We want our students to be great Place Makers, not just builders of projects. The Future is Developing!
We believe knowledge cannot be bound by a classroom or an individual area of concentration. As an MRED student, you will use current development projects in the rapidly growing, surrounding Southeastern states as a living, breathing classroom for the ultimate immersion learning experience.
Academic faculty have substantial professional experience and we also have several leading real estate professionals from the 1.4 million-person Greenville area who are class lecturer-instructors. We also have many guest speakers and are very active with the real estate development community. MRED is an applied professional program focusing on the best practices of the industry.
Class sizes are small to ensure that students have a nurturing environment that allows their natural talents to flourish. The program seeks an interdisciplinary student body that is entrepreneurial, yet team-oriented.
The program creates the educational opportunity for future development entrepreneurs to produce exciting, quality projects respecting environmental and economic sustainability, social consciousness, design excellence and financial feasibility within the risk-reward framework. The development industry is complex and requires leaders trained from diverse disciplinary perspectives.
The program primarily follows the principles of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), which acknowledges that development is a public-private partnership and that quality development requires integrating the perspectives of community, environment and economics.
The program focuses on the “master builder” concept, the methodology promoting an entire vision for a community through sustainable design, creative financing, place-making and healthy communities. A graduate will become a visionary who serves as a craftsperson and designer of neighborhoods and community development, one who recognizes the role of the developer in guiding the different aspects of creating the built environment—political, economic, physical, environmental, legal and sociological parameters.