Advanced Certificate in Real Estate Development

The Advanced Certificate in Real Estate Development (CRED) provides knowledge and skills needed to initiate and manage real estate development in a complex market and regulatory environment. The CRED Program is designed for current and aspiring real estate professionals and urban planners to collaborate on great development projects that are sustainable, equitable, and financially sound. 

Using the Silicon Valley and Bay Area as its study area, the program incorporates best practices and real-life case studies taught by leading industry professionals, with numerous hands-on studio projects to prepare recipients for successful careers.

The CRED Program is for professionals, full-time and part-time students, or anybody who's interested in learning more about how policy, investment, and people share our neighborhoods and communities. If you're interested in obtaining the Certificate but don't want to enroll in a Master's degree program, consider getting the Certificate through through SJSU's Open University. Many professionals obtain a Real Estate Development Certificate to supplement their degrees with specialized knowledge and help advance their career.     

If you're a graduate student at SJSU, then you are eligible for the CRED Program. For more information, contact CRED Director Kelly Snider. Graduate students who are relying on CRED Program credits to meet their university graduation requirements should send an email to the department's graduate studies advisor.  


Scott Lefaver Planning and Real Estate Scholarship

The CRED Program has a scholarship reimbursement fund that will pay for two of the required CRED classes – whether you are an Open University student or receiving your graduate degree. Your tuition fee can be reimbursed for both URBP 206 and URBP 208. This scholarship is available for up to fifteen students in URBP 206 and up to fifteen students in URBP 208, as long as you receive a grade of "B" or better in each course. You can receive the scholarship for both classes – even if you take them in the same semester. Eligibility is restricted to students who are currently enrolled in, or who have successfully completed, URBP 205. Students who are matriculated (getting their SJSU degree) or SJSU Open University students may each apply for this scholarship twice – once each for successfully completing URBP 206 and URBP 208.

To apply:

  1. Complete this form as soon as your grades for URBP 206 and URBP 208 are posted.
  2. Email a .pdf of your unofficial transcript to the department office with the title, "Lefaver Scholarship Transcripts."
  3. If you're an Open University student, additional forms will be required. The department office will contact you.
  4. Scholarship processing takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

Please contact the department office if you have questions.