• Build your career on a solid foundation.

    Admission to the MREI Program for 2018 is closed.  In 2019, the program will move from Winter (January) to Fall (September) entry.  The Fall 2019 application will open in the coming months.  

    The 12-month full-time Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) is the first graduate program in Canada that offers a combination of courses in both Real Estate and Infrastructure. The program builds upon the quality and reputation of the MBA specialization in Real Estate and Infrastructure, which was established in 1991.

    The MREI integrates leadership development with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking and development, investment and financing of real estate and infrastructure. It combines classroom learning with a one-of-a-kind co-curricular experience, creating strong linkages between theory and practical application and capitalizing on a diverse network of alumni and other industry participants.

    Students will take a common set of courses in the first two terms with the option to take either real estate or infrastructure electives in the third and final term. The program also offers an optional internship in Term 3, with a lighter course load and classes scheduled on evenings and weekends.

    The backbone of the curriculum is a leadership development course that runs throughout the three terms and integrates learning from the myriad aspects of the student experience.

  • Schulich MREI Program Director James McKellar

“As a senior executive within one of the largest real estate investment management firms in North America, I can attest the value that such a program would deliver to our industry.”

Gary WhitelawChief Executive Officer
Bentall Kennedy Group
  • Career Opportunities

    The MREI will address a significant resource need in both the Real Estate and infrastructure sectors for qualified professionals and entrepreneurs – city builders capable of contributing to what is recognized as the single largest industry in the region (when combining real estate and infrastructure, measured by percent of GDP).

    Throughout the MREI program, you will also have access to the Career Development Centre (CDC). As Schulich’s in-house team of certified Career Coaches and Industry Advisors, the CDC offers  a wealth of innovative programs, resources and individualized coaching to help you launch your career. Meet alumni, recruiters and industry leaders at corporate information sessions and other CDC events and enjoy online access to the very best career tools available

    MREI graduates work in real estate and infrastructure development, investment and portfolio management, project finance and consulting. They are employed by developers, real estate investment trusts, pension funds and advisory firms, financial institutions, brokerage and consulting firms. Some are entrepreneurs launching their own firms.

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MREI Student Showcase

  • Walid Alhathloul

    Walid joined the MREI program to expand his horizon in real estate and urban development, and to have a better understanding of the entire business cycle of the industry. He believes that the strong strategic foundation of the program will better prepare him for future challenges in an industry that is cyclical and sensitive to macroeconomics.

    Walid focus has been on the potential small-scale acquisitions of income-producing real estate assets in Saudi Arabia through private equity.  Prior to that, he worked with Bank Alkhair, a GCC-based investment bank that focuses on strategic acquisitions in real estate and banking and with over US $500 million of Assets Under Management. During his period at the bank, he worked with the underwriting team for a partial issuance of the sukkuk (Islamic bond) of $1 billion for Dar Alarkan Co., a major developer in Saudi Arabia. The issuance, in which the bank was part of a consortium of international banks, was significantly oversubscribed.

    In his journey in Canada, Walid wants to maximize his learning of leading edge ideas in the real estate market, where he can apply the concept of sustainable development of real estate with potential developers and investors in Saudi Arabia. He is also keen to connect and help interested Canadian and Saudi Arabian businesses to find the optimal channel to explore potential opportunities in both markets.

    Walid holds a Bachelor in Management from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • Alannah Bird

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Alannah worked for a project management and development advisory firm in Ottawa, Canada. The firm manages a wide range of projects from hospitals, to sporting facilities, to major mixed-use developments, and this broad exposure ultimately sparked her passion for the development industry and city building.

    Alannah embarked on the MREI journey to both broaden and deepen her knowledge of the real estate and infrastructure fields, and also acquire the economic, financial and investment tools and skills to help her excel in her future endeavors.

    Before moving into the project management and advisory side, Alannah was a founding member of Bridgit, a successful software startup that simplifies issue tracking for developers and contractors. Having visited 300+ construction sites, she witnessed first-hand what can happen when companies embrace technology to establish more efficient construction processes.

    Outside of the classroom, Alannah is Co-President of the Schulich Real Estate and Infrastructure Club, a group with a mission of connecting students to both industries, and further enhancing the experiential education component of the MREI.  She was also a member of the winning team in the Schulich Developers’ Den International Case Competition in March.

    Alannah holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

  • Miranda Gobran

    Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Miranda spent two years as a Mortgage Specialist at CIBC, where she dedicated her time to holding investor and first-time home-buyer seminars.  Through this experience, she gained in-depth exposure to six new residential developments and worked with three different developers across the Greater Toronto Area.

    Miranda’s interest in real estate was conceived at a young age.  Her family began investing and working in real estate and Miranda had the opportunity to observe the ups and downs of the industry.  She became captivated by the issues surrounding affordable housing and the effects of the large waves of migration to the GTA.

    With its focus on leadership and its strong network, the MREI program at Schulich seemed like the perfect place for Miranda to cultivate this curiosity and explore different solutions. Upon graduation, Miranda is looking forward to implementing positive change within the real estate and infrastructure spheres in Toronto as well as on a global scale.

    In her spare time, Miranda loves travelling to different countries.  Her favourite destinations have been Thailand, Morocco, and Croatia.  Miranda also enjoys spending time at her family restaurant downtown Toronto.

    Miranda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

  • Abdulkader Kaadan

    Prior to enrolling in the Schulich MREI program, Abdulkader (Abe) worked as an Operations Manager responsible for lean process flow and inventory control. His true passion has always been real estate, with his interest deriving from family involvement in real estate development and investments. Abdulkader has been engaged in global megaprojects, gaining a hands-on perspective of the important interconnectedness between real estate and infrastructure projects, and how these types of projects bring life to communities.

    Abdulkader views the MREI program as an ideal stepping stone that provides the optimal foundation to pursue a career in real estate and infrastructure development. He aspires to broaden his knowledge in these fields, refine and obtain new technical and analytical skills, and build a strong network of industry peers. Upon graduation, Abdulkader aims to add value to a leading real estate and infrastructure firm in Canada, driven by his passion, attention to detail, and aspiration to become an influential leader in the industry.

    Outside of the classroom, Abdulkader values his community involvement, devoting time to educating and empowering youth as a Vice President of a youth committee in Saskatoon. He dedicates time on weekends to scheduling recreational activities and workshops that provide a safe environment and an opportunity for young people to learn and grow. He also serves the university community as part of the executive team of the Schulich Real Estate and Infrastructure Club (SREIC) student organization.

    Abdulkader holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specialized in Operations Management, from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.

  • Umehani Kanga

    Umehani joined the Schulich MREI program after gaining significant work experience in both the U.S. and India. She started her professional career as a Risk Analyst at Trimont Real Estate Advisors in Atlanta, servicing real estate portfolios of large institutional clients. She later moved to become a Real Estate Private Equity Investment Analyst with Milestone Capital (AUM US$ 1 billion) and saw multiple investments through the entire deal cycle. She has also worked with startups in the renewable energy and technology sectors helping them with fundraising and developing their business strategies.

    Umehani chose the Schulich MREI program to obtain a deeper and broader knowledge of real estate and infrastructure acquisitions and investments and how the two industries interrelate. Excellent faculty, relevant coursework that merges theory with practice, engaged alumni and Schulich’s reputation in the Industry were all driving forces in this decision.

    Outside of the classroom, Umehani is active in the Schulich Community as Co-President of the Schulich Real Estate and Infrastructure Club (SREIC) student organization.

    Umehani holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian School of Business.

  • Tyler McLay

    Tyler discovered his genuine interest in real estate and city growth dynamics even before purchasing his first investment property while still in high school. Combining this passion with a diverse finance background that includes positions at TD Bank, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment and Toronto Hydro, has propelled Tyler to his current position as a successful Toronto realtor. His client portfolio sees the incredible value added through detailed knowledge and ongoing education. Consistently going above and beyond, a great deal of Tyler’s success is based on referrals and repeat clientele due to his care, integrity and ability to listen and understand his clients’ unique needs.

    With admirable leadership qualities and always an enthusiastic team player, Tyler intends to add value in the sales and negotiation elements of the real estate world with creative and calculated approaches. With the impact the Schulich name projects and the MREI program under his already well-decorated belt, Tyler intends to motivate and inspire while being a successful and valuable asset to a global real estate firm, eventually leading one of his own.

    Outside of the classroom and his realtor business, Tyler is committed to empowering and educating future leaders by mentoring business students at both city initiatives and undergrad program involvement.

    Tyler has an undergraduate degree in Finance from Guelph University and a Management Diploma from Humber College.

  • Bao Nguyen

    Bao came to Schulich with almost three years of real estate experience that helped him develop strong technical skills and a deep understanding of real estate and investment fundamentals. He started his career as an Associate in the Financial Advisory practice with Deloitte Vietnam, where he worked on multiple assignments, including buy-side M&A, financial due diligence, and valuation advisory.

    Bao moved into the real estate sector early on in his career by working as an Investment and Development Analyst for a local real estate firm in Vietnam. He later transitioned to work for CapitaLand, one of the largest real estate firms in Asia. During his time as an Investment and Asset Management Associate at CapitaLand Vietnam, Bao was responsible for asset management of four residential developments totalling 2,406 units and underwrote seven potential acquisition opportunities with a combined potential investment value of US $920 million. He was also in charge of managing financial models for a US$ 250 million opportunistic real estate private equity fund managed by CapitaLand that invested in greenfield residential developments in Vietnam’s gateway cities.

    Bao has developed advanced financial modeling skills through his professional experience and formal training and is familiar with Argus Enterprise. He was part of the winning team at Schulich’s Developers’ Den Case International Competition held in March, and the recipient of the RioCan entrance scholarship.

    Bao graduated with distinction from RMIT University in 2013 and has held both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations since 2017.

  • Zhengwen Sun

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Zhengwen started his professional career as a Business Analyst at Alberta Health Services, where he created a master database that reconciles inventory and transactional data across nine legacy health systems. Then he joined MNP’s property tax recovery team, where he engaged in property valuations and assessment negotiations with the city.  After joining Realnet/Altus, he started overseeing research in the Greater Edmonton area.

    Zhengwen decided to pursue a graduate degree to broaden his knowledge of real estate development and investment and ultimately to set up his own private equity firm. There are three things that matter in real estate, “Location, Location, Location”, and that stays true when it comes to choosing a school. There is no better location than Toronto to gain exposure to the real estate industry, as the city is packed with exciting development opportunities and elite industry professionals. Not to mention, the level of specialization and close connection to the real estate and infrastructure community that the MREI program is able to offer is unmatched anywhere in the world. The decision becomes obvious.

    Outside of the classroom, Zhengwen plays recreational hockey in NCHL (Edmonton) and is hoping to compete in Chopped Canada in the future.

    Zhengwen holds a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Finance and Operation Management from University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

     

  • Sohel Surani

    After completing his MBA in 2009, Sohel worked in a number of corporate finance roles across different industries in the U.S., and brings with him a strong financial analysis and modelling perspective that he marries with his true passion, real estate.

    Sohel’s foray into real estate was more the result of chance than plan, but since starting his own small U.S.-based multi-family real estate investment operation in 2012, he tap dances into work every day. As owner, investor, handyman, marketer and manager, Sohel wore many hats while his portfolio grew before he ultimately handed over reins to a property management company. His management experience has given him great insights into the business and makes him appreciative of the day-to-day challenges of running multi-family assets, as well the incredible influence good management can have in securing strong returns for investors.

    At Schulich, Sohel aims to gain experience in the world of larger real estate transactions, including the financing and legal aspects, as well as gain greater insight into the development process as means to backward integration and synergies. He desires to be a champion for sustainable, affordable housing that addresses the twin problems of affordability and climate change – both critical issues that most large urban areas in North America face today.

    In his free time, Sohel likes to work on his website, blog about issues related to the multi-family sector, or explore quirky, interesting neighbourhoods around town. He is also part of the Schulich Real Estate and Infrastructure Club (SREIC) executive team.

    Sohel has a Bachelor of Engineering from Mumbai University and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Jordan Trinder

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Jordan worked as a high-rise condominium specialist with a prominent land surveying company in downtown Toronto. He consulted land developers through the municipal approval, severance and registration process of complex high-rise mixed-use developments. Working alongside the industry leaders in development, Jordan was inspired to advance his career with a graduate degree in real estate and infrastructure. He chose the MREI program because of the specialized real estate and infrastructure focus complemented by the exposure to broader economic and business concepts and strategies at the highly regarded Schulich School of Business.

    Jordan has a background in urban planning, and with the MREI course work and experiential learning opportunities seeks to expand his skillset by focusing on development concepts, joint ventures, finance, investment strategies and asset management. By understanding both the planning and economic aspects of development, Jordan intends to grow as an industry leader. He is on his way to achieving his goal with early success as part of the Schulich Developers’ Den International Case Competition winning team. After graduation, Jordan plans on working for a private developer who builds vibrant communities in urban and suburban settings.

    Jordan holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Derek Wei

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Derek was an Analyst in the City of Toronto’s Real Estate Services Division. In this position, he was tasked with the financial analysis, due diligence and negotiation of commercial leases and licenses with private landlords, tenants and developers. Prior to that, Derek worked for a boutique real estate developer in downtown Toronto as a member of its commercial and residential development and construction management team.

     

    Derek chose the Schulich MREI program in order to advance his knowledge and deepen his understanding in the areas of real estate and infrastructure finance, investment and development. He feels that the program offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from both professors and industry professionals, and also connect with leaders in both the real estate and infrastructure sectors.

    Upon entering the program, Derek’s main interests were commercial real estate development and investment management. However, after gaining exposure to the infrastructure sector during first semester courses, he is increasingly intrigued by this field and the inter-connections with real estate. He was part of the winning team at Schulich’s Developers’ Den Case International Competition held in March

    Outside of the classroom, Derek is active in his community, volunteering at a local soup kitchen that serves weekly dinners to about 80 to 100 low-income individuals. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Canada.

  • Mark Zaky

    After working in various fields, from computer programming to electronics manufacturing, Mark came across the world of real estate development as he was exploring different industries in which his colleagues and family worked. He was soon taken with the vision of some day running his own real estate development firm, rivalling the likes of First Gulf and Oxford.

    With his family’s backing, Mark started his own company in 2014 and acquired three parcels of commercial and residential lands in Oakville and Burlington. His short-term goal was to learn as much as possible about all facets of real estate development, such as financing, planning, construction, sales, and operations and put together a team of experts that would help him get his business off the ground.

    After learning so much from his business activities, Mark looked for opportunities to get some formal education in the field and that was when he came across the MREI program. Mark is now both a full-time student at the Schulich School of Business, and is also working on his first few residential developments in Burlington. He also serves on the executive team of the Schulich Real Estate and Infrastructure Club (SREIC) student organization.

    Mark holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University.

  • ZeFeng Zhang

    Prior to joining the Schulich Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure program, ZeFeng worked as a Project Coordinator for a local residential construction company. He was responsible for the on-site management of projects, including custom home construction and renovations. Raised in a contractor family, ZeFeng gained hands-on experience in various trades from a young age. The highlight of his work experience to date was the planning, design and build of the company’s custom residential developments in the Etobicoke area of Toronto. In addition, he is responsible for the operation of his family development business in the Markham and Richmond Hill area.

    ZeFeng joined the MREI program to gain an in-depth understanding of the real estate industry and to connect with industry professionals. He aspires to work in an entrepreneurial environmental, where he can provide added value in real estate acquisitions and development. Upon graduation, ZeFeng plans to secure a position in asset management and gain additional exposure to portfolio construction.

    ZeFeng holds an Honors Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

  • Ali Arabsalmany

    Prior to joining the Schulich Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure program, Ali worked as a project manager in his family’s residential construction company responsible for the administration and on-site management of projects, including luxury custom home builds and renovations.  From a young age, Ali also gained hands-on experience in various trade portions of the projects.  The highlight of his development experience was in the planning, design, build and sale of the company’s first custom build residential development in the Bayview Village neighbourhood of Toronto, which was sold at a record price for the area. He has also been a licensed Realtor in the Province of Ontario since 2012.

    Ali is active in his community, volunteering at a centre for the precariously housed in the Toronto East region, as well as in federal and provincial elections.  Ali also served as the Vice President of the Richmond Hill Young Liberals, having been nominated and elected by his peers. He is also an avid animal lover and is the proud owner of two Maremma Sheepdogs.

    Ali holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminology from York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Dina Badran

    Dina started her professional career in 2011 as a Development Analyst with Emaar Misr – subsidiary of Emaar Properties, one of the largest master-planned community developers in the Middle East.  She was later promoted to Senior Development Analyst, a position in which she managed two of the company’s biggest projects:  Mivida, a mixed-use development spread across 40.9 million square feet of land; and Marassi, a 70 million square foot Mediterranean marine and golf resort.

    Dina chose the Schulich MREI program because she felt it was exactly what she needed to hone and deepen her existing skills and to broaden her knowledge of the industry.  She feels the program’s unique merging of theory and practice will be a definite asset on graduation and will enable her to pick up where she left off professionally in the field of real estate development.

    Dina holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (B.B.A.) specializing in Accounting and Finance from Misr International University in Cairo, Egypt.  She also completed the Real Estate Executive Development program (2015) at the American University in Cairo, and is a CFA Candidate.

  • Abishek Bhasin

    For the last six years, prior to pursuing his graduate studies, Abishek has maintained a successful career as a realtor in residential sales and marketing, having partnered in sales transactions totaling over $100 million.

    In order to serve his clients further and build a portfolio of developer clients pursuing small to mid-sized projects, Abishek is pursuing the Schulich Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure as the perfect stepping stone to an increased portfolio of services and expertise.  In particular, he feels the infrastructure segment of the program will be beneficial as there is huge potential for growth in this sector, which will only increase the demand for knowledgeable professionals.  As a returning student of Schulich, he is also looking to further build upon the quality of the alumni program and to compliment his network and entrepreneurial spirit.

    Abishek holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.  He is also a licensed Realtor in the Province of Ontario.

  • Adam Dermer

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Adam worked in the field of corporate marketing which provided a broader understanding of the business paradigm and paved the way towards a deeper expertise of end-user real estate development.

    Adam joined Schulich’s MREI program to refine and broaden his knowledge of real estate development, fine tune his analytical skill set and build a strong network of industry peers.  Adam has always valued the importance of having strong connections, which inspired him to create the Young Professionals Development Network in 2014.  At Schulich, gaining access to senior industry guest speakers inside the classroom and volunteering outside the classroom in an executive capacity with the Schulich Real Property Students Association have been effective ways to enrich his growing industry network.  Upon graduation, Adam is looking forward to a career as a Development Analyst with the prominent developer Canderel.

    Adam holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

  • Patrick Dos Santos

    Patrick is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over three years of professional working experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ real estate and asset management team in the audit and assurance practice.  He has led engagements for major Canadian real estate developers, asset managers and investors.  His main interests include the institutional market for real estate asset and investment management.

    Outside of the classroom, Patrick is active in the Schulich community as Co-President of the Schulich Real Property Students’ Association.

    Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Benjamin Fogel

    Ben worked as a Project Coordinator for a large national general contracting firm before joining the MREI program.   After being exposed to several P3 infrastructure and development projects from a construction management level, Ben realized that he wanted to get involved in these types of projects from an overall management perspective.  He decided to return to university to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in the infrastructure procurement, development, management and investment industry.

    Outside of the classroom, Ben serves as Vice President, Student Development for the Schulich Real Property Students’ Association.

    Ben holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BEng) specializing in Structural Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Pranavan Ganeshalingam

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Pranavan was a Senior Economist in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, helping to oversee the province’s multi-year fiscal plan and supporting the production of the Fiscal and Economic chapters of Ontario’s Annual Budget.

    In order to follow his strong interest in real estate, Pranavan is now pursuing a Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure as the perfect stepping stone to transition his career into real estate development.  He chose Schulich because of its recognized and long-established, local real estate alumni network, and the unique scope, depth and reach of the MREI program offering over a dozen real estate specific courses taught primarily by industry practitioners.

    In refining his technical skills and broadening his knowledge of real estate development, Pranavan aspires to work in an entrepreneurial environment where he can provide strategic and analytical insights into the acquisition, development and management of a diversified portfolio of real estate assets and development projects.

    Pranavan holds an International Bachelors of Business Administration (i.B.B.A.) specializing in Finance and Economics from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Harrison Ioannou

    Prior to enroling in the MREI program, Harrison worked in legal management with a real estate focused law office, handling acquisition, disposition and refinance transactions. Before that he worked in marketing, where he was responsible for leading large teams involved in product promotion for prominent clients.

    Harrison decided to enrol in the Schulich MREI in order to advance his knowledge in the areas of real estate finance, investment and development.  His passion for the industry began at a young age with family involvement in construction and property management.  Harrison chose Schulich due to its in-depth curriculum, knowledgeable faculty, reputation and vast network in the sphere of real estate and infrastructure.

    Upon graduation, Harrison plans to secure an analytical position in which he can utilize his skills and knowledge of real estate and infrastructure to help guide effective decision-making in investment and development.  Ultimately, he aspires to be a leader in the industry and he believes the MREI program has provided a solid foundation from which to achieve this goal.

    Harrison holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and Business from York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Andrea Jacyk

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Andrea had the invaluable opportunity to work for a prominent luxury condominium developer in downtown Toronto for three years in project management.  She worked on six residential and mixed-use projects in Forest Hill and Yorkville, with large cross-functional teams comprised of architects, engineers, consultants, construction managers, municipal representatives and urban planners.

    While at Schulich, Andrea seeks to build a strong foundation in the real estate development and asset management fields, while enhancing her existing project management and commerce skills and expertise.   She is currently on the Schulich Real Property Student Association executive team.  Upon graduating, she plans to add value and insight to a large real estate developer in Toronto, fuelled by her passion for real estate, attention to detail and strong teamwork skills.

    Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

  • Aleksandrs Jaunkalns

    Prior to Schulich, Aleksandrs worked for two years as a Financial Analyst, then Finance Manager of a successful start-up company in Toronto.   He also held Analyst positions with the RBC Capital Markets and RBC Global Risk Management teams for several years.

    With his background in corporate finance, Aleksandrs decided to pursue a graduate degree to broaden his knowledge of the industry, with the ultimate goal of building a career in institutional investment in real estate.  He chose the MREI program for the opportunities to learn directly from industry professionals, and also to connect with real estate and infrastructure leaders and the Schulich alumni network, who remain very active in the School.

    In his community, Aleksandrs volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Latvian Credit Union, where he also sits on the internal auditing committee and as the Chair of the Finance Committee.

    Aleksandrs holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) specializing in Finance from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

  • Michael Krasic

    For the past eight years, Michael worked at a boutique realty advisory/development firm in Hamilton, Ontario, where he held various progressive roles and responsibilities, including his most recent role as Capital Manager.  In this position, he was tasked with overseeing the debt and equity investments of the organization, while remaining active on commercial development projects.  His responsibilities included mortgage financing, property acquisitions and project management.

    The MREI program offered an opportunity to broaden his understanding of urban real estate. The range of courses – with an emphasis on leadership, quality professors and the reputation of Schulich itself were all driving forces in this decision.  Michael intends to grow as an industry leader by continuing to develop his skill set while managing exciting urban projects.

    In his community, Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a lifetime member of the Croatian Sports and Community Centre of Hamilton, where he served on the Board of Directors as V.P. Business Management and Treasurer for five years.

    Michael holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, as well as a Certificate in Real Property Valuation from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Natasha Kuperman

    Upon graduation in 2007, with a professional degree in architecture, Natasha worked in real estate investment, focusing in natural resource-driven communities across Canada.  The success of the portfolio’s income-producing properties hinged upon research into infrastructure and mining expansion.  As part of the real estate acquisitions team, Natasha was responsible for identifying, screening and recommending potential investment opportunities.

    Natasha then transitioned back into architecture, working as an intern architect in order to obtain her professional license with the Ontario Architects’ Association (OAA).  During this time, she worked primarily on master plan developments and infrastructure projects, coordinating municipal aims, developers’ objectives and engineering work.  This experience led to the launch of her own company focused on architectural design and investment in northern, natural resource-based communities, and was driven by her commitment to the efficient and sustainable improvement of the built environment.

    Natasha joined the Schulich MREI program to obtain a broader and deeper understanding of real estate and infrastructure assets for acquisition and management, and to learn about the structures and opportunities of infrastructure investment. She is the inaugural recipient of the $25,000 RioCan Scholarship.

    Natasha holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from Cornell University in New York, USA.

  • Claire (Xiaoting) Liu

    Claire discovered her passion for the real estate industry while working for two years in accounting and commercial real estate leasing, where she monitored a portfolio of 52 offices across Canada.

    She chose the Schulich MREI program because it specifically targets students looking to advance their careers in real estate and infrastructure by providing systematic, real-world teaching. It offers classes that cover every aspect of the subject from development to management taught by industry professionals. The School’s strong alumni connection is also a reason she chose this program. Claire plans to hone her skill set in property investment and is looking to work in the development field after completing her MREI degree.

    Claire holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) specializing in Accounting from the University of Guelph in Canada.

  • Imran Mangalji

    Imran came to the MREI program at Schulich having spent eight years at the helm of a private real estate holdings firm in Calgary focused on multi-family residential.  Prior to that, he spent four years as a residential mortgage specialist with TD Canada Trust and RBC.  Through these experiences, Imran gained experience in numerous areas of the real estate field, including asset management, property management, tenant relations, project management, strategic acquisition, sales, financing and leasing.  He also gained invaluable skills as an entrepreneur, manager and negotiator.

    Imran chose the MREI program because Schulich is ranked among the best business schools in Canada, and the MREI curriculum was unique and specialized enough to allow him to build upon his experiences.  The faculty and staff have extremely strong connections to the industry that provide students incredible opportunities to network with industry leaders.  Upon graduation, Imran is planning to pursue a career in commercial real estate asset management.

    Imran holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics from the University of Calgary in Canada.

  • Kenneth Ngacaku

    Kenneth has worked within the realm of architecture and development for the past ten years. Adept at programming and administering design to meet a project’s financial and functional goals, he has gained a wealth of broad and multi-faceted experience working within development teams on commercial, residential, institutional, healthcare, educational, and airport projects.

    Kenneth’s interest lies in more clearly understanding the valuable role architects play in enabling commercial property owners to maximize rents and investment values. This is what led him to the Schulich MREI program.  Beyond this design value metric – communicating to developers the investment benefits of superior design – the program addresses the real-world opportunities and challenges that exist to deliver quality development projects through courses such as real estate finance, market analysis and asset/portfolio management.

    Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.  He is a registered Architect in Kenya and South Africa, and is currently pursuing licensure in Ontario, having passed the Canadian entrance exams (ExAC) last fall.  In addition, Kenneth is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Building Design and Construction Specialty.

  • Gaik Petrossian

    Prior to pursuing the MREI designation, Gaik worked at RBC as a Commercial Account Manager, providing financing for real estate investors and trade contractors.  He is passionate about ‘all things real estate’ and chose the MREI program for its strategic scope and the reputation of the Schulich School of Business.  Following completion of his MREI graduate degree, Gaik looks forward to an accelerated career in the real estate development industry.

    Gaik holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from York University in Toronto, Canada.  He also achieved his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2016.

  • Ahmed Zayed

    Ahmed is a talented and results-oriented professional with over 13 years of experience in designing, detailing, managing and directing diverse, multi-billion dollar developments.

    Ahmed has practiced architecture and design management in four different cities, the most recent of which was Dubai, U.A.E., where he worked as a Senior Design Manager for the Investment Corporation of Dubai.  During this tenure, Ahmed managed the design and construction award process of a diverse portfolio of developments, including:  One Za’beel – an iconic mixed-use development that houses an ultra-luxury hotel, high-end luxury apartments, Grade AAA offices and the longest habitable cantilever in the world; and Deira Enrichment – a five million square foot master plan development spanning 151 acres of land and comprising 29 mixed-use plots on historic waterfront lands.

    Ahmed joined the MREI program to gain a holistic knowledge of real estate and infrastructure development and to enhance his development experience and capabilities.  He is the Schulich Graduate Business Council Representative for his MREI class.

    Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Architecture focusing on sustainable and environmental building design from Cairo University in Egypt.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

     

  • Christine (Fan) Zhu

    Prior to Schulich, Christine worked as a Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Credit Analyst at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.  In addition to her professional work experience, Christine has also been developing her own luxury home projects in the city for several years, and she now plans to grow her development company into larger low-rise and mid-rise residential developments.

    Christine joined the MREI program at Schulich to gain an in-depth understanding of the real estate industry in general and to connect with alumni and people in the industry.

    Christine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the University of Toronto in Canada and she is currently a CFA Level III Candidate.

MREI Program Details by Category

Admission Requirements

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Requirement Checklist

Admission to the MREI Program for 2018 is closed.  In 2019, the program will move from Winter (January) to Fall (September) entry.  The Fall 2019 application will open in the coming months.

The general admission requirements for the MREI are listed below. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission, as space in each program is limited. A holistic approach is taken during the application review process and all components of the application are thoroughly reviewed.

  1. An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work.
    • Applicants with 3-year degrees may be considered for admission with a minimum of one year of work experience.
  2. Work Experience
    • One year of full-time, post-graduate work experience required for applicants holding 3-year degrees.
    • Relevant full-time work experience of 2 – 5 years is strongly preferred.
  3. Completion of the online application which requires:
    • Essays (2 written, 1 timed written, 2 video)
    • An up-to-date resume
    • Two references
    • Unofficial copies of transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions*
    • Unofficial copies of GMAT or GRE scores*
    • *Official copies of these documents will be required if an applicant receives an offer to the program
  4. Proof of English language proficiency if studies were not completed in English.
Accepted Tests Minimum Score
IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 on each dimension)
TOEFL  (Schulich’s TOEFL Code is B710) 100 iBT (minimum 23 on each dimension)
  • Applicants who have completed at least two years of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction are not required to submit an English proficiency test.
  • Strong applicants whose first language is not English and do not meet the above language requirements may be considered for admission with the condition of completion of the MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program offered by the York University English Language Institute.

Revised GRE/GMAT policy for Fall 2019 entry (pending York University Senate approval):
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required upon submission of your application. However, submission of these test scores:

  • Is optional should you wish to provide further evidence of academic potential.
  • May be requested by the Admissions Committee if further evidence of academic performance is required. 

For more information please see our Application Tips.

Deadlines

The MREI program is offered on a full-time basis only. Please note that admission to the MREI Program for 2018 is now closed.

Entry Round 1* Round 2 Round 3** Round 4***
September 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA

*International students are encouraged to apply no later than Round 1. International students are still welcome to apply after this date and will be considered for admission pending space in the program. Please keep in mind that you must have enough time to apply for a study permit if you are granted an offer.

**For domestic applicants only. Late international applications may be accepted pending space availability.

 

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Please note: Your GMAT/GRE score and responses from your referees can be completed after your application has been submitted.

Students may only submit a single application. Students are not permitted to apply in multiple rounds or to multiple programs.

Tuition & Fees

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Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure Program Fees

The full-time Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure can be completed over three consecutive terms. The following reflects tuition fees for students entering the program in Winter 2018.

Domestic Students
Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant,
Permanent Resident
International Students
Visa/Study Permit
Cost Per Term: 2018*
(Winter 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018)

Including supplementary fees
 $18,540  $24,220
 Estimated Total Tuition Fee**  $55,600  $72,700

* The cost per term is rounded to the nearest $10. Figures include current ancillary and student referenda fees of $465.85 (full-time) per term. Fees are subject to change. For the most up to date supplementary fee information please refer to the student financial services website.

**Total tuition fees are rounded to the nearest $100.

Study Options

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This program is offered on a full time basis with January admission only. Each student must complete 42.00 credits.

Available delivery options

  • Full-Time 12 months

Location(s)

  • Schulich School of Business - Keele Campus
Graduation Requirements

Curriculum Overview

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The program offers a highly structured curriculum emphasizing leadership and outside-the-box thinking. Students will acquire not only subject expertise but also the integrative skills necessary to manage projects and advance their careers. Course work is delivered through a combination of lectures and assignments, with the extensive involvement of industry experts.

The MREI will require students to complete 42.00 credits over three consecutive terms that coincide with the Schulich academic calendar. In the first two terms, all students will enroll in a set of core courses that cover both real estate and infrastructure with the option of taking electives in either industry during the third term. The third term is also highlighted by a workshop experience that focuses on collaboration and creative thinking.

Note: This curriculum applies to MREI students entering the program in January 2018.

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Term 1 (Winter)

Mandatory for all MREI students, 15.00 Course Credits

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  • LEADERSHIP IN REAL ESTATE AND INFRASTRUCTURE I
  • REAL ESTATE FINANCE & INVESTMENT
  • DEVELOPMENT PROTOTYPES
  • PARTNERSHIP MODELS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY
  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES - URBANIZATION INFRASTRUCTURE & STRATEGIC CHOICES
  • STRUCTURING DEVELOPMENT TRANSACTIONS

Term 2 (Summer)

Mandatory for all MREI students, 15.00 Course Credits

  • LEADERSHIP IN REAL ESTATE AND INFRASTRUCTURE II
  • CHANGING LANDSCAPES - HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE INDUSTRY
  • ECONOMIC FORCES SHAPING THE CITY
  • SITE PLANNING AND DESIGN
  • LIFE OF A PROJECT
  • FINANCING LARGE SCALE INFRASTRUCTURE

Term 3 (Fall)

12.00 Course Credits (2 electives and two mandatory courses)*

Mandatory for all students

  • LEADERSHIP IN REAL ESTATE AND INFRASTRUCTURE III
  • CREATIVE WORKSHOP

 

Select two electives

  • INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE
  • REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
  • COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ASSET MANAGEMENT
  • CASE STUDIES IN INFRASTRUCTURE

* Courses taken during Term 3 will be offered on evenings and weekends. Students will be encouraged to pursue internships or undertake research during Term 3 to enhance experienced-based learning.

Faculty

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Student Clubs

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Schulich Real Estate and Infrastructure Club (SREIC)

Open to all Schulich students interested in the Real Estate and Infrastructure industries, the SREIC is a student-run club that acts as a “bridge” between academics and business. Its mission is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the Real Estate and Infrastructure industries though interaction with industry professionals. Specifically, the SREIC encourages its members to participate in the annual Perspectives Lecture held downtown, invites members to industry conferences, hosts guest speakers and more. Members also have access to exclusive job postings and can include their resume in the sought-after Resume Book. In addition, the Real Estate and Infrastructure community at Schulich is active in competitions: during the 2013-2014 academic year, members of the SREIC including executives, placed 2nd in the regional Developers’ Den competition and 3rd in the international ARGUS Software University Challenge.

Email: sreic@schulich.yorku.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SchulichRealEstateInfrastructureClub/

Contact

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