Professional Real Estate Certificate

Program Advisor:

Dr. Mark Sunderman
Professor and Morris Fogelman Real Estate Chair of Excellence
Director, Professional Real Estate Certificate program
Fogelman College Administration Building, Rm 436

The Professional Real Estate Certificate does not require previous training in real estate and is designed for students who desire careers in real estate or for real estate professionals seeking additional training, but not interested in a four year degree in real estate. Real estate opportunities exist in leasing, property management, mortgage lending, corporate real estate analysis, real estate development, real estate investment, real estate valuation and assessment, and brokerage (residential or commercial). The Certificate consists of six required courses (18 hours) - five of these in real estate:

  • FIR 3310 – Principles of Real Estate (3)
  • FIR 3410 – Financial Management (3)
  • FIR 4310 – Real Estate Law (3)
  • FIR 4320 – Real Estate Finance (3)
  • FIR 4340 – Real Estate Appraisal (3)
  • FIR 4350 – Real Estate Investment (3)

Other than the Principles class (FIR 3310), graduate sections of each of the other classes are offered and can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Professional Real Estate Certificate.

The Certificate is independent of any University of Memphis degree program. No transfer credit will be accepted for these six courses. For non-business degree students, there are no prerequisites required. Each of these classes is offered online and on campus. Online classes have the same coverage, rigor, and follow the same time schedule as the University of Memphis. The online option allows the student to complete these courses without leaving their home. Since the online courses are asynchronous, even though they still have set deadlines, they do not require a student to be online at a given time providing the advantage of flexibility. Course offerings have been arranged so it is possible to complete the program in approximately 18 months. Tuition charges for out-of-state students enrolled solely in online courses are comparable to in-state tuition costs.

The Professional Real Estate Certificate is issued by the Fogelman College of Business and Economics and administrated by the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. The Certificate is not posted on the student's university transcript.

NOTE: It is incumbent on the student to contact the Director of the Certificate Program (Dr. Mark Sunderman) the final semester of their coursework to receive the Certificate. It is also recommended to register with Dr. Sunderman your intent to pursue the Certificate so it is easier for him to track your progress and schedule classes.

For additional information about this program, contact the Undergraduate Student Services Office at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics or the Program Director. The Undergraduate Student Services Office is located in room 114 of the Fogelman College Administration Building (phone 901.678.2855) – fcbeadvising@memphis.edu. It is recommended you talk to Mark Alpuente, Advisor for Finance, Insurance and Real Estate.