FAQs for the Real Estate Institute

Application Process and Requirements

    • Online application
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. college or university. International applicants submitting undergraduate or graduate transcripts must also submit a third-party evaluation of the transcripts. The School of Professional and Continuing Studies uses World Education Services.
    • English-language proficiency test scores (if English is not your first language).
    • A GMAT/GRE is NOT required. 
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (Work experience will be taken into consideration)
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement that includes your professional goals and aspirations
    • Resume or CV
    • Work experience is preferred, but not required for admission. We do accept qualified candidates without work experience who possess, among other criteria, exceptionally strong academic backgrounds, demonstrated leadership ability, and a strong potential for success in real estate.
    • $70 nonrefundable application fee
    • Supplemental essay: Students who do not meet the minimum requirements outlined above may apply with an additional essay stating why they would be good candidates for the program.
    • Online application
    • Bachelor’s degree transcript from an accredited university
    • Personal statement
    • Resume
  • To apply for a Joint Master's / Advanced Certificate, you simply check off the Advanced Certificate option within the online application. Students may apply for the added certificate after starting the MSRE, MSRED or MSCM.

  • No, a standardized test is not required for admission to a Fordham PCS graduate program.

  • Office of Admissions
    Fordham University
    School of Professional and Continuing Studies
    113 West 60th Street, Room 301
    New York, NY 10023

  • [email protected]

  • Yes, unofficial transcripts are sufficient for application review. If admitted into the program, you will be required to submit official copies prior to enrollment.

  • Yes. In order to conduct a complete and holistic review of an application, the Office of Admissions needs to evaluate transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

  • Prospective students may apply any time of the year, since applications are processed on a rolling basis. Students are admitted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be able to register for classes and apply for financial aid if needed.

  • Interviews are not required, but applicants who do meet with either the admissions team or the Real Estate Institute program office have the opportunity to have the application process expedited and their application fee waived.


  • All applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Note, graduate certificate and nonmatriculated applicants do not submit recommendation letters.

  • Recommendation letters should be written by individuals who have supervised you in an academic or professional setting and who can comment on your intellectual ability and leadership potential. Recommendations should not be written by friends or family members. You can have two professional, two academic, or one of each. We encourage you to share some information with your recommendation providers about the program to which you are applying, so they can tailor their recommendation appropriately.

  • Applicants will receive a final admission decision within three weeks of submitting all necessary materials to the Admissions Committee.

  • Yes, Express Admission Days are offered each semester where prospective students can bring a resume and transcripts, get an application fee waiver, and receive a decision on the spot.

  • Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of our monthly online information sessions. View upcoming dates for information sessions and our registration page.

  • Yes, we encourage prospective students to schedule an appointment to discuss the application process and the program. For an appointment with PCS Admissions, email [email protected] or call 212-636-6372. For an appointment with the REI Program Office, email [email protected] or call 212-636-7626.

Degree Programs and Course Information

  • The Fordham University Real Estate Institute offers the following graduate programs:

  • Yes, Fordham PCS offers an undergraduate real estate major and minor in cooperation with the REI.

  • The Fordham University Real Estate Institute offers four distinct graduate advanced certificate programs and an array of noncredit professional certificate programs.

  • The MSRE, MSRED, MSCM, and the four advanced certificate programs may be taken full-time (nine graduate credits) or part-time (less than nine graduate credits).

  • Yes, students who begin with a graduate certificate program may, with approval, matriculate into the full MSRE, MSRED, or MSCM degree program.

  • Yes, MSRE, MSRED and MSCM students can save time and money, and build their resumes, by pursuing the master’s degree and an advanced certificate simultaneously. MSRE, MSRED and MSCM students must declare their intention to complete the additional advanced certificate before they are conferred the MSRE, MSRED or MSCM degree.

  • Yes, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) Real Estate Institute (REI) welcomes industry professionals, prospective students, and applicants for future terms to take graduate real estate and construction classes as nonmatriculated students.

  • Currently, the MSRE, MSRED, MSCM, and a majority of the advanced certificate courses are offered online. 

  • Most on-campus graduate classes meet one evening per week from 6:10 to 8:50 p.m. Some classes are offered as a weekend, accelerated option.

  • New York City classes are conveniently held at the Lincoln Center campus in Midtown Manhattan, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023. Westchester campus classes are held at 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY 10604.

  • Yes, the Lincoln Center campus is one block west of NYC’s Central Park and the convenient public transit hub at Columbus Circle. Yes, parking is available at both campuses.

  • Yes, up to six credits may be transferred from an accredited M.S. in real estate or M.S. in construction management program (subject to the REI director’s approval), reducing the number of credits needed to graduate.

International Applicants

  • International students will be waived a standardized English language exam if they completed their undergraduate studies in an accredited university with English language instruction.

  • The I-20 will be issued by the Office of International Programs (OIP) for admitted graduate students. View additional details for I-20 processing.

  • If English is not the applicant's first language, we require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) given by the Education Testing Service. The competitive score of 607 paper-based, 254 computer-based, and 80 internet-based is required for consideration of admission. We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in lieu of a TOEFL. Competitive applicants must score a minimum of a six on the IELTS to be considered for admissions.

  • All credentials in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Transcripts from institutions not accredited in the United States or Canada must be evaluated course-by-course by World Education Services.

  • UPDATE: For Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 no GMAT or GRE is required for admission. In addition to the submission of a TOEFL or IELTS (If English is not the applicant's first language), the admissions committee requires a GMAT or GRE score to be submitted. There is no difference in the evaluation of the two standardized assessments, and the admissions committee believes both tests are valid in helping to predict academic success. For an applicant with a GPA of 3.0 and above, a competitive score for the GMAT/GRE should be in at least the 30th percentile. For an applicant with a GPA below 3.0, a competitive score for the GMAT/GRE should be in at least the 50th percentile.

  • Prospective students may apply any time of the year, since applications are processed on a rolling basis. International students are admitted for both the fall and spring semesters, and each includes priority deadlines.

    The priority deadlines are as follows:

    • Fall semester: April 30
    • Spring semester: September 30

Military Veterans

  • Yes. More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the Veterans Affairs website.

  • We are a proud participant of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements veterans who are eligible for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

  • All questions regarding veterans’ education benefits can be directed to Mara Saumell, [email protected], for the Lincoln Center campus or Seton Heslin-Scott, [email protected], for the Westchester campus.

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