Master's in Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

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

What are the requirements for admission?

Explore admissions requirements for the master's in real estate program.

Do you have spring admission?

We do not offer spring admission. The master's in real estate program starts once a year in 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 begin the Master of Science in Real Estate program. Postponements and deferrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

We welcome you to start your online application here

When is the application due?

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Deadlines are November 1, January 15, March 1, and the final deadline is May 1. 

Can I use the GRE or LSAT for admission?

You may submit a GRE score report, 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 years. TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years.

What is the minimum GMAT score required for admissions?

550 is the minimum GMAT score required for the master's in real estate program.

Does USD offer reimbursement for GMAT test preparation courses?

We want our future students to effectively prepare for the GMAT. We offer opportunities to qualify for a free GMAT prep course through our Breaking Barriers Diversity Initiative as well as GMAT prep book bundles throughout the year. Please email if you would like more information. 

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

The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 92. The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.

What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

The minimum GPA required for admission is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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

Please 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 candidates. Please schedule an appointment or contact Catherine Northcutt, MSRE recruitment manager at or call (619) 260-8803.

How will I know if my application has been received?

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

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

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and trade associations offer a variety of scholarship opportunities. In addition, we offer the Breaking Barriers diversity scholarship, graduate assistantships and dean's merit scholarships. Contact us at or (619) 260-8803 for details.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive financial aid?

To find out if you qualify for financial aid, visit the Financial Aid Office online or contact us directly at 260-8803.

Where can I find information on military benefits?

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

What is a cohort-based program?

The master's in real estate program is a cohort-based program, in which a group of students begin and end the program together. Students are in the same classes throughout the program. Cohort programs build strong networks and nurture camaraderie among 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 cohort includes approximately 25 students.

How many classes will be offered each semester?

Six to seven classes are required each term for full-time students. Three classes are required each term for part-time students. A class may also be offered during the January intersession and/or summer term.

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 January intersession. For more information, visit the Ahlers Center for International Business.

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 of work experience relevance will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Do I need an undergraduate degree to pursue an MSRE?

Yes, all applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

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 of work experience relevance will be made on a case-by-case basis.

What job opportunities are available after graduation?

We have lifelong career services available at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate in addition to those offered by the University of San Diego. View companies that have hired our MSRE students.

I have a question not addressed above...

Please contact us directly. You can email, call (619) 260-8803, or schedule an appointment for more information.