Charles C. Tu

The Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate
Academic Director, MSRE Program
Charles C. Tu
(619) 260-5942
Office Location
Alcala West, Avila 111
  • PhD, The George Washington University, Finance and Investments
  • MBA, The George Washington University, Finance and Investments
  • BS, National Chao-Tung University, Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Expertise
Real Estate

Selected Publications

  • Financial Literacy 101, Department of Real Estate, State of California
  • Real Estate Markets in the United States, International Real Estate: An Institutional Approach/ Blackwell Publishing
  • A Graduate Real Estate Program Survey: Careers and Compensation, Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education
  • An International Perception of the Quality of Real Estate Research Publication Outlets, Journal of Real Estate Literature
  • Capital Markets and Sustainable Real Estate: What are the Perceived Risks and Barriers?, Journal of Sustainable Real Estate


Charles Tu earned his PhD in business administration from George Washington University (GWU) in 1999 and received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2000. Before becoming an associate professor in SBA, he taught real estate and finance courses at GWU and Cal State Fullerton, where he received the Outstanding Teacher/Scholar award in 2002. Tu is dedicated to conducting applied research that helps improve real estate and business decision-making. His research agenda covers a variety of topics, including housing valuation, smart growth and the new urbanism, commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS), real estate investment trusts (REITs), multifamily housing and retail shopping centers. Tu has published articles in leading academic journals, and the findings of his research have been cited in major newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.