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Welcome to the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) Program


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The complexities and dynamics of today’s real estate industry demand professionals who view themselves as stewards of our world’s fragile resources and who believe in responsible land use. Clemson University’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program recognizes that responsible development is not just a real estate industry fad. It is a way of life and a way of work.

That’s why the Clemson MRED strives to send its graduates into the world with the building blocks to become champions of responsible development and sustainable growth, within the context of economic feasibility and value creation.


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The Clemson Experience

Clemson MRED students come from a broad range of undergraduate disciplines such as architecture, business, finance, civil engineering, urban affairs/planning, landscape architecture, construction science and management, economics, geography, environmental science, social sciences, accounting and marketing.

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Mission & Philosophy

Clemson University’s two-year, full time Master of Real Estate Development program, located in the Southeastern United States, educates students to become professional leaders and innovators in the development of sustainable communities.

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The Final Practicum

The Capstone Practicum Course has three-four competing internal teams preparing a complete feasibility package presented to an investment jury for a site; these are usually mixed-use sites in Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Asheville and other regional locations.

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Development Tours

Students tour developments and meet professionals for over 30 days during their two-year program. First-year students tour the South Carolina Coast for 10 days in May from Myrtle Beach through Charleston to Hilton Head Island and Savannah, GA.

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Alumni TestimonialsDon't just take our word for it.

"The Clemson MRED program also instilled in me a lifelong commitment to the principles of the Urban Land Institute, an organization which has been an invaluable outlet for ongoing learning, service, networking, and relationship building among industry leaders and fellow MRED alumni. This commitment has led to numerous leadership opportunities and posts as both Chairman and Vice-Chairman of ULI Charlotte's Young Leaders Group."
Charles Rulick, MRED ‘07, Vice President, Conventional Multi-Family Development, Miller-Valentine Group, Charlotte, NC.
"The multidisciplinary approach that Clemson's program facilitates really has helped me stand out amongst other colleagues in my career endeavors. Unlike other programs that are focused on one segment such as real estate finance, my extensive background knowledge helps me to be able to contribute ideas and perspectives to all aspects of a real estate deal - from horizontal development, to feasibility analysis, the construction process, to the real estate laws that are important to major commercial real estate transactions. I believe this knowledge has immensely helped my respect amongst real estate peers and increased my overall business volume."
Leila (Blackmon) Hunter, MRED ‘09, Senior Associate—Retail Investment Sales, Jones Lang LaSalle, Orlando, FL.
"Clemson’s unique interdisciplinary program, coupled with a talented professor base and real world application of real estate best practices truly sets itself apart from other Real Estate graduate programs. My passion and understanding of real estate development increased ten-fold during my time at Clemson and served as a spring board to my career in the hospitality business. The sky is the limit…and Clemson made it possible."
Ryan Bowes, MRED '08, Director, Americas Capital Planning & Analysis, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Stamford, Connecticut.
"Clemson’s MRED program allowed me to accomplish my life-long dream of pursuing a career in real estate development. Its well-rounded curriculum allowed me to integrate my background in Architecture (Ohio State University) and Finance (Franklin University) and prepared me to assume a key position upon graduation. I was also attracted to the program’s southeastern location due to the projected population growth in the region. The depth and diversity of the Advancement Board and growing alumni provided invaluable introductions for business and job opportunities."
Ronn Stewart, MRED ’08, Project Executive-High Rise Projects, Flaherty and Collins Properties, Indianapolis, IN.
"With a five-year architecture degree from LSU, I was searching for a school that filled the “reality” gap in my career. For me, Clemson MRED filled that gap. We were taught real-life aspects of development, not just tools of the trade. In addition to the standard skillset – underwriting, discounted cash-flow analysis, ARGUS, time value of money, etc. – we were taught people skills such as networking, etiquette, moral responsibility, and more. Through the connections made while at Clemson, I landed an incredible summer internship as well as a great full-time job upon graduation. I cannot speak highly enough for the MRED program, faculty, and all who support it."
Jeremy Bunner, MRED ’14, Analyst, Allegiance Realty Corporation, Charlotte, NC.
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