Master of Professional Studies

Information about the Penn State Smeal College of Business Master's in Real Estate Analysis & Development program at Penn State University Park.

About the Program

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Analysis and Development (MRE) is a STEM-designated one-year immersive program into the world of commercial real estate. This program – designed for students with little to no background in business or real estate – can better position you for a career in the real estate industry in areas such as real estate investment, Prop tech, personal real estate advising, and more.

Our STEM Designation 

Our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) designation means that MS-READ achieves the definition set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is a testament of the quality and rigor of the program. 

The designation also allows international graduates on F-1 visas to work in the United States for an additional 24 months via the extended Optional Practical Training (OPT), totaling 36 months. 

This extended duration and designation is attractive to employers interested in hiring international students.

The Appraisal Foundation 

Graduates of the real estate analysis and development degree can take the fast track to an appraisal career.

The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) Appraisal Qualification Board (AQB), which is authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications, has approved the Penn State Smeal Master's in Real Estate Analysis and Development degree under the Real Estate Degree Review Program.

This means that the coursework meets the required core curriculum in the real property appraiser qualification criteria. Graduates can apply their coursework toward qualifying education to become a real estate appraiser.