and futures. The financial management of firms and investment decision-making in theory and practice will also be studied. Prerequisite: BC510
- BC556 - Money & Banking - National and global capital markets. Role and function of the banking system and financial markets, monetary policy and regulations. Financial markets and interest rates and the role and function of the banking system. Institutional and non-institutional sources of capital, securitization and interest-rate determination. Prerequisite: BC560
- BC560 - Overview of Economic Theory and Principles - Macro-economic theory and micro-economic principles of supply and demand. Application of micro- and macro-economic principles in business forecasting and decision making. Additional topics include national fiscal policy, monetary policy and global economics. Application of principles from various fields in economics and business to management decision making.
- BC570 - Business Management - This course integrates theory and practice to allow students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the real estate enterprise. Concepts covered in the course include a review of the fundamentals of organizational behavior, decision making, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, business communications, team management, change management, relationship management, professional development, project management, strategic planning, ethics, and sustainability.
REAL ESTATE CORE COURSES
- RE520 - Real Estate Law - This course analyzes the principles of real estate law that determine real estate use, restrictions, and transfer. Existing laws, past legal decisions, and current lawsuits are considered while developing a standard for issue identification and resolution. Emphasis is placed on recognizing appropriate business conduct under a variety of circumstances.
- RE530 - Real Estate Valuation - This course integrates theory and practice to allow students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to properly engage in the practice of real estate valuation. Concepts covered in the course include a review of the fundamentals of real estate, real estate appraisal, marketdeterminants of value, and valuation techniques using the sales comparison, income, and cost approaches to value. Techniques and methods of appraising real property with emphasis on incomeproperties are addressed. At the end of the course, students will master how to complete the real estate valuation process. Prerequisite: BC550
- RE540 - Real Estate Finance & Investments - This course consists of analyses of real estate capital markets, both debt and equity; institutional sources of capital, both public and private; legal aspects of real estate finance; underwriting; and real estate capital structure. Real estate investment includes analyses of risk and return, tax strategies and disposition. Fundamentals of real estate finance includes sources of funds, alternative financing instruments and mortgage securitization, analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield, risk for residential and commercial real estate, evaluating the role of financing and leverage in real estate investment analysis, valuation of financial structure, sources of equity financing and the operation of secondary mortgage markets.
- RE550 - Real Estate Marketing - This course examines principles of real estate market research; competitive market analysis; pricing and timing decisions; marketing strategies; brokerage; sales and promotional strategies; customer service; and ethics in marketing. Coordination of tactical and strategic marketing plans with the goals and objectives of the firm. It also covers sales strategies, networking, and referral systems. Students will work with qualitative and quantitative research and case studies to learn how skills and concepts are applied to develop a marketing mix that can meet the wants and needs of consumers and society in the twenty-first century.
- RE580 - Advanced Real Estate Principles - Principles of investment real estate; construction and urban development; architecture; design and construction of real estate; and application of these skills using real-world examples and case studies. Overview of the real estate industry both nationally and globally; legal aspects of real estate including purchase and sales, leasing, construction, partnerships and joint ventures; marketing; brokerage; real estate finance; property and asset management; valuation; and urban and regional analysis.
Prerequisite: RE520, RE530, RE540
- RE590 – LEED Design, Construction and Sustainability - This course analyzes the trends in sustainable real estate growth including new urbanism, LEED design and certification and how these shifts in community planning, building and design affect consumer expectations and financial metrics and risk. Opportunities to analyze key concepts in the real estate sustainability movement are provided with emphasis on LEED design and certification.
- RE600 - Research Project - Students in this course, intended to be the last course in the program, integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program. Students demonstrate this knowledge through the completion of a research project that explores an original topic and makes an appropriate contribution to the field. Prerequisite: Successful completion of real estate core courses prior to registration.
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