Build Your Commercial Real Estate Career
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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.
Applicants must have completed at least four years of college (or the equivalent in college credits or have 10+ years of work experience in the field of commercial real estate). Applicants must also meet one of the following work experience requirements:
Company sponsorship or other evidence of commitment to complete the program often strengthens a participant's motivation to succeed in the program. Sponsored applicants are usually ranked highly in the selection process.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll in this program, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
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.
Introduction & Static Analysis of Commercial Real Estate
Development Process & Project Sensitivity Analysis
Legal & Taxation Issues & Interdisciplinary Decision-Making in Real Estate
Certificate in Commercial Real Estate
Developed in partnership with the UW College of Built Environments and the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Matt Anderson, Principal, Heartland, LLC
Dan Barrett, Executive Vice President, Sellen Construction
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
Will Castillo, Principal, GGLO
Jessie Clawson, Attorney-at-Law, McCullough Hill
Shauna Decker, Architect, R.C. Hedreen Company
Armand Eichhorn, Assistant Director, University of Washington
Patrick Foley, Principal, Lake Union Partners
Bill Fuller, Fuller/Sears Architects
Charlie Hafenbrack, Business Development, GLY Construction
Angela Jin, Executive Assistant and Project Associate, Heartland LLC
Ashleigh Kilcup, Director of Marketing, Tarragon
Joe Polito, Development Manager, Touchstone
James S. Reinhardsen, Managing Director, Heartland LLC
Ben Reinhardsen, Estimator, PCL Construction
Matt Roewe, Director, VIA Architecture
Lisa Rutzick, Design Review Program Manager, City of Seattle - DPD
John Shaw, Jr., Principal, Bolder Solution
Dylan Simon, Associate, Colliers
Jonas Sylvester, Chief Investment Officer, Unico Properties
Nathan Torgelson, Policy and Development Manager, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation
Charles Waterman, Principal, Hamilton Urban Partners
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Principal & Senior Project Director, Heartland
Principal & Senior Managing Director, Heartland
Learn from experienced managers as you get specialized training in project planning, budgeting, scheduling, quality control, safety, contracts and staff development.
Learn the essentials of operations, maintenance, budgeting and business planning and discover how to reduce costs, improve productivity and pursue sustainability.
Develop the tools you need to guide sophisticated projects involving cross-functional teams. Study a curriculum that aligns with the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.