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Application Instructions

The MSRE degree is designed for those who intend to pursue careers as real estate professionals. Admission is competitive, with the student body drawn from a pool of quality, ambitious applicants nationally and internationally. Prior academic performance is a key during the admissions process, however, the selection committee will also take into account any relevant professional experience and qualifications.

Please keep in mind that real estate courses are offered during the day typically 8.30am-4.30pm with one exception, while non-real estate courses can be taken as electives at other times.

Admission Deadline (Advanced & Regular standing)

Autumn 2023 applicants: GRE or GMAT is waived.

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents there is a soft deadlines of January 15th, for scholarship priority. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.

The admission deadlines for international applicants is January 15th. International applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials in advance of that date to allow sufficient time for review and visa processing.

All applications should be completed online to the:

Applicants should choose either the “Master of Science in Real Estate -Advanced” program or “Master of Science in Real Estate -Regular” depending on their undergraduate background


MSRE– Regular standing

MSRE– Advanced standing

Curriculum at a glance

Overview wheel

Overview wheel

Length – Full-time

2 years (6 quarters)

1 year (3 quarters)

Length – Part-time

Advisor/student coordination

2 years (6 quarters)

Total credit hours



Application Deadline

January 15th (hard deadline – Internationals and soft deadline – domestic),

(late applications will be considered, however, scholarships or placement cannot be guaranteed)

Admission qualifications*

Non-quantitative bachelor’s degree

(e.g. arts, humanities etc.)

Quantitative bachelor’s degree

(e.g. business, real estate, engineering/construction etc.)

* All transcripts will be reviewed for inclusion of quantitative courses [e.g. statistics, accounting/financial reporting, management, and visualization techniques(e.g. econometrics, programing, coding etc.)]

International students are required to enroll in 10 credits per quarter to maintain their visa status

Program Contact

Eli Heller – Graduate Program Advisor & Career Coach –

The MSRE is designated as a STEM degree. This designation makes international graduates eligible for up to 3 years post-graduation U.S. work eligibility.

Regardless of the MSRE standing, incoming students will be allowed to apply up to 6 credits of graduate level coursework or equivalent towards their MSRE degree, assuming they were not used for the completion of their undergraduate degree (per UW/Graduate School’s Policy

International Students

International applicants should look at the following two websites:

  • University of Washington – International Student Services: International Student Services help UW international applicants and students better understand the benefits and restrictions of F and J student visas, offer knowledgeable and empathetic advice, and provide support to UW international students so that they may reach their educational goals.

Application Checklist (Advanced & Regular standing)

Determination of the best suited MSRE standing (Advanced or Regular) based on applicant’s undergraduate degree:

A.  “Master of Science in Real Estate -Advanced”: Incoming students with a quantitative  bachelor’s degree (e.g. business, real estate or engineering/construction etc.), can pursue this pathway as they should have previously completed coursework in all the following areas:

    • Basic statistics
    • Introductory accounting and/or financial reporting
    • Introductory management techniques
    • Introductory visualization techniques

Applicant transcripts will be evaluated to confirm they met the advanced standing admission requirements for coursework in the above areas allowing them to complete the program with a minimum of 41 credits. Additionally, if an incoming student has obtained a non-quantitative bachelor’s degree, followed by a quantitative master’s degree they will be considered under the advance standing path.

B.“Master of Science in Real Estate -Regular”: Incoming students who possess a non-quantitative bachelor’s degree (e.g. arts, humanities etc.) and upon the review of their transcripts it is confirmed that they have not taken or successfully completed quantitative courses (e.g. statistics, accounting/financial reporting, management and visualization techniques). These students will be required to take a minimum of 70 credits, with a portion focusing on quantitative and background skills.

The following materials are required when applying;

  • Application Fee
    • An application fee of $85 (U.S.) is required for completing the online application to the University of Washington (UW) Graduate School
  • Resume
    • The resume should include:
    • Academic and professional experience
    • Academic and/or professional honors, prizes, or scholarships
    • Leadership positions
  • Statement of Purpose (750 words or less)
    • The statement of purpose should contain the following;
      • Your reason for applying to the MSRE program
      • Your expectations of how the MSRE can help to further your career objectives
      • Your academic background, extracurricular activities, professional experiences, community and/or volunteer work, and any other factors relevant to your interest in the real estate industry
      • Your quantitative skills either through professional experience, your previous degree, community college or other quantitative courses you have taken
  •  Personal History Statement (500 words or less)
    • This is not an academic statement of purpose, but a personal statement that addresses your intellectual growth and development, both inclusive of and beyond your academic goals. We ask for this statement due to our goal of enhancing the intellectual and social enrichment of the University of Washington community, which actively seeks and welcomes students from diverse backgrounds. The statement should detail:
      • Your personal history, family background, and other influences on your intellectual development
      • Educational, cultural, and economic opportunities and disadvantages you have experienced, and ways those experiences have affected the development of your special interests, career plans, and future goals
  • Transcripts
    • These are required from each college or university you have attended. Please upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts into the online application.
    • If you are accepted into the program, you’ll be asked to send an official sealed copy to the UW Graduate Admissions Office. Please do not send sealed copies to the Department of Real Estate.
  • References
    • We require two letters of recommendation. These should be submitted electronically by those writing the recommendations after you complete the UW Graduate School and MSRE online application. Letters of recommendation can come from either your professional or academic experiences.
  • GMAT or GRE – Autumn 2023 applicants: GRE or GMAT is waived
    • All applicants are required to take either the GMAT or GRE. You should aim for a well-balanced minimum GMAT score of 600 and for a score at or above 75% for the quantitative and verbal section of the GRE. We consider all applications on an individual basis and a high GMAT or GRE score doesn’t guarantee admission. Nor does a low score necessarily preclude admission. You can apply before you take either test. Please have the scores sent directly to the University of Washington.
  • Language
    • If English is not your first language you will require evidence of a minimum level of English. This can be provided through a well-balanced score in the TOEFL test. Please contact us for more information.