Welcome to the CU Real Estate Center at the Leeds School of Business.

Founded in 1989 by a passionate group of local real estate leaders from Denver and Boulder, the Center's mission is to foster and develop aspiring real estate professionals. We offer rigorous coursework, co-curricular activities, a personalized approach to networking and mentorship, and hands-on learning experiences in a top business school. Our students graduate knowing they're prepared to make a positive impact. Our employer network hires nearly every graduate of our program—perhaps its most important validation.

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Our faculty is chaired by one of the nation’s top real estate finance professors and academic researchers, Dr. Tom Thibodeau. The faculty includes full-time instructor Curtis Sears; and five lecturers with industry experience in law, architecture, and development. The Center is led by its Executive Director Michael P. Kercheval, a real estate executive with a proven track record of accomplishment and innovation.

The program provides both undergraduate, MS and MBA students with opportunities to earn a degree with an emphasis in real estate. Undergraduates complete 18 credit hours of real estate classes and an internship program. The one-year MS program offers two tracks: Asset and Development Management. MBA students complete 18 credit hours of real estate classes to receive a degree with an emphasis in real estate.

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The CU Real Estate Center is part of the Leeds School of Business in Boulder, Colorado which educates principled, innovative business leaders who drive value creation.

MS Real Estate

The MS Real Estate program provides an in-depth education for students interested in a career in the real estate industry. The twelve-month program offers extensive coursework and an application of materials, preparing students for a range of job opportunities. The program incorporates experiential learning and a multitude of opportunities for students to interact with industry leaders in classes and in events sponsored by the CU Real Estate Center.

A One-Year MS degree in Real Estate with concentrations in Asset Management or in Development Management. Additional information about all of the MS programs at the University of Colorado, a top business school, can be found here.

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MBA Real Estate

The Real Estate track in the Leeds MBA program is unlike any in the nation in its commitment to student development and career placement. We are defined by our personalized approach to career services, by our network of industry leaders, and by the depth and ambition of our curriculum. We build and nurture connections—sound relationships are paramount to the success of our industry. We foster alliances that make our business environment better.

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Real Estate Development Management

CU alumnus Dan Ivanoff, Managing Partner of Schnitzer West, made a generous investment to establish the Dan & Laurie Ivanoff MBA track in Real Estate Development Management. In response to the need for MBA graduates with substantive project experience and a thoughtful, inter-disciplinary approach, we've developed this track to ensure that our students match the highest of industry expectations.

Along with the core business MBA curriculum and a real estate heavy course load, Real Estate Development Management students will take graduate classes in CU-Boulder's School of Engineering. Training in project management, design development, and legal issues round out the curriculum and provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of the real estate industry. The track culminates with student participation in the Colorado Chapter of the NAIOP competition. This real-world competition tests students' ability to dynamically synthesize responses to issues faced in site development.

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Real growth, real opportunity, and real estate all come together in Colorado. The real estate program provides students with exposure to the concepts, tools, and techniques necessary for entry-level positions. It prepares students for a real estate career by exploring the link between real estate and capital markets, developing real estate decision-making skills, and analyzing real estate opportunities. Our curriculum is an integrated process designed to prepare students for real estate careers in today's business environment.

  • 18-hour certificate (appears on transcript)
  • Interdisciplinary curricula (architecture and engineering)
  • Full training for broker license
  • Intensive mentoring and career advice
  • Professional networking events

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