For students entering Fall 2020

First Year – Fall Term
4 units          GSD 5204        Real Estate Development and Finance
4 units          GSD 5420*      Urban Design for Planners
4 units          GSD 5431*       Form + Finance: The Design of Real Estate (not offered in 2021/22)
4 units          GSD 5495        Market Analysis and Urban Economics
4 units          Electives

First Year – Spring Term
4 units          GSD 5103**      Public and Private Development
4 units          GSD 5434**     Creating Real Estate Ventures: a Legal Perspective
8 units          Electives

*Students must take either 5420 or 5431 to fulfill the design requirement. Students with non-design backgrounds are strongly encouraged to take 5420.
**Students must take either 5103 or 5434 to fulfill the law requirement.

Second Year

Coursework Track:
16 units        Electives


Thesis Track:
16 units        Electives
8 units          GSD 9304        Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies

Recommended Electives
(Core Electives in Bold – those courses, or their equivalents at other schools, should be taken by all REBE students.)

Fall Term

SES-5206 Land Use and Environmental Law
SES-5215 Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative (Module 1)
SES-5216 Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Qualitative (Module  2)
SES-5212 Field Studies in Real Estate
SES-5326 Housing and Urbanization in the United States
SES-5502 Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Developing World
SES-7449 Real Estate Private Equity
PRO-7420 Innovation in Project Delivery

Spring Term

SES-4115 Histories and Theories of Urban Interventions
SES-5275 Advanced Real Estate Development and Finance (Module 1)
SES-5276 Real Estate Enterprises, Entrepreneurship and Leadership (Module 2)
SES-5337 Housing and Urbanization in Global Cities
SES-5370 Environment, Economics, and Enterprise
SES-5383 Developing for Social Impact
SES 5486 The Gentrification Debates: Perceptions and Realities of Neighborhood Change
SES-5490 Affordable and Mixed-Income Housing Development, Finance, and Management
ADV-9127 Real Estate and City Making in China (not offered in 2020-21)

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2017.)

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2018.)

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2019.)

Students contemplating cross-registering for courses at another Harvard school must abide by the dates and policies of the school in which the course is offered. Priority for enrollment may be given to the other school’s students first before cross-registrations are accepted — enrollment is not guaranteed. See