Real Estate Studies Certificate Programs: Classroom & Online

Real Estate Studies at Boston University's Center for Professional Education

Commercial Real Estate Practice – online program

The Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Practice will offer two classes
July 5 to August 22:

  • Real Estate Investment and Risk Analysis
  • Real Estate Due Diligence

Please call or email for more details.

A competitive market requires constant adaptation to stay ahead. For two decades, Boston University's Real Estate Studies Program has led the industry by challenging existing frameworks and introducing thoughtful new ideas.

BU’s Center for Professional Education offers four comprehensive programs covering an assortment of topics related to the real estate industry. Our faculty—made up of practicing professionals from a wide variety of specialties—bring firsthand knowledge and expertise to the classroom.

The Real Estate Studies Program offers certificates in the following topics:

On campus:
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Facilities Management
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Commercial Real Estate Practice

We are affiliated with the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Program Details

Program Dates

On campus:

A variety of courses are offered three times a year: September, January, and April. Most courses run for eight weeks.


Courses will be offered six times per year in September, November, January, March, May and July.


There are no specific requirements to enroll in the Real Estate Studies Program. Students may take all of the required courses for a certificate, or opt for a single course.

MET Course Waivers for CPE Alumni

Get a head start on a Master’s in City Planning or Urban Affairs

Students who earn a Center for Professional Education certificate in Commercial Real Estate or Real Estate Finance may apply coursework toward the Master of City Planning or Master of Urban Affairs degree programs at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Upon admittance to either program, a waiver of three graduate elective courses (12 credits) will be granted.

For more information on BU’s City Planning and Urban Affairs programs, or the certificate in Commercial Real Estate or Real Estate Finance, please call the Center for Professional Education at 617–353–4497.