As the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the Washington, D.C., region is home to one of the most desirable real estate investment markets in the world. To serve this sector of the economy, Mason has established a new Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, a university-wide initiative that will further the educational and professional opportunities of real estate industry professionals in the national capital area and beyond. The center will focus on shaping the next generation of real estate leaders and help them anticipate and meet the challenges of changing markets.
Relying on existing resources and expertise from the School of Management, the School of Public Policy, and the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, the center will offer degree programs in areas of real estate development such as land use and environmental considerations, acquisition dynamics, and construction management.
To provide the most valuable and pertinent education offerings geared toward the region’s needs, Mason will work with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. In addition, key members of the Washington real estate community will serve as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers, providing students the opportunity to take their educational experience beyond textbooks by learning from and analyzing success stories of the region.
“The center is a perfect example of how Mason continues to serve the region by developing new academic programs to address a pressing economic need,” says President Alan Merten.