Experience the Only school of its kind in the nation

At the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management you will learn the full life cycle of the built environment. Fill an increasingly important role as an integrated project leader. Acquire a cohesive understanding of the built environment in addition to the specific educational discipline of your choice.

  • Your faculty all have professional certifications, not just academic—Your professors and the Burns School are directly connected to significant players in the Colorado Front Range, one of the most active real estate markets and construction areas in the U.S.
  • Experience on-site learning—Get out of the classroom and learn real estate and the built environment from the foundation up.
  • Pick up a tool—Read a plan and execute. Help build two houses each year in our Construction Lab. Pitch in on the annual student-led Playhouse Project built right on the Daniels campus grounds. Step into the future as we develop our Collaboratory, where innovation is key.

Our Unique and totally integrated program

The only program in the country integrating Real Estate, Project Delivery, and Asset Management education into a distinct foundational core representing the full life cycle of the built environment

  • The REBE Foundational core is a comprehensive, fully integrated curriculum designed to develop 21st-century business leaders in the Real Estate and Construction industries.
  • The REBE Foundation sets the stage for your success in one of our rigorous, career-oriented educational concentrations.
  • Each concentration focuses on industry-recognized core competencies and then expands to cover the most advanced topics relevant to the industry today.
  • Graduates of the REBE programs are uniquely prepared and equipped with the knowledge, skills and big picture perspective necessary to manage, lead, and innovate in this complex and high-risk industry.

Full Life Cycle of the Built Environment

Join Burns’ Winning Teams—Showcase your skills

Teams from the Burns School continue to win highly competitive real estate and construction management competitions. Does this matter? Yes. Just last year, after winning a competition, all Burns School team members had job offers before they returned to Denver.

Burns School students have competed in, and won, the following competitions:

  • National Association of Home Builders Competition
  • Associated Schools of Construction Competition
  • Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge
  • Sherman Miller Real Estate Competition
  • Urban Land Institute Student Competition
  • Design Build Institute of America Student Competition

Our History

The Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management was founded in 1938 as the Building Industry and Real Estate Program. In 1947, the school was renamed the Department of Real Estate and Construction Management (RECM). On May 6, 1997, the school was officially named the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management.

Offering undergraduate, graduate degree and executive master’s degree programs, the Burns School is one of the largest schools within the Daniels College of Business and the only school of its kind in the nation.

We’re proud of our long legacy at the forefront of the real estate and construction management industries.

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Our Namesake

Our school is named for Denver native Franklin Lane Burns (1914-1983), a visionary home builder. He was one of the first builders to bring affordable housing to lower-income families and returning WWII veterans. He was acclaimed as Denver’s premier home builder in the 1940s and 1950s. His wife sponsors the annual Joy S. Burns Woman of Enterprise Award and carries on the Burns legacy for our school.

Support the Burns School

Help us build a foundation for the future.

The Franklin L. Burns School is the oldest program of its kind housed in a college of business; our roots are strong. As we contemplate our future, we continue to recognize the unique intersection between business and the built environment and Burns is poised to take its integrated education approach to a new level. Today’s challenges and risks are multi-dimensional and companies are seeking graduates who know how to connect people, purpose and projects to deliver sustainable, comprehensive solutions. Students must be grounded in every aspect of the full life cycle of the built environment if they are to be prepared to lead and succeed in a real estate industry that is forever changed. These goals cannot be achieved without a strong investment from our community.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Support the Annual Fund

The Annual Fund supports all the added-value efforts of the Burns School as well as essential scholarship support for our students. Added Value programs include: Industry Information Sessions, Alumni & Friends Networking Events, the annual Student Playhouse Project, Student competitions and bringing in Industry Experts to speak to students and share their unique viewpoints and knowledge of the industry. It also augments support and student inclusion into our Women Leadership Boot Camp, and all our Conferences, Forums and Industry meetings including the Executive Real Estate Roundtable. The scholarships supported by the Annual Fund are the General RECM Scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students, The Women of Enterprise (WE) Scholarship Fund, the Burns Veterans Scholarship and the Barbara J. Jackson Leadership Scholarship Fund.

Support the Burns School Annual Fund

Real Estate Market Cycle Report

The Real Estate Market Cycle Report provides quarterly analysis on real estate market cycles, with reports covering five property types in 54 cities from professor Glenn Mueller.

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