Degree Requirements

The MSRED program at MIT requires specific courses in order for students to gain the degree, rather than a specific number of credits.  To be recommended for the degree, MSRED students must maintain a 4.0 out of 5.0 GPA and complete 6 core courses, plus one to two electives per term, plus a thesis. The current (2021 – 2022) MSRED Degree Requirements chart is a helpful guide for course planning.

Required Units
Core Courses – 60 Units
Electives – 39 Units (24 Units from Required Electives list)
Thesis – 12 Units
Total – 111 Units

Core Courses (60 Units)

Students must successfully complete the specified MSRED core courses:

11.303: Real Estate Development Studio (18 units)
11.350: Sustainable Real Estate (12 units)
11.431: Real Estate Finance and Investment (12 units)
11.433: Real Estate Economics (12 units)
11.450: Real Estate Building Systems (3 units)
11.499: Thesis Prep (3 units)

Electives & Seminars (39 Units)*

Students can choose from a variety of elective and seminar courses throughout MIT or at Harvard through the MIT/Harvard cross-registration program.  International Students: Please be aware of the Center for Real Estate’s English Evaluation Test (EET) Policy.

Fall Semester Required Electives List*
A minimum of 6 units from the following courses must be taken in the fall semester.
(*A minimum of 24 units from the spring and/or fall electives lists is required for program completion)

11.301: Introduction to Urban Design and Development (12 units)
11.345: Entrepreneurship in Construction and Real Estate Development (6 units)
11.351: Real Estate Ventures I (12 units)
11.430: Leadership in Real Estate (6 units)
15.401: Managerial Finance (9 units)
11.S966: Mixed Income and Affordable Housing Policy and Finance (6 units)

Spring Semester Required Electives List*
A minimum of 6 units from the following courses must be taken in the spring semester.
(*A minimum of 24 units from the spring and/ or fall electives lists is required for program completion)

11.246: DesignX Accelerator (12 units)
11.333: Urban Design Seminar (9 units)
11.344: Innovative Project Delivery (6 units)
11.352: Real Estate Ventures II (12 units)
11.353: Mortgage Securitization (9 units)
11.355: International Housing Finance & Economics (9 units)
11.434: Tools for Analysis: Design for Real Estate & Infrastructure Development (6 units)
11.435: Mixed Income Housing Development (6 units)
11.962: Fieldwork – Real Estate (3 units) [summer option only]

Seminars & Electives (supplemental courses)

11.305: Doing Good by Doing Well: Mediating Public and Private Development (3 units)
11.S970: Corporate Real Estate (3 units)
11.S940: Economic Analysis of Urban Development & Environment (12 units)
11.321: Data Science & Machine Learning Principles for Real Estate (12 units)
11.325: Technological Change & Innovation for RE/Cities (6 units)
11.323: International RE Transactions (6 units)


Thesis Project (12 Units)

RED.THG: Thesis (12 units)

The required, letter-graded thesis provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge acquired in course work in a substantial written report, equivalent in weight to one full course. Students may choose to take part in ongoing faculty or industry-proposed research projects, both offered within the MSRED Program and throughout, or to identify a topic of their own.

Thesis Seminar

A thesis seminar (course 11.499) is a core course offered during the spring term. It describes faculty research interests and explains quantitative and qualitative methodologies to help students explore possible thesis topics. Thesis topics and work plans are finalized by the end of the spring term. Thesis research — which may include interviews, statistical analysis, project evaluations, and literature reviews — and the writing of the thesis is accomplished over the summer term or following fall term.


Since 2016, MSRED students have been able to participate in an internship opportunity and count the experience towards their degree requirements. Internships are undertaken during the summer semester, typically by those students pursuing the 16-month program option. Students are required to submit a written summary and assessment of their internship in order to receive credit for this Fieldwork course.  

Additional Degrees

A student who wants to complement the MSRED may apply to pursue a dual degree from another department or program at MIT.  

A Ph.D. with Real Estate Focus

The MIT Center for Real Estate does not itself grant a Ph.D. degree, but the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), with which the Center is associated, does. Students wanting to pursue a doctoral degree in real estate can take advantage of this affiliation.  After being accepted into a doctoral program in DUSP and completing its basic program requirements, students can focus on real estate studies through courses offered by MIT/MSRED faculty. Click here for more information.