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Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate

This graduate certificate is designed for individuals with 1-2 years of relevant experience in commercial real estate or related fields, who are seeking formal education to advance their careers in real estate and development. It is also designed for those who hold a graduate degree, but seek to obtain more education or specialization within this industry without committing to further graduate degrees. This certificate allows you to take focused graduate courses with peers from our MBA and MS Finance programs. This certificate is also available to UTSA graduate students in urban planning, architecture, or public administration who wish to gain related knowledge in real estate finance and development.

Economic Relevance

The real estate development, home building, and construction industry employ over 784,000 individuals statewide, with more than 131,000 individuals in San Antonio alone. This thriving industry generates an economic impact of $19.4 billion each year, second only to health care as an economic generator.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

For international students, please note that student visas are not issued at UTSA for non-degree-seeking students, including certificate programs. For more information, visit our international students admission page.

Real Estate Finance & Development (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 23-24 App: Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year
24-25 App: 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
  Resume Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
Apply 2023-24 Application Apply 2024-25 Application

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Real Estate Finance & Development (CERT)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Academic Year 2023-24 Priority International Domestic
Fall 2023 April 1 June 1 July 15
Spring 2024 October 1 November 1 December 1
Summer 2024 Not Available Not Available Not Available
Academic Year 2024-25 Priority International Domestic
Fall 2024 Not Available June 1 August 1
Spring 2025 Not Available November 1 December 1
Summer 2025 Not Available Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities


Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

Current Graduate Students Interested in the Real Estate Finance and Development Certificate

Please contact the Certificate Program Advisor Tammy McDaniel ( to complete a request to enroll in this Graduate Certificate Program. An online application is not required for current UTSA graduate students.


  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Embrey Partners
  • Galaxy Builders
  • Worth & Associates
  • USAA Real Estate
  • Real Estate Principles
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment
  • Construction for Real Estate Professionals
  • Real Estate Development Capstone Course

Please note: If you do not have a demonstrated finance background in real estate or finance, you will be required to complete any prerequisite courses needed prior to starting the program.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Tammy McDaniel