Two Commercial Development Degree Programs in Virginia

 Comparing Development Degree Programs:

George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University


I attended NAIOP’s annual Northern Virginia Bus Tour yesterday in McLean, Virginia. Many leading area developers were there along with firms involved with planning, development, construction and management of commercial properties.

Two presenters were involved in the creation of future developers. Representatives from two universities had booths at the pre-tour trade show: George Mason and Johns Hopkins. They were both highlighting their degree programs in the field of commercial development.  Here are descriptions from their websites about each.

George Mason MS in Real Estate Development offers:

  • A carefully designed curriculum providing the practical skills needed to understand, structure and lead successful real estate development projects.
  • A cross-disciplinary program drawing on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Management, School of Public Policy, and Volgenau School of Engineering.
  • A rich environment within which to study real estate development (including on-site case studies of major projects throughout the National Capital Region, classroom meetings with accomplished area professionals, and workshops with leading regional development practitioners).
  • A forum for professional development presenting you with unique opportunities to connect with the Northern Virginia–metropolitan Washington, D.C., real estate development community through Mason’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.

Information from website:

Johns Hopkins’ Edward St. John Real Estate Program, MS in Real Estate and Infrastructure:

  • Prepares individuals for leadership careers in real estate, urban development, and infrastructure through rigorous and intensive interdisciplinary graduate real estate studies.
  • Conducts research projects and sponsors special seminars addressing relevant issues for the professional real estate and infrastructure community.
  • Provides continuing professional education programs for real estate and infrastructure professionals who wish to advance or enhance their careers through noncredit courses, conferences, and workshops.
  • Offers scholarship opportunities for qualified students.

Information from online brochure:


(Bottom-center photo courtesy NAIOP Northern Virginia)


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