Coronavirus Update

For the safety of our community, UWPCE programs will be taught remotely for the 2020-21 academic year.

For more information, see our Coronavirus FAQ

Application Deadline

The program begins in October 2020. We are accepting applications until 5 p.m. on August 6, 2020. We will consider applications received after that date if space is available.

Application Steps

Step 1: Gather the following materials

  • A brief letter (250-word maximum) that describes your relevant experience, transferable skills, knowledge of the field and commitment to professional growth
  • A resume that highlights how your education and any applicable experience fulfill the program's admission requirements

Step 2: Apply

Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.

After Applying

We’ll contact you by August 28, 2020, to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.

If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Program seats will be held for accepted students until September 3, 2020. At that point, waitlisted students will be given an option to enroll. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.

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Admission to this program is competitive. Selection is based not only on meeting minimum application requirements and qualifications, but also on your professional experience and demonstrated intent to complete the entire program. 


You must have completed at least four years of college study, or have the equivalent in college credits, or have at least 10 years of work experience in the field of commercial real estate. You must also meet one of the following work experience requirements:

  • At least three years of experience in commercial real estate (property management, brokerage, appraisal, development, investment, etc.)
  • At least three years of experience working on commercial real estate projects in related disciplines (architecture, construction, finance, law and planning, etc.)
  • At least two years of commercial real estate experience in the public, nonprofit sector
  • At least three years of institutional experience with commercial facilities management and/or commercial real estate-related policymaking


We prioritize applicants who show a commitment to complete the entire certificate program (all three quarters), as networking and developing bonds with other students is an important element of the program. Additionally, the certificate requires completion of a capstone project, a group project that spans all three quarters; it’s therefore disruptive if a student leaves before completing the program.

You can demonstrate your intent to complete the entire program in the following ways:

  • Company sponsorship
  • Stated commitment to the program
  • Evidence showing that completing the program will enhance your current or future career


This program accepts students from a variety of professional backgrounds related to commercial real estate, including but not limited to property management, brokerage, appraisal, development, investment, construction, architecture, law and finance. The success of this program relies on attracting a professionally diverse cohort that is reflective of the commercial real estate industry. This means that in some years applicants from certain professions will be more competitive than others, depending on the overall applicant mix. 

English Proficiency

If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.

International Students

To enroll, 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.

Technology Requirements

You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.

Earning the Certificate

You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.

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