The Auburn MRED

See what others don’t – Build what others can’t.


We’re training a new generation of executives to make places that matter.

Auburn’s Harbert College of Business and its College of Architecture, Design and Construction have combined to create a program that equips you with the skills necessary to master the key aspects of real estate development: 

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You’ll learn about sustainable development and natural resource efficiency while building a solid foundation of business knowledge. Our blended format of campus residencies, distance learning and field studies means you do not have to quit your job. And with our emphasis on tangible skills, what you learn today, you’ll put in practice tomorrow. The Auburn MRED will broaden your knowledge, expand your opportunities, and advance your career.


An MRED 2016 student reviews site visualizations in Singapore.

Application & Admission

  • 21 months from start to finish, five semesters

  • Admission in August of each year – only one application – can be completed on line at /

  • Application, resumé, personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, and transcripts (from each school attended, whether a degree was awarded or not).  Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here: 712-344-9277

  • 4-year undergraduate degree

  • No GMAT Required

Three to five years of increasingly responsible work experience preferred.

Tuition is $58,500 and includes: all textbooks, cases, instructional materials, lodging during the residency weeks at Auburn and on domestic and international field studies, as well as student fees and student memberships in the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP and ICSC.  


The Experience

Foundation work

All of the courses in the program are designed to take students from diverse educational backgrounds and bring them to the same starting point to address the material.  We do make some foundation materials in Finance available to everyone prior to the core Finance courses in the program.


An MRED student discusses an issue with her cohort.

The Auburn residency

Over 21 months, the Auburn program combines six short on-campus residencies with distance learning. This design lets you keep your work schedule and gives you the opportunity to connect with faculty, classmates, program alums, and visiting industry professionals. â€‹7704220102


The first week

We’ll handle all the details –registration, orientation, even books- so nothing interferes with your learning.  In this first residency, we’ll acquaint you with the academic policies that will frame your graduate studies.  We’ll have a day of team-building activities that introduce you to your classmates; we’ll focus intensively on the two courses you’ll take and introduce you to our distance materials and technology.  When you leave campus at the end of one short week, you’ll have everything you need to complete your coursework for the semester.


MRED students learn to overcome challenges as a team during their residency ropes course.

Distance learning

Easy-to-use distance technologies, convey most of the curriculum, and a syllabus and a set of deliverables keep you on track. We’ve designed the distance materials to be viewed in small segments so you can progress even if you have only a few minutes at a time. You'll be able to stream the lectures, or download them and watch them offline if you need to. Here's a playable example of one of our lectures:


Our graduates will tell you that the program design and the distance technologies allow you to fit the work into your own schedule.  You’ll have only two courses a semester and we’ve coordinated the assignments between the courses so due dates don’t conflict.  You can expect 15 hours per week for academic activities –lectures, readings, case studies, and assignments.  It’s a commitment.  But it’s a commitment to growth.

Field studies

There are three domestic and one international field study.  We take you to projects in various stages of development here, and abroad.  You’ll have the chance to speak directly with developers, architects, contractors, equity firms, regulatory officials, and get an on-site look at how some of the most interesting projects are created.

It’s unusual for an MRED program to have an international field study, but our experience has demonstrated that a direct interaction with international developers opens the door to new ideas, new ways of assembling the pieces of a deal.

MRED 2017 students visit a site under development by an MRED alumnus.


In your last semester, you’ll participate in a semester long project which will integrate all that you’ve learned.  This capstone is not a theoretical exercise, but an actual development under consideration.  With a team, you’ll respond to a Request for Proposal, craft the proposal over the course of the semester and –during the last residency— present your ideas to a panel of practicing development professionals and members of the actual development team.  


MRED students evaluate a presentation.


Your final residency includes your graduation.  We’ll order your cap and gown and invite your friends and family to a dinner and ceremony in honor of your achievement.


You don't have to take our word for it. Here's what some alumni shared with us about their experiences in the program:

Alumni success stories

Click the card to view an alumnus' story.



We pride ourselves on our network of contacts, and we make sure that your education is exceeds industry expectations by consulting with experts. Here are our teams of consultants:

Alumni Council

Mr. Will Andrews '12
Proffitt Dixon Partners
Charlotte, NC
Mr. Hilton Barry '13
Avison Young
Smyrna, GA
Mr. Beau Bevis '13
ARC Realty
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Garret Biss '16
Keller Williams New Bern
New Bern, NC
Ms. Kendall Butler '17
F. L. I. Properties, Inc.
LaGrange, GA
Ms. Gaby Cavalier '15
D. R. Horton, Inc.
Lake Bluff, IL
Ms. Bobbi Curry '12
HD Supply
Marietta, GA
Mr. Jack Davis '16
B.L. Harbert International, LLC.
Charleston, SC
Mr. Ryan Doyle '12
Places Nashville
Brentwood, TN
Mr. Damon Duncan '15
Housing Authority of Elgin
Elgin, IL
Mr. Robert Ferrara '14
Blue Oak Development, LLC.
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Carey Gilbert '15
J. H. Berry & Gilbert, Inc.
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Brad Gooden '16
B & L Recycling
Opp, AL
Mr. Marshall Grice, Jr. '13
IMMC Maintenance Support Div. ILS
Madison, AL
Mr. Sylvester Harris '15
S. J. Harris & Company, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Phillip Hasha '12
The Redmont Group, LLC.
Honolulu, HI
Mr. Jason Hebert '15
TRO Jung Brannen
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Jeff Hill '16
Coldwell Banker Hill Real Estate
Cullman, AL
Mr. Cordell Hinton '17
Hinton Realty Group
Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Glenn Horton '14
Southern Properties
Fort Payne, AL
Ms. Katya Hristova '16
Wheat Capital Management, LLC.
Orlando, FL
Mr. Walter Kelley '16
ARC Realty
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Mark Lassere '13
Concordis Real Estate Advisors, LLC.
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Joe Mackey '17
One Stone Realty
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Chuck Mathewson '17
Erates Mortgage
Waxhaw, NC
Mr. Grant McCaleb '17
Harris Doyle Homes
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Randy McKinney '14
Realty Executives Gulf Coast
Gulf Shores, AL
Mr. Jonathan McPhail '13
Benchmark Homes, LLC.
Flowood, MS
Ms. Meghan Michel '16
Alliant Commercial Realty
Hermitage, TN
Mr. Jon Nee '17
Robins & Morton
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Kurt O'Brien '14
Simply Self Storage
Windermere, FL
Mr. Hobie Orton '13
White Point Partners
Charleston, SC
Mr. Nathan Purath '16
The Michaels Development Company
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Thornton Ratliff '15
The Dobbins Group
Birmingham, AL
Ms. Frost Rollins '17
Planning Innovations, LLC.
Auburn, AL
Mr. Eli Rozier, Jr. '15
The Avail Group, LLC.
Fleming Island, FL
Mr. Philip Shepard '12
Hoar Construction
Nashville, TN
Mr. Matt Siegfried '15
Waxhaw, NC
Mr. Jamie Smithson '15
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Mack Sowell '17
Simply Self Storage
Winderemere, FL
Mr. Ryan Takaki '12
The Redmont Group, LLC.
Honolulu, HI
Mr. McClain Towery '14
Towery Development
Nashville, TN
Mr. Mark Valudos '17
Jones Lang LaSalle
Fort Worth, TX
Mr. Tripp Ward '13
Equitas Management Group
Dalton, GA
Mr. Brad Wardlaw '12
The Redmont Group, LLC.
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Ben Wieseman '12
REV Birmingham
Hoover, AL
Mr. Chris Woodruff '12
The Cotton Companies
Columbus, GA

Advisory Board

Ms. Jennifer Autrey
Aronov Realty Management
Montgomery, AL
Mr. Brent Barringer
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Garret Biss
Keller Williams New Bern
New Bern, NC
Mr. Jonathan Broadway
LHT Commercial Real Estate, LLC.
Huntsville, AL
Mr. William Crumbly Byrd II (Beau)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, AL
Mr. E. Gerry Cabaniss, III (Gerry)
Bellweather Enterprise
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Richard Campbell, III (Rich)
VERITAS Commercial Real Estate
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Alan Chandler, Jr.
Doster Construction
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Lyle Darnall
Columbia, SC
Mr. David Dennis
Specialty Contractors and Associates
Gulfport, MS
Mr. Ryan Doyle
Places Nashville
Brentwood, TN
Mr. David P. Garcia
National Housing Preservation Advisors
Denver, CO
Mr. Aubrey Sims Garrison (Sims)
Fairway Investments LLC.
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Carey Gilbert '15
J. H. Berry & Gilbert, Inc.
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Pat Henry
Daniel Corporation
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Ernest Johnson
ApexOne Investment Partners
Houston, TX
Mr. Warren Jolly
The Providence Group of Georgia
Suwanee, GA
Mr. Frank L. Langston
NAI TALCOR Commercial Real Estate
Tallahassee, FL
Mr. W. Wesley Lee
Branch Banking and Trust Company
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Dan Lovell
Graham & Co.
Birmingham, AL
Ms. Cheryl Morgan
Retired, Urban Studio
Ms. Marcia G. Moulton
San Francisco, CA
Mr. Kurt O'Brien
Simply Self Storage
Windermere, FL
Mr. Justin Patwin
AJ Capital Partners
Chicago, IL
Mr. Howard J. Porter
Porter Properties / Traylor – Porter Healthcare
Auburn, AL
Mr. Mike Rogers
Rogers & Willard, Inc.
Mobile, AL
Mr. Atwood B. Rush Jr. (Woody)
Jim Wilson & Associates
Montgomery, AL
Mr. Francis Sapienza
Cambridge Holdings
Dallas, TX
Mr. Len Shannon, III
Shannon Waltchack
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Kenneth R. Stephens (Ken)
Retail Property Advisors, LLC.
Tampa, FL
Mr. Merrill Stewart
Stewart / Perry
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Joe Toole
Retirement Systems of Alabama
Montgomery, AL
Mr. McClain Towery '14
Towery Development
Nachville, TN
Mr. William O'Neal Whitt III (Trey)
Dent Moses, LLP
Birmingham, AL
Mr. Brett Wilkinson
Warren Averett, LLC.
Montgomery, AL
Mr. Greg Winchester
Explorer Capital, LLC.
Atlanta, GA
Mr. J. Mark Wolf
JHP Architecture / Urban Design
Dallas, TX
Mr. Chris Woodruff '12
The Cotton Companies
Columbus, GA



Our students have an average of 12 years’ professional experience.  We expect at least three. We value the maturity that comes with practice and seek candidates whose breadth of knowledge can expand the experience of their classmates.


MRED 2016 students work through an in-class assignment.


As a land-grant institution, Auburn is focused on providing practical, applicable knowledge that creates value.  That’s what we do.  What you learn today, you can use tomorrow.

The program is taught by faculty from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and from the Harbert College of Business.  All have real world development skills and solid experience teaching adult learners. All are accomplished teachers who can create the intellectual challenges that will refine your skills and give you the tools to take control of your career. View our faculty directory here.

Our staff provides what one graduate called, “concierge service.”  We’ll register you for all of your courses, order your books and course materials, make your hotel reservations, coordinate your international trip, and order your cap and gown at graduation.  We’re here to let you focus on learning.


Getting started

Getting started is easy! Simply 3064154478 to begin your application.

If you’re interested but have questions, please contact our admissions coordinator. He'll answer those questions, and guide you through the application process.

Joe Collazo

Assistant Director
Graduate Executive Programs
(877) AUB-EMBA

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