Real Estate Investment and Development online short course

Course starts 4 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
27 October 2020
Course Starts:
4 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7 – 10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business


Despite the economic turbulence of the past decade, the real estate industry in the US has only gone from strength to strength in recent years. In this online short course from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, gain an introduction to the current commercial real estate and development market. By examining the real estate ecosystem from a holistic perspective, you’ll unpack the fundamental skills necessary to facilitate informed commercial real estate investment and development decisions.

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll explore the concepts and techniques used to analyze commercial real estate assets, and the instruments commonly used to finance these assets. You’ll also learn to personally analyze and identify commercially viable real estate for development.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to identify and analyze the commercial viability of real estate investments and developments
  • An understanding of the commercial real estate ecosystem as a whole
  • Knowledge of the financial tools and techniques required to assess the feasibility of an investment

Is this course for you?

This online short course is designed for both real estate developers and entrepreneurs who want to identify and analyze the viability of real estate investments and developments. It is beneficial for real estate agents, brokers and property managers who want to deepen their knowledge of the commercial real estate ecosystem. Finance professionals will gain a holistic understanding of the specific financial tools and techniques required to assess the feasibility of an investment.

Course curriculum

Unpack the concepts that inform commercial real estate investment and development decisions as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The logic behind real estate investment decisions
  • Module 2 The factors affecting real estate value
  • Module 3 The real estate system and the developer
  • Module 4 Property level evaluation
  • Module 5 Leverage and the impact on risk and return
  • Module 6 Economic feasibility of a development project
  • Module 7 Equity partners
  • Module 8 Making investment decisions

As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

A holistic approach to commercial real estate

This Rice Business online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore the real estate ecosystem.  

Your Academic Director

The design of this online short course is guided by faculty from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Jefferson Duarte


Academic Director

Jefferson Duarte is an associate professor of finance and the Gerald D. Hines Professor of Real Estate Finance at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. He is an expert in several areas of asset pricing and real estate finance including option pricing, fixed income and mortgage-backed securities (MBS).

Currently teaching real estate finance and real estate development, Professor Duarte has also taught Ph.D. and MBA-level courses in option pricing models, term structure models and risk management. He holds a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronautica (Brazil) and both an MBA and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago.

Earn a certificate from Rice Business

Learn about real estate investment and development and earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.

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


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 4 November 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.