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Real Estate and Urban Development

Concentration Advisors: Richard Peiser and Bing Wang

Download the Real Estate and Urban Development Area of Concentration memo (PDF)

The Area of Concentration courses for Real Estate and Urban Development may be divided into four main parts: development analysis; physical planning, design and construction; finance and deal structuring; and implementation. Students may choose to study real estate and urban development more broadly or focus on a subarea such as public-private partnerships, negotiations, or the physical site planning of a project. Students may envision working in the public sector focused on physical planning or implementation or in the private or nonprofit sectors possibly as developers or consultants.

Pre-approved courses include the following. This list is indicative only—the official list is on the PDF attached to this page.

Development Analysis


  • MIT 11.433 Real Estate Economics


  • HLS 45680A 1/S Real Estate Law
Physical Planning, Design, and Construction


  • GSD 5475 The Design of Housing in the United States
  • GSD 5476 The Housing Delivery System in the United States


  • GSD 5212 Field Studies in Real Estate

  • GSD 5403 Building Design and Planning Typologies
  • GSD 5404 Public Approvals for Private Development Projects
  • GSD 5484 Redevelopment Policy
  • GSD 7305 Strategy and Sustainability
  • GSD 7411 From Concept to Implementation (project management)

Finance and Deal Structuring


  • GSD 5204 Real Estate Development and Finance
  • HKS API-141 Finance
  • HKS API-148 Finance Theory and Policy
  • HBS 1684 Real Property Asset Management


  • GSD 5303 Advanced Real Estate Development and Finance 


  • HKS MLD-221B Introduction to Negotiation Analysis

For a listing of these and other courses with times and descriptions, visit the REAI website

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