Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Real Estate Development

General Information

Degrees Offered


The complexities of the real estate development process require future professionals to be trained from diverse disciplinary perspectives in order to take leadership positions in the industry. These professionals must be ready to combine the intuition of an artist and the rigor of a scientist. Clemson’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program provides the solid foundation that can prepare you to take your career to the next level. Clemson’s MRED program will give you the education and skills needed to produce vibrant, quality projects that respect environmental and economic sustainability, social consciousness, design excellence and financial feasibility within the risk-reward framework. This exciting program is a full-time, two-year professional degree jointly offered by the University’s School of Planning, Development, Preservation and Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the Department of Finance in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. The program provides an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates six disciplines—MBA, finance, law, city and regional planning, architecture and construction science and management courses.

The program focuses on the “master builder” concept, the methodology that promotes an entire vision for a community through sustainable design, creative financing methods, place-making and healthy communities. The program aims to help you become a visionary who is able to serve as craftsperson and designer of neighborhoods and community developments. You will recognize the role of the developer in guiding the different aspects of creating the built environment—political, economic, physical, environmental, legal and sociological. We want you to be a great “place maker,” not just a builder of projects.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Amy Matthews)

Application Requirements


You may apply on the web at Completed applications are due February 15 for first round admissions and priorities for any research analyst positions. Later applications may be accepted based on merit and individual circumstances. No specific bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required for admission, although priority is given to those from related disciplines. Admission is allowed only in the fall semester due to class sequencing. Admission into the program is based on satisfactory GMAT or GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, academic background and related transcript (a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred), resume, personal statement of objectives (600–1500 words) and work experience, if any. International students are expected to have exceptional TOEFL scores, complementing the GMAT or GRE.

“The result [of an academic program] should be a real estate entrepreneur with the creativity of Leonardo da Vinci, the sensitivity for the natural world of John Muir and the political humanity with cash management for profit of James Rouse.”

—James Graaskamp, Former ULI Trustee & Renowned Educator

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Amy Matthews)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

Some first-year students obtain research analyst positions for 10 hours per week assisting professors in research at the CRED. Positions typically require interns to have transportation throughout the metro area (up to a 60-mile radius). The program requires a 10-week summer internship with a real estate business anywhere in the world.

Tuition costs for the MRED program are different from the Graduate School fee structure; they are structured to ensure the financial commitment for the program’s national reputation and growth. No tuition waivers or reductions are provided, although research analyst positions are available. MRED students pay the same tuition for both years of the program based upon the academic year rate established for the year in which they enter the program. This includes tuition for the Minimester tour class and the summer internship. The Minimester class requires an additional $500 for travel expenses, including most meals. See the Cost of Living page for details.

Course of Study

Program of Study

At Clemson, we are committed to a program that primarily follows the principles of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), which acknowledges that development is a public-private partnership and that quality development requires integrating the perspectives of community, environment and economics. Clemson’s MRED program uses an array of teaching formats, including lectures, seminars, workshops and field work, computers, video and slides, case studies, tours and extensive class participation. Entering classes typically have 20 students.

Current Program


Student study space, computer workstations, studios and a lounge area are available. Lee Hall includes the School of Design and Building collection in the Emery Gunnin Library with more than 40,000 books, 85,000 slides, video recordings and professional journals and periodicals. Five student-computing labs provide various software and hardware resources, including ESRI, ERDAS and Trimble GIS and GPS software.

Our Students

The program seeks an interdisciplinary student body whose members are entrepreneurial, yet team-oriented. No specific bachelor’s degree is required. Work experience is not required, although preferred.

Program Coordinators

  • Robert Benedict
  • Program Director
  • 1 North Main St., Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone: (864) 656.2476
  • Email:
  • Amy Matthews
  • Program Coordinator
  • 1 North Main St., Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone: (864) 656.4257
  • Email:

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About ELS

Conditional language admission is offered to graduate candidates who have met all admission requirements except language proficiency. Students may meet language proficiency requirements through completion of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program.

Standardized Exam

The academic program reserves the right to require applicants admitted with conditional letters of admission (CLAs) to post adequate GMAT or GRE scores prior to matriculating into the program.