Professional Course

Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment

GetSmarter, Online
6 weeks
6 weeks
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Course description

Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Making informed investment decisions in commercial real estate hinges on understanding micro and macroeconomic theories and frameworks, and using practical financial analysis tools. The Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment online short course from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) draws on real-world examples of real estate investment and development projects, with a focus on unique tools, terms, and theories that have been pioneered and developed by the Faculty Director, David Geltner. On completion of this course, you’ll be armed with the skills needed for real estate valuation, investment analysis, and decision making, and you’ll earn an MIT SA+P certificate, validating your newfound real estate finance and development knowledge.

Who should attend?

Is this course for you?

This online short course is geared toward finance, property investment, and real estate professionals who want to understand how to apply financial tools to analyze the commercial real estate market and make informed investment decisions. This program has a technical focus, and previous financial or real estate investment experience will significantly benefit you.

Training content

Gain a holistic overview of commercial real estate finance as you work through the weekly modules of this online course.

Module 1

Financial economic concepts and tools for real estate

Module 2

The real estate system and the space market

Module 3

Micro level: Property valuation and investment analysis

Module 4

Leverage, and financing the investment

Module 5

Macro level: Strategic and tactical tools for portfolio management

Module 6

Investment analysis of real estate development projects

Course delivery details


  • 6 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 7–10 hours per week Self-paced learning online

Certification / Credits

Gain a deeper understanding of commercial real estate investment through this online program, and earn an official digital MIT SA+P certificate.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a digital certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to assess the financial viability of real estate development projects.
  • Tools to evaluate and manage a property portfolio based on economic principles and data.
  • A broad understanding of interactions within the broader real estate system, including the space and asset markets.
  • Unlimited access to 2U’s Career Engagement Network, offering you exclusive resources and events to support your professional journey and drive your career forward.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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