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The real estate market never stops changing, which is why you and your agents should never stop learning. REALTOR® University fosters lifelong learning through high-quality entrepreneurial and career-oriented programs in real estate so you can keep at the forefront of what’s next. Within REALTOR® University, the School of Professional Development and Continuing Education is the exclusive provider of courses leading to many of NAR’s official designations and certifications. The School also offers more than 400 hours of online education, including many courses now available for Continuing Education (CE) credits across the country. Together, these advanced education options will help you grow your business today and lead the future of real estate tomorrow.

REALTOR® University also offers a groundbreaking Master of Real Estate (MRE) program degree that helps REALTORS® advance their careers in today’s complex and constantly evolving real estate marketplace. “Our MRE program goes a long way toward raising professionalism in real estate and creating the highest standard of competence in the industry,” says REALTOR® University President and NAR Chief Executive Officer Dale Stinton.

A Real Differentiator in Real Estate

Envisioned by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) in 2010 and approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in 2012, the MRE program provides a top-tier education to real estate professionals everywhere. The 36 credit-hour, 12-course advanced degree program is offered in eight-week sessions, six times annually, and is taught by PhD-level academic practitioners. Like all REALTOR® University programs, the MRE program is delivered via a highly sophisticated global online academic environment to meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population.

The MRE coursework emphasizes the practical skills and concepts the real estate industry demands from real estate professionals and blends theory with real-world applications. “The MRE degree provides a real differentiator for REALTORS®, whether they are just starting out or have had a long career,” says Richard Rosenthal, chairman of the Board of Regents, REALTOR® University. “There is a lot of focus on the business core courses, as well as on topics from real estate law to real estate management—practical information on how to run a business on a day-to-day basis.”

Holistic Understanding of the Profession

Courses include a business and real estate core curriculum and five concentrations: Real Estate Association Management; Residential Sales, Marketing and Management; Asset and Property Management; Appraisal and Valuation Services; and Commercial Real Estate, Investment and Analysis. The concentrations provide students the opportunity to learn the general principles necessary for effective real estate decision-making.

“The MRE degree gives students a thorough, comprehensive and holistic understanding of a particular area of the real estate profession,” says David Overbye, Dean of Academic Affairs, REALTOR® University. “The program can give you the ability to do different things than you are doing right now. It can also give you advanced concepts and an in-depth understanding in the areas you’re already practicing so you can become more specialized.”

Scholarships are available, based on merit. REALTOR® University matches scholarship donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000. To date, $600,000 has been committed to scholarships.

Together, the MRE program and the School of Professional Development and Continuing Education help REALTOR® University strive toward its goal of creating the leading resource for professional development, continuing education and advanced education, addressing the needs of REALTORS® and the real estate industry.

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