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A Master’s in Real Estate and the Built Environment

Building Integrated Project Leaders

Support Your Career with a Solid Foundation
At the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, we take a holistic approach to the business of the built environment—providing a 360-degree view of a project life cycle. Leadership skills, management training and business acumen are in high-demand.

Your Blueprint for Success
As the only Real Estate and the Built Environment program from a renowned and accredited business college, our aim is to turn experienced professionals into visionary leaders.



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Join students who come to Daniels from across the U.S. and around the world for a rigorous business education.

Admissions Information


Master of Science

The Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment can be completed in one year full-time or 18 months part-time. Our program gives you the full range of real estate, property development and integrated project delivery you need to succeed in real estate development.

My experience at Daniels prepared me to lead with character and conviction. The proformas and other analysis tools used in my courses are still useful for me in my day-to-day operations. More important than knowing how to analyze potential projects, I believe that conducting yourself in an ethical manner is crucial to having a long-term, successful career in the commercial real estate industry.”

– Jake Hallauer, Vice President, Chrisland Commercial Real Estate, Inc
MS Real Estate and Construction Management

U.S. News & World Report ranks our online programs No. 22 out of 242 programs.

Executive Master of Science

The Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment can be completed in as little as 18 months or up to five years. This program is a flexible, online degree program designed for working professionals with 5+ years of relevant work experience who want to progress in their corporate or entrepreneurial careers in real estate, property development or integrated project delivery. One three-day course in residence is required in addition to online studies. The online classes are offered in a synchronous manner one evening per week for a total of 10 weeks.

Learn from Industry Experts

… in the classroom and in the field – locally and around the world.

  • Gain insight and expertise from faculty members who are well-connected throughout the industry.
  • Obtain immediate experience in all aspects of real estate development by teaming up with developers in our unique Residential Practicum or the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) projects.
  • Enroll in our real estate capital markets class where you’ll manage and evaluate assets in the Mueller Real Estate Investment Fund.
  • Travel the world to meet with government officials, builders, developers and experts and learn firsthand about international real estate and construction through our global delegations.
  • Experience the power of our extensive alumni network in nearly every major city in the world (35,000+ strong). Access guidance and support when you need to close a deal, gain a local perspective or explore professional opportunities.

Full Life Cycle of the Built Environment

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


REBE graduate degrees provide students with an understanding of the full life cycle of the built environment while acquiring expertise in a specific educational discipline of their choice. It can be completed in one year full-time or 18 months part-time.

Choose from either our online Executive Master of Science or our on-campus MS degree:

Online Executive MS:
An 18-24 month, 48 credit program taken online in a synchronous classroom experience. One three-day course in residence is required. Ethics and values based leadership are integrated throughout the curriculum.

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On-campus MS:
A 12+ month, full- or part-time, 48-credit on campus program. Ethics and values based leadership are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Download the MSREBE Degree Plan

Course Descriptions

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Concentrations & Dual Degrees

The Burns School offers unique opportunities for students to earn two master’s-level degrees simultaneously or to pursue an MBA with a real estate, property development and integrated project delivery concentration.

You can also add another dimension to your industry knowledge by combining the MSREBE with a juris doctor (JD) from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

For more information about any of these options, please contact a graduate admissions manager.

Graduate students at the Burns School concentrate in either residential or commercial real estate development. Select from one of three tracks or choose a customized option:

  • Real Estate—Finance, financial analysis, valuation and appraisal, investment, capital markets and corporate real estate.
  • Property Development—Feasibility, planning, entitlements, finance, building systems, construction management, facilities and asset management.
  • Integrated Project Delivery—Preconstruction planning, design phase management, procurement, construction project management and commissioning.

Experiential Learning

Learning at Burns is not confined to classrooms or even continents. Our approach to learning is interdisciplinary and high impact. You learn business lessons because you live them. You acquire business skills because you use them when the stakes are real.


Hosted by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), this annual event is a competition between graduate students of the Burns School and the University of Colorado Real Estate Program. Both schools receive the same project challenge at the start of winter quarter and a class is formed around working with industry professional to decide best use and feasibility of the property, financing, marketing and design of the project incorporating LEED and other areas of sustainability. After an internal competition to decide who will best represent their programs, each school’s chosen team presents their ideas at an annual NAIOP dinner of 700+ attendees. A pre-chosen panel of judges decides the winner of the competition based on real-life analysis of all phases of the development. To date, the Burns School has enjoyed five victories in the eight years of this competition.


The Burns School Home Builders Academy creates a hands-on learning experience for construction management students at DU by partnering with local homebuilder industry partners to create a home building learning lab. Students will not only be exposed to the home building process and the management of that process through the lab experience, but they will also be exposed to the business aspects of planning and running the many homebuilder supply chain entities needed to support the industry. In addition to the on-hands learning lab, the Burns School is also developing a fully online non-degree Home Builders Academy Certificate comprised of a series of short courses designed to address the keys topics associated with building, managing, and growing the residential construction company. This online certificate program is coming soon.


Started by Professor Glenn Mueller and his wife, Jan, the Fund provides capital for students enrolled in the Real Estate Capital Market class to manage. Students analyze and select real estate investments, establish portfolio strategies and carefully evaluate portfolio performance.

Company Information Sessions

To give our students unprecedented access to the industry leaders, the Burns School hosts companies and industry experts in the classroom and as separate events for networking and recruiting. We coordinate job postings and interviews in conjunction with these sessions.


Student-run organizations such as the RECM Club, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Student Chapter, Alpha Sigma Gamma, Sigma Lambda Chi, an international construction honor society, and an international Real Estate honor society provide networking and mentorship opportunities.


Scholarships are available for any student who meets the listed requirements. Don’t let finances keep you from pursuing your education and expanding your career.

Note: Please read all “Application Guidelines” on the first page of the application and fill it out completely to be considered. Applications must be received by the required deadlines. Contact the Burns School for more information: 303.871.3432.

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Connect With Us

Our Executive Master and Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment degrees are a great fit for many different types of leaders. We’re here to give you the right amount of guidance and support paired with the ability to customize your journey. You can complete our program in timeframes ranging from a year and a half to a full five years, so it really it is an education made just for you.

Connect with an admissions manager, program director or graduate student ambassador to learn more about the Real Estate and the Built Environment program. You can also attend an admissions event or contact Graduate Admissions & Academic Services at or +1 303.871.3416.

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