real estate at harvard

The Graduate School of Design MDes REAL ESTATE and the BUILT ENVIRONMENT program,  prepares graduates for professional and academic careers in real estate and the built environment as thought leaders and as decision-makers in real estate development, investment, and financing of increasingly complex environments and future cities

The cross-disciplinary program draws on a faculty of scholars and seasoned real estate practitioners who actively engage students in a collaborative setting through case study methods,  field studies format, as well as by leading independent or thematic real estate research.

The GSD Real Estate Program’s core resources are supplemented by a broad, multi-disciplinary offering through cross-registered courses at the Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School.

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Harvard Real Estate courses

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Real Estate Development and Finance
Form + Finance: The Design of Real Estate
Global Leadership in Real Estate
Public & Private Development
Creating Real Estate Ventures: a Legal Perspective
Market Analysis and Urban Economics

Land Use and Environmental Law
Field Studies in Real Estate
Advanced Real Estate Development and Finance
Real Estate Enterprises, Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Housing and Urbanization in the United States
Sustainable Real Estate
Environment, Economics, and Enterprise
Affordable Housing Development, Finance, and Management
Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Developing World
Real Estate and City Making in China

Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Advanced Risk Management and Infrastructure Finance
Enterprenural Finance
Policymaking in Urban Settings
Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development

Harvard Business School
Real Properties
Real Estate Private Equity
Immersive Course: Boston; PE Real Estate Investing and Development
Sustainable Cities and Resilient Infrastructure

Harvard Law School
Real Estate Law
Local Government Law


Career PORTALS + Resources

HAA Career Resources
Explore tools and services from the Harvard Alumni Association to help you in your job search—from the Online Alumni Directory to Professional Shared Interest Groups, and more.

University-wide Career Resources
Utilize resources created by the Office of Career Services to guide you each step of the way.

School-specific Career Resources
Find career and networking services and resources from your School.

Graduate School of Design Career Portal -CREATE
The portal is Harvard GSD's online recruiting system that allows students and alumni access to view employers; search internships and jobs; identify alumni contacts; schedule a counseling session with a career counselor.

Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board Employment Portal
All currently enrolled Harvard students are eligible to use the the Real Estate Boards Employment Portal. Kindly contact Cynthia Henshall email at for access

Networking Events
Discover upcoming networking opportunities near year—or online.

Career Webinars
Watch HAA-produced online webinars on a variety of career-related topics.

RED prep

In collaboration with the Harvard Real Estate Board and GSD Career services, the RED club offers the following career development workshops:

Argus Training Workshop
Real Estate Financial Modeling Workshop
Resume Reviews
Negotiation (Salary) Workshop


Practical guides to assist members navigate the recruiting process; 

Real Estate Type of Jobs
Email Etiquette
Interview Guide
Resume Tips
Compensation Information