READ Certificate

Information on the Real Estate Analysis & Development Certificate

Real Estate Analysis & Development (READ) Certificate

The Real Estate Analysis & Development Certificate is designed to prepare students for opportunities to interact with the real estate industry. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities of real estate resources, which will assist them in both personal and professional investment decisions. Skills that will be enhanced include negotiations, investment analysis, enhanced financial techniques, and institutional knowledge of the real estate industry.

Students enrolled in the READ Certificate will be encouraged to participate in extracurricular opportunities that will enhance their technical proficiency, intellectual curiosity, and social dexterity within the real estate field. Opportunities include: Real Estate Boot Camp, The Real Estate Society Student Club, and Argus certificate training (the industry leading software analysis platform).

The Risk Management Department in the Smeal College of Business administers the program. The READ Certificate is only offered at the University Park campus and is available only to Smeal undergraduate majors (excluding Risk Management majors who are in the Real Estate option).


The READ Certificate requires 9 credits:

  • RM 303: Real Estate Fundamentals
  • RM 450: Contemporary Issues in Real Estate Markets

and one of the following courses:

  • BLAW/RM 424: Real Estate Law
  • FIN 460: Real Estate Financial Analysis
  • FIN 470: Real Estate Capital Markets
  • FIN 455: Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • REST 885: Real Estate and Business Valuation

A grade of "C" or higher is required in each course.

View our Real Estate Course Differentiation to see details on each course.


Students interested in the READ Certificate should only add the Certificate in LionPath after they have a permanent offer to their Smeal major. Instructions on how to add the Certificate to your degree in LionPath can be found here.