• “The level of knowledge and maturity of graduates from this program exceeded my expectations. They came to my company with solid skills and a strong work ethic and have performed exceptionally well in a setting that requires multitasking on a regular basis. I will always look to the CU Real Estate Center for future employees.”
  • Susan Powers
    Urban Ventures, LLC

  • “The Real Estate Certificate program is an excellent bridge between school and the real world. It has been an enormous help in the job hunt and has made me more comfortable about my skill set when I do enter the work force.”
  • Alex Johnson
    Graduated 2013

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The undergraduate real estate certificate program is open to current Leeds students only. The certificate program consists of a total of 18 credit hours of course work, including an academic internship (download the list of required courses here and the list of elective courses here). Students who successfully complete all the course and internship requirements will be awarded a Real Estate Certificate and transcript designation.

The certificate program is designed to give students a thorough, multidisciplinary understanding of real estate. It prepares students for a real estate career by providing a solid foundation in capital markets, developing students' decision-making skills, and framing real-world challenges in a multidisciplinary context. Additionally, completion of the certificate satisfies the course work requirement necessary to obtain a broker's license in the state of Colorado.

Contact Lisa Chambers for more information.

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If you are interested in completing the Real Estate Certificate, please fill out the certificate intent form and e-mail it to

Real Estate Scholarships

The University of Colorado Leeds School of business and the Real Estate Center all offer scholarships to real estate students. Beyond these opportunities, there are scholarships available to students outside of the university offered by various real estate organizations. Please note, the industry scholarships often require a separate application and have different eligibility standards.

To learn about other scholarships available to current students, please visit here.

University of Colorado Scholarships

To apply for University of Colorado scholarships, please fill out the scholarship application found in your MYCUInfo student portal available from October 1st to February 15th.

Undergraduate Scholarships

University of Colorado Cohagen-Platts Memorial Scholarship
  • Award: up to $3,000
  • Application: due February 15th (see MyCUInfo)
  • Financial need, awarded to student in RE Certificate program. Well-rounded student who has demonstrated leadership through extracurricular/volunteer activities and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  • University of Colorado ICSC Michael P.Kercheval Undergraduate Real Estate Award
  • Award: $2,000
  • Application: Mid November, real estate certificate students will be notified by ICSC
  • The International Council of Shopping Center Foundation established this award to recognize and provide financial assistance to students who are interested in pursuing retail real estate as a career. The award includes a $2,000 scholarship to be used toward tuition and/or related expenses, plus an ICSC student membership.

  • University of Colorado Kenneth M. Good Scholarship
  • Award: up to $1,500
  • Application: due February 15th (see MyCUInfo)
  • Outstanding student in the RE Certificate program

  • University of Colorado Ronald B. Hochmuth
  • Award: up to $1,400
  • Application: due February 15th (see MyCUInfo)
  • Financial need,awarded to student in RE Certificate Program

  • Industry Sponsored Undergraduate Scholarships

    Appraisal Institute Educational Trust Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Award: $1,000
  • Application: see website for application
  • Awarded on the basis of academic excellence, this scholarship helps finance the education endeavors of undergraduate students concentrating in real estate appraisal, land economics, real estate or related fields.
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  • Appraisal Institute Educational Trust Minorities and Women Education Scholarship
  • Award: $1,000
  • Application: See website for application
  • Minorities and women students pursuing academic degrees in real estate appraisal or related fields
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  • Commercial Real Estate Women National Scholarship
  • Award: $5,000
  • Application: See website for application
  • The CREW Network Foundation scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate.
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  • International Council of Shopping Centers Love Scholarship for Diversity
  • Award: $5,000
  • Application: See website for application
  • Named in honor of Gina Love, Esq., who helped create ICSC's annual Diversity Reception, this award is for an undergraduate who is interested in a career in retail real estate. The scholarship will provide tuition assistance to a junior or senior university student who belongs to an underrepresented minority group.
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  • International Council of Shopping Centers Schurgin Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Award: $5,000 and Attend RECon all expenses paid
  • Application: See website for application.
  • The Schurgin Family Foundation scholarship will be awarded to a student studying retail real estate or a related field.The scholarship will also cover the cost of attending the Foundation's annual award ceremony held in conjunction with RECon: The Global Retail Real Estate Convention.
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  • International Council of Shopping Centers Schurgin Family Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarship
  • Award: $5,000 and Attend RECon all expenses paid
  • Application: See website for application
  • The Schurgin Family Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarship will be awarded to a student who shows passion for entrepreneurship. The scholarship will also cover the cost of attending the Foundation's annual award ceremony held in conjunction with RECon:The Global Retail Real Estate Convention.
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  • Institute of Real Estate Management Student of the Year Scholarship
  • Award: Complimentary registration to IREM's 2017 Global Summit in Chicago, all expenses paid
  • Application: see website for application
  • The IREM Student of the Year Scholarship recognizes an outstanding college/university student who has demonstrated a record of academic achievement and interest in pursuing a career in real estate management.The scholarship recipient will be given the opportunity to attend IREM's 2017 Global Summit in Chicago, IL. This scholarship program is funded by the IREM Foundation
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  • NAIOP Diversity Commercial Real Estate Scholarship
  • Award": $2,500-$5,000
  • Application: See website for application
  • NAIOP is committed to the next generation of CRE leadership and increasing diversity in commercial real estate. We are proud to continue our scholarship program for students pursuing a degree which will lead to a career in the commercial real estate industry. Preference will be given to students who have been traditionally under-represented in the commercial real estate field. Applicants must be a NAIOP University member in good standing; be a full-time undergraduate student of junior or senior standing or enrolled in an applicable graduate program during the 2017-2018 academic calendar year; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale).
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  • Pension Real Estate Association Scholarship Program
  • Award: $500 - $5,000
  • Application: See website for application
  • In keeping with our educational mission, the Pension Real Estate Association awards scholarships on an annual basis to promising students studying real estate at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These scholarships are awarded through our own scholarship program and financial need will be considered in determining the amount of each award. Potential recipients who demonstrate no need will be eligible to receive the minimum award. PREA also partners with the Robert A. Toigo Foundation to grant a PREA/Toigo scholarship which is awarded to minority and women students.
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  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Mildred C. Hanson, Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Award: $4,000
  • Application: July 31, 2017
  • The Mildred C.(Millie) Hanson,SIOR Memorial Fund, which was established to honor and support women in commercial real estate, will grant a $4,000 scholarship to an outstanding junior or senior undergraduate female student enrolled in an accredited real estate program at a college or university in the United States or Canada.
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  • Land Institute Etkin Johnson Student Scholarship Program (Colorado students only)
  • Award: Complimentary membership to ULI Colorado
  • Application: Closes September 22, 2017
  • The ULI Colorado Student Scholarship Program provides 10 selected student applicants with a one year ULI membership and engages the students in various leadership opportunities throughout the course of their membership year. From September 2017 through May 2018 the participants will attend ULI Colorado events, committees, become volunteers, shadow developers and network with ULI members to enhance their scholastic endeavors and learn the benefits of ULI membership.
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  • Colorado Real Estate Broker License

    The CU Real Estate Certificate is not the same as a broker license. Here are the procedures to get a Colorado broker license:

    1. Once you complete the certificate program, you will need to submit your transcript (unofficial is fine) to

    2. Many students find it helpful to take a crash course before they sit for the broker exam. You should have gained the most knowledge you need for the test in all of your courses at CU-Boulder, but this crash course will help you specifically pass the exam. Many entities offer these types of crash courses. Kaplan and the American Real Estate College are both schools that students have used in the past. A complete list of schools that offer these courses, in addition to pass rates for each school, are available on the State of Colorado Real Estate's website.

    3. You must register to take the exam. Contact Promissor at 808.274.0828. A company representative will help you find an exam site and a time that is preferable for you. We recommend you call two weeks prior to your desired exam date.

    4. Once you have taken the exam and passed, you are ready to submit your application for your license. The Colorado Division of Real Estate lists the applications to chose from. You want to apply for the Colorado Real Estate Broker License. The directions for submitting this application are available on the Commission's website. You will need to submit an application fee, a fingerprint card, proof of education (your official transcript listing completion of the real estate certificate), your exam score report, and a certificate of license history. All of this information is listed in detail in the license application directions. You need to be employed or sponsored by a broker firm for two years before you can become an independent broker.


    The CU Real Estate Club is an undergraduate student organization at the Leeds School of Business. Our membership is made up of students across all four years, and all majors of study throughout CU, who share an interest in real estate.

    The Real Estate Club is dedicated to providing our members with a solid foundation of which to express and share their passion for real estate with other like-minded students. We hope to serve as a platform for students to become more involved with the local real estate community, thereby furthering their interests, growing their knowledge, and enhancing their potential. We provide networking opportunities, educational events, and career development activities. If you share an interest in real estate, we hope to see you at one of the upcoming meetings.

    Key Aspects

    • Host a number of speakers on Tuesday evenings throughout the academic year that will allow the members to gain knowledge of the various elements of the real estate industry.
    • Visit sites of current real estate developments, completed projects, and construction sites to provide our members with a first-hand look into the real estate world
    • Provide service back to the community with an annual Habitat for Humanity volunteer day.
    • Develop and maintain a relationship with the real estate companies present in the Boulder community, and, by doing so, gain valuable networking contacts within the field.
    • Provide our members with an insight into the industry related education available at CU to help each member tailor their CU education to help best prepare them for their career.

    Calendar for 2017-2018

    Meetings are from 6:30pm-7:45pm in Koelbel 220 on the following dates for the fall semester:

  • September 5
  • September 19
  • October 3
  • October 24
  • November 7

  • Habitat for Humanity - October 14
  • Denver RiNo Trek - November 10
  • (Pizza is served at 6:30pm and the program begins at 6:45)


    • President: Alex Schott,
    • Senior Vice President: Dillon Tanchinh,
    • Vice President of Engagement: Taylor Welsh,
    • Vice President of Professional Activities: Alex McPherson,
    • Vice President of Operations: Noah Green,
    • Club Advisor: Lisa Chambers,


    USC International Undergraduate Case Competition

    Since 2005, the Marshall School at the University of Southern California has been hosting an international undergraduate student case competition. On a Monday in the third week of April student teams receive the competition case study. Students have three days to analyze the case, summarize their analysis in a written report, and prepare a presentation. Students travel to Los Angeles on Thursday of the competition week. On Friday, students present their analysis to a panel of real estate industry professionals.

    The Leeds real estate student team competing in the 2014 competition, placing 2nd consisted of (pictured left to right) Tripp Howell, Abby Vollmer, Jack Krowl, Leah Canfield, Joe Faller and Drew Thomas.

    The schools competing in this year’s competition included CU-Boulder, University of Auckland, USC, Texas, University of Singapore, Wisconsin, Wharton, NYU, and Ohio State.


    REAL 3000: Real Estate Principles

    The course provides an introduction to real estate as (1) an asset with associated property rights and obligations, (2) an industry and profession, and (3) an investment. The course covers a broad spectrum of real estate principles and terms including legal concepts, regulation and land use, valuation,brokerage, contracting and closing, financing methods and sources, and investment analysis. This course is an excellent elective for all students by providing practical and important material relevant to the students’ personal and professional lives and also provides the foundation for other real estate courses at Leeds.


    REAL 4000: Real Estate Law

    The course covers a broad sampling of laws and practices impacting and governing real property rights and interests including the nature, ownership, possession, use, encumbrance and conveyance of real property.


    REAL 4100: Real Estate Finance and Investments

    The primary objectives of this course are to: (1) understand home mortgages and commercial real estate financing; (2) conduct income property investment analyses; (3) develop the technical competence necessary to structure real estate transactions; and (4) understand the financial assets securitized by real estate. The student will analyze the financing of properties using Excel. Techniques for structuring real estate transactions examined in this course include lender participations, sale-leasebacks, joint ventures, and real estate syndications.

    The secondary market for mortgages and mortgage backed securities (MBSs) will be examined in some detail. Topics covered include a survey of the private and public institutions that participate in the secondary mortgage market; pooling mortgages to create a MBS; and pricing MBSs. The course will examine both residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBSs) and commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBSs). The homogeneity of the mortgage pool, prepayment risk, and default risk are examined in some detail. The course will also examine real estate investment trusts (REITs) and returns to real estate investments.


    REAL 4810: Academic Internship

    The course is designed to complement the internship experience of the students. The class will focus on (1) sharing the experiences of the students in their respective internships, (2) exploring career opportunities in the real estate industry, (3) exploring special topics in the real estate industry including diversity and ethics, and (4) assisting students with obtaining employment including cover letter and resume review and presentation/interviewing skills.


    REAL 4820: Real Estate Development

    One of the primary purposes of the class is to teach students the fundamental analytical tools used by real estate developers. Thi will be done through lecture, demonstration and assignments that give students a chance to apply what they have learned in case studies.


    Asset Management Seminar

    This lecture series is offered to undergraduate students enrolled in REAL 4810: Academic Internship. The series takes place over the course of seven Tuesdays in the spring semester.


    LEED Accreditation

    In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter, the CU Real Estate Center offers students a unique opportunity to prepare for and take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Green Associate exam.

    We're serious about sustainable real estate development practices. So are our students. Regardless of the role our students take in the broader real estate industry, becoming LEED certified is a significant plus for our graduates and speaks to their commitment to sustainable practices.

    ARGUS-DCF® Certification

    ARGUS-DCF® is a widely used income property investment/valuation real estate software package. We are proud to offer the ARGUS-DCF® Certification class to our MBAs, undergraduates, and members of the CUREC community. According to ARGUS®, our high pass rates are unprecedented among ARGUS-DCF® Certification classes offered by either ARGUS or other universities.

    Prerequisite: Undergraduate students must have completed or are currently be enrolled in REAL 4100: Real Estate Finance and Investments or have obtained instructor permission.