The real estate program reviews on the blog, like this one, are outdated. Programs continue to evolve and improve so static reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. I recommend you reach out to current students and alums to get the latest insights into the program. I also recommend that you check out my post on the true value of a graduate real estate program.
Here is an archive of the past reviews that I completed on the site prior to shifting the focus of the content:
- NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
- MIT Center for Real Estate
- Johns Hopkins Edward St. John Department of Real Estate
- Cornell University Johnson School Dual Degree MBA/MPS
- Georgetwon University MPS in Real Estate
- University of Maryland Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development
- University of Denver Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate
- University of Florida Masters in Real Estate Program
- USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
- Clemson University Master of Real Estate Development
- University of Wisconsin Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
- Auburn Masters in Real Estate Development
- Columbia Masters in Real Estate Development
You can sum up the key to success in one word, generosity. In real estate, the number of contacts you have is extremely relevant to your success. So it’s not surprising when professionals are willing to take an hour or so out of their already busy schedule to write a review of their respective graduate programs. That’s one of the things that makes the real estate profession great, people are always trying to help other people. Darren Everette, a 2007 graduate of the University of Denver Burns School of Real Estate, was kind enough to provide his insight into one of the oldest programs in the country.
What was your background in real estate prior to the program?
I was an intern at two Denver based development groups; one residential and one commercial. I also had just received my undergraduate degree in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Denver.
What other programs did you look at besides The University of Denver and why did you choose Denver over the other programs?
I did not look at any other graduate programs as I had already received my undergraduate degree from D.U. With that said, I already thought very highly of the school, program, campus, culture, etc. For me, continuing my education at Burns was a no-brainer.
Are the professors primarily full-time or part-time? Do the part-time professors make themselves accessible outside the classroom?
The professors are primarily full-time and are readily available outside the classroom. The part-time professors also make themselves readily available outside of class.
Do you notice a variation of the material taught by different professors of the same course?
The faculty at the Burns School is quite diverse. Some people, like me, find this appealing. Some students struggled with this as they found it hard to adapt to the many different styles of teaching. Either way, every teacher there is extremely qualified and does a good job conveying the knowledge of their respective discipline.
What kind of opportunities does the program provide to students outside the classroom?
The Burns program and its outside opportunities are definitely tailored to a national level. There are several Denver based competitions that you will compete in as a student (NAIOP, NAHB, etc.) but the knowledge gained through those events can be applied to real estate development anywhere in the world. I found that these opportunities and competitions allow for real-world and hands-on experience that is extremely marketable when applying for jobs.
How is the programs career counseling? Do they actively help students find summer internships and full-time positions? How willing are alumni in assisting current students? Since it’s a new program, are alumni in a position to help students?
The job placement question is a tough one. The program definitely has connections to many employers but ultimately gaining employment through the program is up to each individual. I think many students go into the program expecting to get “automatic employment” – obviously this market makes that impossible. I do know that the guys that truly applied themselves (going to all of the networking events, participating in extracurricular events, etc.) all got good jobs. With that said, the Burns program gives you the tools, but leaves the job search up to you – for better or for worse.
Alumni have proved to be very helpful in assisting with career questions, forwarding resumes, etc. Also, Real Estate Program at DU has been around for quite some time – I believe it is the oldest in the west.
What are your future aspirations in real estate and how has this program helped you to get closer to your goals?
My aspirations in real estate are to be a successful real estate developer. This program has definitely given me the tools, and laid the groundwork, for success in my field. The connections made with students and faculty in the program have proved to be invaluable – especially in the Denver market.
How many classes are required to complete the program?
I can’t remember exactly since it has been a couple of years (I graduated in 2007), but I believe there are 12 classes required to complete the program.
Is there anything else about the program you think people should know?
Campus life is a great part of the DU experience. I would say that half of the grad students lived near campus with the other half living somewhere else in Denver. The school’s location affords you the ability to live in a lot of cool places that are still within a few minutes of campus. The grad program usually has a happy hour every week (SWOT night). It is well attended and includes students from other grad programs (MBA, International Business, etc). Those events are always a lot of fun.
I recommend full-time enrollment as you can finish the program in one year or less. I also feel that this allows you to approach the program as a full-time job which keeps you focused on making the most of your time there. I applied in the spring and began enrollment in the fall. I went straight through (4 quarters) and was done by the following August. It usually works well this way as the Summer Quarter is more laid back which allows for a part-time position that will hopefully lead to full-time employment upon graduation.
Rate the various aspects of the program from 1-10, 10 being the best:
Career Counseling: 6
Outside Opportunities: 9
Overall Rating: 9
Post any questions you may have in the comment section below and I’ll have Darren get back to you.