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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 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 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with one exception, while non-real estate courses can be taken as electives at other times.

Admission Deadline (Advanced & Regular standing)

GRE or GMAT is not required

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

The admission deadline 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 in quantitative courses [e.g. statistics, accounting/financial reporting, management, and visualization techniques(e.g. econometrics, programming, 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 of 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 the 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 advanced 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 to complete 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
  • Personal Statement
    • This should include your career objectives, reasons for choosing to undertake graduate study in real estate, and expectations from the Runstad Department of Real Estate. Help us understand your personal goals and desires with respect to the field of real estate. This constitutes one of the major documents in the review of your application, and you are encouraged to prepare it very carefully.
    • In 1-2 pages, describe for us:
      1. your long-term career objectives
      2. your most substantial professional contributions or the situation that helped you define your professional objectives
      3. the central skills, knowledge, and experiences you will bring to graduate studies
      4. the factors that led you to decide that this program of graduate study offered by the Runstad Department would be most helpful to your career development
      5. any special area(s) within real estate
      6. please outline specifically your quantitative skills either through your professional experience, previous degree, community college, or other quantitative courses you took
  • 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.
  • 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 on the TOEFL test. Please contact us for more information.