Real Estate Investment and Finance

Learn to navigate the complex and multi-faceted world of real estate investing and financing. Gain a comprehensive understanding of real estate investment analysis, appraisal, and strategy, and prepare for a variety of career opportunities available in the industry. Formats: Online | In Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals with an analytical background who want to pursue a career as a real estate financial analyst or portfolio manager
  • Financial professionals wanting to better understand the intricacies of real estate markets
  • Those interested in transitioning into real estate appraisal
  • Real estate professionals seeking new opportunities and growth within the industry

What you can learn.

  • Learn to analyze real estate market trends including sales, lending, and leasing
  • Examine residential, commercial, industrial, and special-purpose real estate investments using techniques fundamental to analyzing real estate investments
  • Understand the principles and tools of real estate appraisal and analyze value, price, property, and legal rights
  • Survey the concepts, methods, and techniques of financing residential and non-residential real estate, and identify and analyze the various instruments used

Explore Real Estate Investment and Finance


Our real estate finance courses are designed to help newcomers and established real estate professionals learn to analyze property values and returns on real estate investments and investment portfolios, as well as understand the strategies and factors driving real estate markets. The program provides you with a comprehensive understanding of real estate investments, which include: rental housing, shopping centers, office complexes, REITs, and the risks and rewards of each. 

Graduates of the program are prepared to take on roles such as real estate financial analyst, portfolio manager or real estate appraiser. Program curriculum is approved by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and all courses are taught by working industry professionals who bring their personal insights to the classroom. Our dynamic learning environment lets you connect with instructors and classmates, some of whom are already established in the industry. 

Whether you’re new to the business or a veteran, our program will prepare you to succeed in this exciting and lucrative industry. 

Format: Online or in person. Can be completed 100% online.

Duration: 6 months (full-time), 1 year (part-time) 



Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
MGMT X 476.8
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 477.9
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 475.5
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 475.4
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Optional Courses
MGMT X 476.35
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 477.95
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


MGMT X 475.1 Real Estate Principles (or equivalent) and MGMT 891.02 Business Ethics.

Students with a current California salesperson/broker license should consult with the certificate advisor to waive the prerequisite requirement.

Courses are recommended to be taken in the order listed above, starting with Real Estate Analysis, and can be taken concurrently. Students must take all courses for a letter grade and pass with a program GPA of 2.50 or better.

The schedule and instruction methods of courses may vary. Please consult with a student advisor for more information on upcoming offerings. (310) 206-2714 or industrysegmentprograms@uclaextension.edu.

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Drop-In Advising Hour
This informal Zoom event is a platform for current and new program students to connect and ask questions to program staff. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the hour. Have questions about the certificate or program, bring them with you!

Each first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11am-12pm PT.

Email industrysegmentprograms@uclaextension.edu for the meeting link.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in real estate can provide you with practical experience in a variety of real estate job functions. To be eligible for the internship, students are to complete all the required courses within the certificate with a GPA of 3.0 or better before applying and enrolling in the internship course.

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