Why Clemson?

We want our students to be great Place Makers, not just builders of projects.   The Future is Developing!

We believe knowledge cannot be bound by a classroom or an individual area of concentration.  As an MRED student, you will use current development projects in the rapidly growing, surrounding Southeastern states as a living, breathing classroom for the ultimate immersion learning experience.

Academic faculty have substantial professional experience and we also have several leading real estate professionals from the 1.4 million-person Greenville area who are class lecturer-instructors. We also have many guest speakers and are very active with the real estate development community. MRED is an applied professional program focusing on the best practices of the industry.

Class sizes are small to ensure that students have a nurturing environment that allows their natural talents to flourish. The program seeks an interdisciplinary student body that is entrepreneurial, yet team-oriented.

The program creates the educational opportunity for future development entrepreneurs to produce exciting, quality projects respecting environmental and economic sustainability, social consciousness, design excellence and financial feasibility within the risk-reward framework. The development industry is complex and requires leaders trained from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

The program primarily follows the principles of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), which acknowledges that development is a public-private partnership and that quality development requires integrating the perspectives of community, environment and economics.

The program focuses on the “master builder” concept, the methodology promoting an entire vision for a community through sustainable design, creative financing, place-making and healthy communities. A graduate will become a visionary who serves as a craftsperson and designer of neighborhoods and community development, one who recognizes the role of the developer in guiding the different aspects of creating the built environment—political, economic, physical, environmental, legal and sociological parameters.

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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