The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Belk College of Business is launching a master of science in real estate degree program that will begin in August.
“In good times and bad, the commercial real estate industry is one of the key drivers of the economy,” Belk Dean Steven Ott said in a news release. “There will always be a need for specially trained employees to manage the complexities of real estate finance, development and construction.”
Ott is the founding director of the university’s Center for Real Estate. Ott, who became dean in January, has named Dustin Read as his successor.
Read will serve as faculty director of the MSRE in addition to heading the Center for Real Estate.
UNCC is hoping to recruit an inaugural class of 12 to 15 students in the MSRE in the fall, building to an enrollment of 15 to 20 new students each year. Read said he expects the class to be a mix of part- and full-time students, including recent graduates looking to break into the industry and real estate professionals who want to move into management.
MSRE classes will cover various facets of commercial real estate, including law and land-use policy, finance and investment and construction and financial management.