Schulich to launch Canada’s first Master of Real Estate & Infrastructure
TORONTO – Friday, March 4, 2016 – The Schulich School of Business at York University is launching Canada’s first-ever Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure degree program, with classes starting January 2017.
Canada’s largest and fastest-growing industry sector in terms of GDP now has a graduate degree program focused on producing business leaders with the complex expertise to manage its tremendous potential. In an age of urbanization, where governments are making massive investments in infrastructure, Schulich’s new Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure will help develop the leaders needed to create smarter and more sustainable and livable cities.
Building upon the School’s decades-long credentials in delivering the Schulich MBA specialization in Real Estate and Infrastructure, the new one-year Master’s program is the first graduate degree of its kind to be offered by a professional business school in Canada and one of just a few worldwide with a focus on infrastructure.
Schulich’s Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) program incorporates courses in development, investment and financing. It combines classroom learning with a one-of-a-kind co-curricular experience. The program also creates strong linkages between theory and practical application, while capitalizing on a strong 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.
The school’s close association with leaders within Canada’s thriving real estate and infrastructure industries is fostered by Schulich’s culture of engagement and strong worldwide alumni network. In addition, the Schools works closely with the real estate and infrastructure industries through a variety of public events, including the annual Developers’ Den case competition, through which students from leading North American graduate programs are challenged to develop cutting-edge solutions to real world industry issues.
“The Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure is a unique new degree program aimed at developing the city-builders and investment capital gatekeepers of tomorrow,” says Andre Kuzmicki, Adjunct Professor and Director, MREI Program. “With urbanization driving ever more demand for real estate and infrastructure investment around the world, the need for highly educated and broadly skilled development, investment and finance professionals is escalating.”
“Schulich’s new Master’s Degree in Real Estate and Infrastructure is timely and will be extremely well received by the Canadian business community,” says Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO, Oxford Properties Group. “There is a tremendous need for well-prepared business graduates with a strong understanding of the real-world opportunities and challenges facing these growing sectors.”
More information about the Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure program may be found on the MREI website.