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

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Founded by a passionate group of local real estate leaders in 1989, 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. 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. Join online here.

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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 Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Liang Peng; full-time instructor Curtis Sears; and five lecturers with industry experience in law, architecture, and development. The Center is led by its Executive Director Sherman R. Miller, a real estate executive with a proven track record of accomplishment and innovation.

The program provides both undergraduate 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. MBA students complete 18 credit hours of real estate classes to receive a degree with an emphasis in real estate.

We are value-proven and vision-driven. We're not interested in sitting back and watching as the industry moves forward. We're in the mix, innovating change.

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



A One-Year MS degree in Real Estate with concentrations in Asset Management or in Development Management. Applications will be available online beginning September 1, 2014

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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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17th Annual Real Estate Forum

The 2014 CU Real Estate Council 17th Annual Real Estate Forum was held on March 5th at the Denver Marriott City Center. Managing in the real estate and business world is increasingly challenging and we put together nationally known panelists and speakers aimed at providing attendees with a perspective on the new trends and patterns driving today's real estate development, ownership and use. In addition to the real estate components of our conference, we also incorporated some unique and fascinating presentations to spice up the day.

As always, our CUREC MBA students joined us. This was a significant part of the day as it is the students' opportunity to meet business and real estate professionals, as well as our opportunity to associate with these future leaders.

Prominent speakers included Sam Zell, EGI; Jeff DeBoer, The Real Estate Roundtable; and Gunnar Branson, NAREIM; among many others.

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Undergraduate Real Estate Students Win International Real Estate Competition

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Six real estate certificate students took 1st Place in the USC-hosted International Real Estate Competition last week. The team competed against 8 other universities: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Southern California, UT-Austin, NYU, Villanova, National University of Singapore, University of San Diego and Ohio State University. All of the teams received the development case six days before the competition and the CU team spent close to 70 hours preparing their case and presentation. As the rules state, no teams can get help on their case preparation from staff or faculty.

The team members are Carly Beetham, Erin Everett, Kyle Kite, Jack Krowl, Sam Makings and Tommy Shabinsky. The team was accompanied to LA by Curtis Sears and Lisa Chambers. We are thrilled to have the bragging rights to first place and look forward to another win next year!

CU-Boulder/Harvard Team Wins National Competition

Chad Murphy and Alex Atherton (second and third from the left), two MBA candidates in real estate from CU-Boulder, were part of a joint team between the University of Colorado and Harvard University that submitted the winning entry. The first place design was awarded a grand prize of $50,000 in the 2012 ULI/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition.

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Leeds MBA Students Win NAIOP Rocky Mountain Challenge

A team of six students (5 Leeds MBA and 1 Planning student) won the 2013 annual NAIOP Rocky Mountain Challengeon May 1, 2013. The development team from Leeds beat a team from the University of Denver before a crowd of 700 real estate professionals. This competition gives graduate students the opportunity to prepare a proposal to develop/re-develop a site in the Denver/Boulder area. The site this year, a first ever Boulder sitee, was the Boulder Civic Center property bounded by Canyon, Arapahoe, 13th and 14th Streets. Our team's vision was bold and the financing scheme was very sound, yet creative.

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