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

A competitive market requires constant adaptation to stay ahead. For three 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.

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

On campus: Online:
  • Commercial Real Estate Practice (OCRE) - Effective May 20, 2020, for the foreseeable future, the online Commercial Real Estate Practice program has been discontinued.  We will allow substitutions of other courses in our Real Estate curriculum to help students complete their certificate.  Historic information, including course descriptions, is available here.  

Special Webinar Series

This spring, the Real Estate Studies program offered a 7-part webinar series on the future of the industry in the age of the coronavirus.  


We are affiliated with the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB).

Program Details

Program Dates

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


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.

Get a head start on a Master’s in City Planning

MET Course Waivers for those students who completed a certificate in either Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Finance.  CPE certificate holders will be granted a waiver of three graduate-level elective courses (12 credits) toward a Master of City Planning.

For more information on BU’s City Planning program, please call 617-353-3025 or visit For more information on the certificate in Commercial Real Estate or Real Estate Finance, please call the Center for Professional Education at 617-353-4497.

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