Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development

Create and Guide the Urban Landscape

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The Value of a Real Estate Degree

Real estate developers are organizers of the built environment, whether your goal is to advance housing equity or create the next innovative retail experience. It is your job to discover where and how people want to live, work, play and shop – but the field is becoming increasingly competitive, and community groups, government agencies, other property owners and even the media are becoming more and more involved in the development process.

In the USC Price Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development, under the Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development, you’ll gain advanced training that helps you navigate the complex system of finance and governance, find place-based solutions to the unique set of problems presented by real estate projects, and explore the risks, rewards and responsibilities that come with making our built environments even better.

Richard Green
“Industry leaders appreciate our interdisciplinary reach. We fund research across the USC campus and bring useful, rigorous information to them that’s not found anywhere else. And, they bring to our faculty and students a depth that nobody else can match.”
Richard K. Green
Professor and Director, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

Learn the Foundation and Become an Innovator

USC Price’s Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program has a long tradition of providing education focused on real estate fundamentals, and recent market fluctuations have only served to sharpen our commitment to this legacy.

We believe leadership requires looking ahead. While our curriculum is always evolving to meet the needs of our students, the structure remains constant: fundamentals matter and USC Dollinger MRED graduates leave the program skilled as complete real estate professionals.

Our courses combine lectures, cases and active engagement with the industry so you can experience and master all facets of real estate’s tasks and challenges, including:

  • finance and deal structuring
  • market analysis
  • site planning
  • political approvals
  • project management
Real Estate Tour

At USC Price, your education will cover all sectors of development: residential, retail, office, industry and hospitality.

Why the Dollinger MRED Program

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An Exceptional Faculty

Full-time USC faculty are joined by developers, lawyers, architects, planners and other prominent professionals who bring cutting-edge relevance to the classroom and bridge learning with practice.

Panelists at Women in Real Estate Luncheon

Lusk Center for Real Estate

USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate serves as the liaison between the academic program and the real estate industry. As a student, you will be provided with a forum for professional development and unique opportunities to connect with the real estate community.

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Distinguished Tradition

Created in 1986, USC’s MRED degree is among the oldest and most respected among the few graduate degrees focused on real estate in the country.

Pershing Square Park Downtown Los Angeles

Southern California

The Los Angeles metropolitan area and its surrounding counties provide a rich urban environment within which to study real estate. In this world-class hub of innovation and activity, you will study an exceptionally wide range of projects, learning equally from development failures as well as successes.

International Flags

International Focus

USC Price will prepare you for the increasingly global nature of real estate by offering an international study tour class, most recently focused on Asian markets such as Hong Kong and Seoul. On a 10-day professional-level overseas visit, you will meet notable developers, government officials and prominent business leaders who are actively involved in the international real estate community.

Social Justice panel

Shaping and Improving Communities

With the MRED program’s connection to the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, your faculty and courses are a part of a culture of social responsibility. This opens many possibilities for deeper study of the intersections between real estate and public policy issues, broadening your understanding of diverse perspectives worldwide.

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Research Centers

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Lusk Center for Real Estate

Affiliated with both USC Price and the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Lusk Center conducts a broad array of research activities, conferences, forums, published reports, and educational programs. Established in the early 1980s, the center addresses issues and opportunities in real estate, development, planning, infrastructure, and finance in the new arena where public, private, and nonprofit interests converge. The Lusk Center also houses the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.