Learn from Industry Experts & Expand Your Investing, Development & Finance Acumen

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Our real estate certificate program in partnership with the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate for those who want to expand and gain essential skills in financing, developing, managing, and selling commercial real estate projects, and explore the legal, entitlement, and environmental aspects as well as other important elements of development and project management.

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate provides course offerings to real estate professionals at all levels of career development through various academic and extracurricular programs. Our world-class faculty coupled with our extensive network of industry contacts provide students with a one-of-a-kind, personalized educational experience that positions them for successful careers in real estate. Learn more about the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate or visit Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate's Information Kit, here.

Who Should Attend

The Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development certificate is intended for real estate business professionals who wish to build a foundation for a career in the commercial real estate industry. Our stand-alone courses are great for professionals seeking proficiency in a specialized area.

Remote Learning

This certificate is offered online. The exception being one course, REP-X840 Real Estate Projects in Action, which consists of four distinct project site visits.

Schedule and Fees

Interested in starting the certificate program? Contact us at pce-bus@sandiego.edu to request a customized certificate plan.

Required Core Courses

Schedule and Enrollment Links

SP 2024

SU 2024

FA 2024


REP-X810 Managing the Entitlement Process 

- Jun 7 -


REP-X813 Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 101

Feb 6 - -


REP-X815 Real Estate Market Analysis

- May 11 -


REP-X816 Real Estate Finance

- - Sept 5


REP-X817 Legal Aspects of Real Estate

- TBD -


REP-X835 Real Estate Development Process

- - -


Required Seminar
Schedule and Enrollment Link
SP 2024 SU 2024 FA 2024 Fee*
REP-X806 CEQA Seminar  Jan 26 - -


Required Elective (Choose 2)
Course Schedule and Enrollment Links
SP 2024 SU 2024 FA 2024

REP-X814 Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 102

Mar 20   -


REP-X818 Property Management 

Apr 18 - -


REP-X828 Asset Management

- - Oct 3


REP-X838 Commercial Real Estate Valuation 

- Aug 24 -


REP-X842 Small Scale Development

- - Nov 16


One Time Certificate Fee       $45
Total Certificate Cost (8 courses, plus 1 seminar)       $3,795
All courses offered in our Online Fixed-Date with Remote/Zoom modality, except REP-X840 which is taught live   *Schedule and Fees are subject to change.

Benefits of the Real Estate Certificate Program

Whether you are an established entrepreneur or work for a well-known company, the real estate industry is a robust field that offers excellent career opportunities in a variety of sectors. Some of the benefits you can expect from earning your professional real estate certificate from the University of San Diego include:

  • Enhance your skills, proficiency, knowledge and marketability as a real estate professional.
  • Learn about the key segments of real estate to give you an edge in the market.
  • Grow your network and diversify your connections with others in the real estate field.

Real Estate Certificate Learner Outcomes

  • Develop competitive skills to identify sources of capital and other financing vehicles
  • Learn the intricacies of real estate investment and analysis
  • Examine the legal aspects of real estate as well as development and project management
  • Identify real estate development strategies that are necessary to compete in today's changing market
  • Examine the mandated, complex and time-consuming processes involved in every land use decision, including clarification of the entitlement, environmental impact and permitting procedures

Real Estate Certificate Requirements

To earn a professional certificate in Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development, complete the following requirements:

  • Complete 6 required courses
  • Complete CEQA seminar
  • Complete 2 elective courses
  • Complete all coursework with a final grade of 'C' or better
  • Attend 70% of all scheduled sessions - 3 of 4 sessions are required
  • Certificate Fee $45

Learn more about the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education Certificate Benefits and Policies.

Job Market & Career Outlook

There are many different types of companies in real estate. The key is to match your skill set with the opportunity — some people will thrive at a brokerage while others are better suited working as analysts for a larger real estate firm. Obtaining your real estate certificate will help diversify your skill set and make you a competitive job candidate in any real estate setting.

The USD Real Estate Courses and Certificate program is intended to supplement your real-life experience in the field with additional technical training in subjects such as financing, underwriting, asset management, real estate law and more. With a deeper knowledge of varying aspects of real estate, you can apply these new skills to succeed in any real estate career field.

Experienced Instructors

Stath Karras: Stath Karras is the Executive Director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) at the University of San Diego School of Business. Karras has decades of experience in many real estate industry roles, including serving as Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was involved in executive management, business development, receiverships and operations throughout the Southern California region. Karras was also president and chief executive officer at Burnham Real Estate Services. Outside of work, he served as chairman for the San Diego Regional EDC, chairman of CONNECT and co-chair of LEAD San Diego, and currently serves on the board of HG Fenton and as an advisor to multiple companies.

Scott Peterson: Scott Peterson is the Executive Vice President of CBRE Capital Markets, where he has successfully originated, underwritten and closed commercial mortgage debt and equity for all property types across the country. His areas of expertise include payment debt financing, joint venture equity, bridge loans, mezzanine debt and structured financing. Outside of work, Peterson is involved with NAIOP, Mortgage Bankers Association, Century Club of San Diego and other professional organizations in California and the U.S.

Justin Glasser: Justin Glasser is an Executive Managing Director and National Lead for Business Growth and Transformation within Valuation & Advisory (V&A) at Cushman & Wakefield. His areas of expertise include supporting all initiatives driving revenue growth, strategic planning and operational efficiencies for V&A in the Americas. His prior roles include Co-Practice Lead for Financial & Tax Reporting and National Business Development Lead. He has over 15 years of valuation experience and over 18 years of direct real estate experience.

Alexander Alemany: Alexander Alemany is the principal and founder of Hub & Spoke Communities, a real estate development company offering middle income housing in walkable, urban neighborhoods. He offers more than 15 years of experience in real estate development. He started his career working for another real estate developer on several iconic Miami residential projects, which formed part of the urban revitalization efforts of the Arts and Entertainment District. Later, he joined Marcus & Millichap in Los Angeles, where he served as a financial analyst underwriting loans for a wide range of commercial properties.


The University of San Diego's Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 


I am unsure if I want to pursue a certificate, can I make a decision after a few courses?

Yes, all courses can be taken as stand-alone professional development courses. Once you are ready to declare yourself as a certificate track student, make sure to add the certificate fee to your cart.

Do courses need to be taken in sequence?

No, courses can be taken in any sequence.

How long are courses and where do they meet?

Courses are typically four weeks long and students meet once a week via Zoom.

Are textbooks are required?

No, textbooks will not be required. All course materials will be shared via Blackboard.

Who can I contact to enroll?

You can simply add the course to cart and handle the entire enrollment process online. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Enrollment and Student Services at (619) 432-3790.

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