Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment

As the only real estate and construction management program in an accredited business college, we offer a comprehensive, fully integrated curriculum designed to develop business leaders with the knowledge, skills and holistic perspective needed to lead in the real estate and construction industries.

Real Estate

Project Delivery

Asset Management

Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment Program Snapshot

Academic Term

10-week quarters

Entry Points

Fall quarter (September)
Spring quarter (March)

Program Length

12+ months full time or 18+ months part time


Real Estate
Real Estate Development
Construction Management
Integrated Project Delivery
Customize your own

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Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment Program Tuition

Base tuition (2024-2025): $80,064  |   Typical scholarship range (% of tuition): 10-40%*

* Scholarships are based on academic record, testing and employment credentials, and are not guaranteed. Contact or 303-871-3416 for more information.

Building a Better Way

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.

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.

Hear from a student why they chose the MS in real estate and the built environment at Daniels

 Program highlights

  • Build a strong network in Denver, one of the strongest real estate and construction markets in the country.
  • With 36 classes to choose from, build a degree that fits your interests.
  • Use our high-tech learning and networking space, the Collaboratory, which offers both immersive teaching and collaboration tools and a network of industry professionals available to advise you.
  • Get credits toward 7 professional certifications while you earn your degree.

Get Ahead With Professional Certifications

Earn credit towards the following certifications while earning your degree.

  • Design Build Institute of America
  • Designated Design-Build Professional
  • Certified Property Manager
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • Appraisal Institute
  • FIABCA International Real Estate
  • Procore Construction Software

Start With a Graduate Certificate

Do you want to build your skills but aren’t ready to commit to a master’s degree? You can start by taking courses toward a 4- or 6-course certificate in Real Estate Development, Real Estate Investment or Construction Project Management. If you decide you want to continue on and earn your master’s, you can apply the credits you’ve already earned. Learn more about graduate certificates.

Alumna Profile

Taylor Iascone, MS 2018

Taylor Iascone, MS 2018

Project Engineer, Swinerton Builders

After years working in facilities leadership, Taylor realized she’d hit the glass ceiling and decided an advanced degree was her way out. Her degree gave her much more than a diploma. 

Apply to the MS in Real Estate and the Built Environment

We welcome applicants from all professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. No prior work experience—or background in business—is required. To apply, you must submit:

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional resume
  • Essays
  • $100 application fee

GMAT or GRE scores are optional. If you determine that your application will be stronger with GMAT or GRE scores, please submit them when you apply.

All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships. No additional application is needed.

Visit our graduate admissions page for more information about application requirements.

FAQs for the MS in Real Estate and the Built Environment

What type of degree do you have to have to be considered for the program?

No specific degree is required, however you do need to show good quantitative skills. If you don’t have a business degree or degree that is quantitatively heavy, you might want to consider doing a GMAT to show you have the skills to handle the course work.

What type of experience do you like to see for the program?

A couple of years of general professional experience will help. We really like real estate, construction, finance, engineering, architecture, or banking experience for the program. We do consider students directly from undergrad into the program, but encourage them to find an internship or take a part-time job in the industry to help with job opportunities after graduation.

Where do your graduates go after graduation?

Because the program is very diverse and offers so many courses, there is no one set career path. Also our students are very diverse in their experience and education as well. So we have students working in construction companies, development companies, commercial real estate, real estate finance, asset management, property management, or private investing. The list goes on because there are so many avenues and different experiences that our students spread across the industry.

What is the age range of people in the program?

We have ages from directly out of undergrad and people who are in their 50’s making career changes. So the group creates a very interesting classroom experience for everyone.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program is very flexible. You can complete it in 18 months to 2 years – this is sweet spot for most full time students, because it allows them to have time to take part in the various competitions and extra resume building activities the Burns School offers. However, we do have part-time students who take advantage of the flexibility of the program and take 3-5 years to complete.

Are there additional scholarships available for this program?

Yes, the industry is full of different organizations offering scholarship opportunities for students pursuing a degree in either construction or real estate.

Once you’re accepted into the program, contact the Burns School for a list of available scholarships.

Have other questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 303-871-3416.

Connect With a Student

Our graduate student ambassadors are happy to share their personal experiences about Daniels and Denver with you. Feel free to email an ambassador with your questions or to arrange a time to come to the beautiful University of Denver campus and meet them.

Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment
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