Certificate in Commercial Real Estate

Build Your Commercial Real Estate Career


Program Details

  • Location: Downtown Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $5,307

Next start date:

October 2024

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About this Program

Commercial real estate is the raw material of a region’s economy. The Seattle market is experiencing huge growth, which means both increased opportunity and heightened competition. Staying current and getting an insider’s perspective on the industry can give you the edge you need to succeed.

In this three-course program, we’ll explore commercial real estate as an interdisciplinary field. You’ll delve into various aspects relating to finance, development, property management and marketing. Gain valuable insight into best practices and industry trends, and connect with others in this fast-moving profession.


Real estate professionals and those in related fields such as architecture, construction, law and planning.

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Video Overview

Hear from instructor Patrick Foley about the Certificate in Commercial Real Estate at the University of Washington and how it can prepare you for this in-demand field.

Duration: 02:27


  • How to spot trends in commercial real estate development
  • Static and dynamic analysis skills for office, retail, industrial and multifamily residential property types
  • Strategies for marketing and sales of existing properties
  • The real estate development process and associated legal and taxation issues
  • Property management techniques


  • Create a development proposal for an actual Seattle-area site
  • Go on field trips to local property development sites

Apply for the NAIOPWA DEI Scholarship

NAIOP Washington State (NAIOPWA) is a local networking, education and advocacy association in commercial real estate. The organization believes that a strong community is one where all are welcomed, included and supported.


For this reason, NAIOPWA's DEI committee is partnering with UW to continue building a diverse, equitable and inclusive CRE community. The NAIOPWA DEI Scholarship is dedicated to strengthening the representation and retention of women and underrepresented groups in the industry.

After you apply to the Certificate in Commercial Real Estate, you'll receive a link to apply to the NAIOPWA DEI Scholarship. For more information, see the NAIOPWA Scholarship page.

Career Stats


Alumni working in field

Top Employers

Seneca Group, GLY Construction, Holland Partner Group, Amazon, Devco, JLL


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format



Attend classes at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face-to-face face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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