Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development (GCRED)


GCRED Program

The Department of Urban and Public Affairs offers a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development designed to equip graduates with the skills needed to make better real estate decisions with respect to investment considerations and site analysis and planning. The program will be particularly attractive to planning students desiring to work in the private sector; however, the program will also be appealing to students enrolled in other graduate programs at the university or who wish to complete the GCRED on a stand alone basis. The program may be completed in conjunction with the Master of Urban Planning program without the need to take any additional course work beyond what is required for the MUP program. For MUP students, the GCRED courses satisfy the requirements for the specialization in Housing and Community development. The program requires 18 credit hours, and may be completed in one year as a full-time student or up to four years as a part-time student.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (any major is acceptable), and provide a completed application form, a transcript of all undergraduate work, and two letters of recommendation. Admission is competitive and generally requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Those applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 78 on the internet-based test.


After applying and submitting the application fee online, please be sure to send all application materials (transcripts and letters of recommendation) directly to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies University of Louisville, 105 Houchens Bldg.  Louisville, KY 40292 and/or

Financial Aid

Non-degree students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. However, students enrolled in degree-seeking programs in addition to the non-degree certificate program can apply for federal financial aid. For more information contact the UofL Financial Aid Office (502) 852-5511

Cost of Tuition

Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development

Per Hour
Full-Time (9 or
more credit hours
per Semester)

Required Courses

The program requires six courses, or 18 credits. Courses may be waived by the Program Coordinator based on previous study; however, substitute course work will be required. We have applied for the approval from the KREC (Kentucky Real Estate Commission) for most of the courses as Pre-license Education courses. KREC course numbers are listed in brackets.  

PLAN 605 Land Use and Planning Law
PLAN 614 Real Estate Market Analysis [22471 for classroom version, 22473 for distance learning version]
PLAN 631 Real Estate Principles [22472]
PLAN 633 Real Estate Development [22468]
PLAN 634 Real Estate Finance and Investment [22469]
PLAN 636 Site Planning [22470] 

Generally, PLAN 631 should be completed prior to PLAN 634 and PLAN 633, and PLAN 633, which serves as a capstone course for the program, should be taken in the final semester or year of study. Although the program does not require an internship, GCRED students who are also in the MUP program may wish to complete the required planning internship by working in a real estate development firm.

KREC Pre-License Education 

The Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC) requires pre-license education for a new license applicant. After taking any two of our courses, you should meet the education requirement for applying for a sales associate license. If you are applying for a Broker’s license, you need to take more courses. For information, please check


Contact Details

Sumei Zhang, Ph.D., GCRED Program Director
Phone: (502) 852-7915

Department of Urban and Public Affairs
University of Louisville
426 W. Bloom Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Phone: (502) 852-7906
Fax: (502) 852-4558