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. Any Smeal undergraduate major (excluding Risk Management majors who are in the Real Estate option) are eligible for the Certificate.

Requirements

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:

  • RM 424: Real Estate Law
  • RM 460: Real Estate Financial Analysis
  • RM 470: Real Estate Capital Markets

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

Due to course controls, students may experience issues registering for RM 460 and/or RM 470. Please contact Lara Jackson at ljw21@psu.edu or 814-867-6020 if you are attempting to schedule the course for the Certificate and are unable to schedule on LionPath.

Applying

Due to programmatic limitations in LionPath, students interested in the READ Certificate must only add the Certificate in LionPath during their last semester at Penn State. Instructions on how to add the Certificate to your degree in LionPath can be found here.