Master's in Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about our master's in real estate program.

Where can I get an application to apply to the program?

Currently, our application process is performed online. We welcome you to start your online application here.

When is the application due?

The final deadline is May 1 (extended to June 30 for domestic students due to COVID-19). After this date, email to check on space availability.

Can I use the GRE or LSAT for admission?

You may use the GRE, but we do not accept the LSAT. The GMAT is most preferred.

When should I start to pursue the GMAT?

We recommend studying for the GMAT and taking it when you feel fully prepared. You can learn more about the test by visiting the GMAT website.

Take the GMAT Mini-Quiz

If I took the GMAT/TOEFL in the past, how long will those scores be considered valid?

GMAT scores are valid for five (5) years. TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years.

What is the minimum GMAT score required for admissions?

550 is the minimum GMAT score we require.

Does USD offer reimbursement for GMAT/GRE test preparation courses?

We want our future students to effectively prepare for the GMAT or GRE. Therefore, if an applicant completes a GMAT or GRE course through  and is admitted to and attends one of our master's degree programs, then we will reimburse the student for the test preparation course cost in the form of a tuition scholarship. The maximum reimbursement scholarship is $895. The reimbursement scholarship is only available for USD test preparation courses. The reimbursement scholarship will be issued during the student's first semester. Reimbursement scholarships will only be issued for programs that *. Students will need to submit a letter of completion from USD Professional and Continuing Education in order to be eligible. Please call Graduate Business Admissions at (619) 260-4860 to learn more and to see if you are eligible for a discount on your USD test preparation course.

*Programs that require GMAT and are eligible for this scholarship include: Full Time MBA, Professional MBA, Master's in Business Analytics, Master's in Finance, Master's in Real Estate. Ineligible programs include: Master's in Accountancy/Taxation.

What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission?

The minimum score required for the TOEFL is 92. The minimum score required for the IELTS is 7.

What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

The minimum GPA we require is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

My email and/or mailing/contact information have changed since I applied. How can I update this information?

No problem. Just submit the changes you would like to make to your application to

Can I request an interview with a program representative?

We are always happy to speak with prospective students. We can also arrange campus meetings and class visits. Schedule an appointment, email, or call (619) 260-8803.

How will I know if my application has been received?

We will notify you when we have received your application. We will also inform you if you are missing any application materials.

What are the requirements for admission?

Here are the admission requirements into the master's in real estate program.

Do you have spring admission?

We do not. The MSRE program starts once a year in late August.

What are the most important criteria for admission?

Your academic and professional background will be comprehensively reviewed and considered. Note that strengths in some areas may offset weaknesses in others.

Can I take MSRE courses without being admitted to the MSRE program?

At this time, you cannot take MSRE courses without being admitted to the program.

Can I apply to other USD graduate programs and the MSRE in the same year, or move from one program to another?

Yes, based on your qualifications and the application process of the other programs.

Can I waive a course in the program?

Course waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Are transfer credits accepted?

We will evaluate transfer credits on a case-by-case basis.

What is your deferral policy?

We recommend submitting your application for the year you plan to enter the MSRE program. Postponements and deferrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What is a cohort-based program?

A cohort-based program is where students begin and end the program together. Students are in the same classes throughout the program. This type of program builds strong networks and a feeling of camaraderie between students that often continues past graduation.

How long is the program?

The full-time program is 10 months long and the part-time program is 22 months long.

How many students are admitted each year and what is the average size of the classes?

Each year, our cohorts contain approximately 25 students.

How many classes will be offered each semester?

Six to seven classes are required each term for full-time students while three classes are required each term for part-time students. A class may also be offered during the January intersession.

What time do classes start?

Classes generally start at 4 p.m. during the week. Weekend class times vary depending on the course.

Are there study abroad opportunities?

Yes, you will have an opportunity to study abroad during the January intersession. For more information visit the Ahlers Center for International Business.

Does USD offer scholarships/ fellowships? How do I apply for them?

Please see our website for information on scholarships available through the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and various trade associations. In addition, we offer graduate assistantships and Dean's Merit scholarships. Contact us at or (619) 260-8803 for details.

What are the qualifications to receive Financial Aid?

We recommend checking out the Financial Aid Office's website at or contacting us at or (619) 260-8803

Where can I find information on military benefits?

Contact us at or (619) 260-8803 for more details and we will put you in contact with the appropriate military benefits representative.

I am still an undergraduate student. Does the program require work experience?

We expect students to have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Determination on work experience relevance will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Do I need an undergraduate degree to pursue an MSRE?


Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

No. We strongly recommend that you have taken a basic business financial course and that you are proficient in Microsoft Office Excel.

Can my considerable work experience substitute for the GMAT?

Unfortunately, work experience cannot be substituted for the GMAT.

Will I be able to work during the program?

If you are a full-time student, we encourage you to find an internship and/or work part-time during the semester. Part-time students generally have full-time jobs while in the program.

Does my work experience need to be in business?

No. Determination on work experience relevance will be made on a case-by-case basis.

What job opportunities are available after graduation?

We have life-long career services available within the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, in addition to those offered by the University of San Diego. View the list of companies (PDF) that have hired MSRE students in the past.

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