Course information

Registration Closes:
2 February 2021
Course Starts:
10 February 2021
6 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
USD $1,900
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MIT School of Architecture and Planning


Thanks to machine learning and data analytics, real estate professionals and investors are now able to make more accurate property assessments than ever before.

The Data Science in Real Estate online short course from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (MIT SA+P) gives you the knowledge to analyze data patterns and identify valuable property investment or development opportunities.

The program focuses on growing your data science skills as you learn to harness statistical techniques to reveal key insights into the different factors impacting property worth.

You’ll be exposed to the concept of tidying data, as well as how to expand data sets, evaluate data, and generate a selection of models that can be used to explain industry experiences and forecast real estate values.

While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, it’s highly recommended that you have a basic understanding of programming, in particular using R. You should be familiar with different data types and basic data structures, including objects, functions, vectors, matrices, data frames, and factors; and have used them practically in the past. If you don’t yet have an understanding of these concepts, you can supplement your knowledge with the bridging resources made available in the course brochure.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from MIT SA+P in this online program and learn to:

  • Inform your real estate investment decisions using insights taken from data analytics

  • Consider factors such as trends, risk, and amenities when predicting the value of an investment

  • Perform statistical analyses and modeling using interactive software applications like R and Jupyter notebooks

  • Understand the fundamentals of machine learning concepts in the context of the built environment

Course curriculum

Learn to harness data analytics to gain valuable real estate insights as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online program:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Data Science and Machine Learning Principles
  • Module 2 Using Real Estate Data
  • Module 3 Initial Insights Using Statistics
  • Module 4 Using Data Science to Ask Questions
  • Module 5 Relationships in Real Estate Data
  • Module 6 Forecasting in Real Estate

Make real estate investment decisions driven by data

This MIT SA+P online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you expand your data science skill set.

Your Course Convener

The design of this online course is guided by MIT SA+P faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the program.


Andrea Chegut

Dr Andrea Chegut

Director, MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, Head of Research, MITdesignX and Research Scientist, MIT Center for Real Estate

Industry experts

Annie Kinsella Thompson

Anne Kinsella Thompson

Visiting Lecturer and Real Estate Economist, MIT Center for Real Estate

Steve Weikal

Steve Weikal

Head of Industry Relations CRE Tech Lead, Real Estate Innovation Lab

Prof Dennis Frenchman

Prof Dennis Frenchman

Class of 1922 Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Director, MIT Center for Real Estate

Jacob Sagi

Prof Jacob Sagi

Wood Center in Real Estate Studies Distinguished Scholar, Kenan-Flagler Business School University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christoph Reinhart

Prof Christoph Reinhart

Professor of Architecture, Director of Building Technology Program, MIT School of Architecture and Planning Founder and Director, Sustainable Design Lab

Waynee Yu

Wayne Yu

VP of Data Science, CompStak

Bob White

Bob White

Founder and President, Real Capital Analytics

L.D. Salmanson

L.D. Salmanson

Co-Founder, Cherre

Calandra Cruickshank

Calandra Cruickshank

President and CEO, StateBook International

Ben Breslau

Ben Breslau

Chief Research Officer, Americas, JLL

Phoebe Holtzman

Phoebe Holtzman


David Geltner

Prof David Geltner

Professor of Real Estate Finance, MIT Faculty Director of Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment online program

Earn a certificate from MIT SA+P

Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate from MIT SA+P — and use it to set yourself apart as a data-driven real estate professional or investor.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 10 February 2021.

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