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    Pursuing a career in real estate development with a degree in planning [was:how likely is it?]

    How likely is it to be able to pursue a career in real estate development with a masters degree in urban planning??

    I'm interested in studying urban planning and I feel like it's going to be a great foundation for an area like real estate development.

    Even after getting MUP, I'm willing to study real estate development in school if it's necessary. I would like to apply for MRED also if I can, but it seems like I need several years of experience, which I don't have at all. On the other hand, MUP doesn't really require experiences....

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    You should get a degree in what you want to do. There is a reason why MRED and MUP are different degrees. Real estate developers and urban planners have different views in how they look at development and cities. Real estate developers are more business/$ driven and urban planners are more focused on the long-term public benefit. If you are really interested in urban planning, take a few classes when you go for your MRED, it will be helpful in your career. I don't know why one would want to go through the trouble of 2 masters degrees in very related fields when you only want to really practice one.
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    MUP with real estate concentration?

    is there a way to concentrate on real estate development while getting MUP??

    If not, is there like a certificate/minor? I guess I can take real estate classes along with urban planning classes?

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    it depends on the school,

    some such as U of M have certificates that can be earned at the same time as an MUP (at no extra cost)
    http://www.tcaup.umich.edu/planning/...e_development/

    some, like U of W have MUPs with concentrations in real estate
    http://www.reuw.washington.edu/programs/

    some, like cornell have a dual-degree route that allows you to do two masters in 3 years
    http://aap.cornell.edu/aap/crp/progr...e-planning.cfm

    so there are lots and lots of options.

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