Undergraduate Certificate Program Real Estate Property Management

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Real Estate Property Management Certificate Overview

Specialize your business degree and open the door to the fast-growing field of property management.

Looking for a fulfilling career where you can leverage your skills to manage a multi-million dollar building? The only program of its kind in Oregon, PSU’s Certificate in Real Estate Property Management (CREPM) builds on your undergraduate business program and gives you a leading edge in the job market. CREPM students have a high probability of gaining employment in the field of property management upon graduation. PSU’s Center for Real Estate offers CREPM students scholarships and a high-touch program with tailored career counseling in the field of real estate, including opportunities to build your employer network. 

The CREPM curriculum is designed to equip business majors with the knowledge to accelerate quickly within the property management world. The program includes courses on property management, in addition to real estate and management electives to develop a mix of technical and people management skills. You’ll explore topics in marketing, finance, and maintenance alongside critical thinking, human resources, and customer service. The CREPM curriculum prepares you for a career maximizing both investment returns and tenant satisfaction.

Degree Details

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Real Estate Property Management Certificate: Why PSU?

  • Recession-proof skills in a high growth field. Jobs in property management remain steady, even during a recession, and are projected to grow by 33,000 in the U.S. by the year 2026 (source: CEL & Associates). The National Apartment Association projects that by 2030 Oregon will add 57,000 and Washington will add 137,000 new apartment homes, all of which need to be managed by educated professionals. 
  • Rapid career advancement. National Apartment Association data suggests that within two years, graduates will quickly gain the experience needed to manage their own apartment community, a multi-million dollar budget, and a team of managers, consultants, and maintenance professionals.
  • Valuable industry connections. PSU's Center for Real Estate opens doors for networking and hands-on learning opportunities in and outside the classroom. The Center has cultivated deep connections with local industry professionals, giving you a leg up in your post-graduation job search. Building Owners and Managers Organization (BOMA), National Apartment AssociationMultifamily NW, and Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) have all partnered with PSU to launch the CREPM.
  • Internship and work opportunities. Students are strongly encouraged to gain real-world experience while they are a student through the PSU CO-OP program or a paid internship in property management.
  • A deep support system. PSU’s Center for Real Estate offers scholarships specifically for CREPM students and access to PSU’s student real estate club, Real Estate Emerging Leaders (REEL).

Real Estate Property Management Certificate Highlights

  • Solid career growth and salary projections in an industry that is always in demand.
  • A rigorous curriculum that complements your undergraduate business program and creates a thorough understanding of the systems that comprise commercial properties: accounting, managing people, legal, fair housing, facilities, and introductory understanding of necessary software and smart building technologies.
  • Experiential learning through property tours and industry guest speakers.
  • Experience assessing a property and developing a thorough management plan with an eye on sustainability.
  • A fast track toward industry designations, including Certified Property Management (CPM) and Residential Property Manager (RPM).
  • Hands-on learning from a school that spent four consecutive years on U.S. News & World Report’s “Most Innovative Universities” list.

What can I do with a certificate in Real Estate Property Management?

Coupled with your undergraduate business degree, this certificate will help you forge a career path in multifamily (market rate and/or affordable housing apartments) or commercial property  (office buildings, retail centers, industrial) management. Career options include:

  • Community Manager
  • Assistant Property Manager
  • Leasing Consultant or Manager 
  • Property Manager
  • Compliance Specialist (affordable housing sector)
  • Facilities management professional
  • Corporate real estate professional
  • Asset Manager

The CREPM also prepares students with real estate-specific knowledge that can be leveraged to find employment in:

  • Lending (underwriting, loan officer, etc.)
  • Brokerage
  • Appraisal
  • Market Research
  • Planning
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Affordable Housing Development
  • Real Estate Accounting
  • Marketing for a Real Estate-Related Firm

Featured Courses

  • BA 332U – Property, Management, and Society (4)**
  • MGMT 432 – Multifamily Property Management, Operations, and Leasing (4)
  • MGMT 433 – Commercial Property and Assessment Management (4)

Download the Certificate in Real Estate Property Management sequence sheet (PDF).

Featured Electives

Choose 1-2 Electives: (minimum 3 credits from this section required)

  • USP 312U – Urban Housing and Development (4)*/**
  • USP 323U – Real Estate Development and Finance (4)*/**
  • USP 434 – Green Buildings (3)*
  • USP 485 – Housing and Environments for the Elderly (3)*
  • ACTG/FIN/MKTG/MGMT/GSCM 404 – Approved Internship (1, 2, or 4)

Choose 2nd Elective: (4 credits, if not completing 2 electives from above options)

  • FIN 439 – Real Estate Valuation (4)
  • MGMT 351 – Human Resource Management (4)
  • MGMT 461 – Reward Systems and Performance Management (4)
  • MKTG 338U – Professional Selling (4)
  • MKTG 464 – Marketing Strategy and Management (4)

*USP courses are considered non-business credit and will not count toward the required 82 credits in business

**These courses are in the Community Studies Junior Cluster and can be double dipped with the certificate and cluster


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