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MRED+U Travel Scholarship

The MRED+U Program encourages students to participate in conferences and events for educational and professional opportunities. We offer a limited number of need-based travel scholarships to partially offset airfare and other travel costs associated with conferences and events.

Logistics for each trip will vary, but generally, we ask that you purchase your travel arrangements on your own, and the travel scholarship will be provided as a scholarship after the trip. Be sure your travel scholarship has been approved prior to booking travel.  Fill out and return this form to to request scholarship.

If you benefit from Federal Financial Aid, you will need to fill out an additional form in order to reimburse your trip. Click on the link to #8-Cost of Attendance Review Form on the Graduate Financial Assistance website.

Travel Scholarship Application

Travel Information Packet

MRED+U Resume Template

Use the following resume template for all MRED+U related correspondence. Return your resume to using the following naming conventions: Last Name First Name_MREDU Resume.pdf.

Download MRED+U resume template

MRED+U Business Cards

The MRED+U program provides business cards to students upon request. You are not required to use MRED+U business cards. Some business/property owners may be willing to give you more information if they know it is for a student project versus professional gain. Providing them with a student business card may help.

If you would like School of Architecture MRED+U business cards, please fill out this form. Be sure to enter your information exactly as you want it on the card. If you would like to use your UM email address on the card, you may wait until you arrive to request business cards. Refer to the student schedule for request deadlines.

Advisory Board and Alumni Mentors

You will be placed with an alumni mentor during orientation. These are alumni that are actively involved in the program and are an excellent resource for you as you embark on your graduate degree.

In addition, during the fall semester you will be asked to select your top three Advisory Board mentor choices. Please review the list of Advisory Board Members so that you are prepared to select your choices.


Students tend to live in the areas near campus, Coconut Grove, South Beach and Brickell. Consider whether you will be driving, biking or taking transit. Brickell tends to be the most expensive, but is very accessible by transit. South Beach is a good drive from campus (depending on the class time it could be during rush hour), but it's a fun place to be. Coconut Grove is close, can be inexpensive, and is a short bike ride.

There is a MetroRail station directly across from campus. MetroRail passes are available at a reduced price to students. Parking passes are about $500 annually.

If you are interested in having a MRED+U student as a roommate, we would be happy to connect you. Please email

UM Off Campus Housing

UM Department of Student Affairs

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Pre-Program Reading

We recommend that you check out the following books this summer, prior to beginning the program.

An Introduction to Real Estate Finance, 2013, Edward Glickman

Commercial Real Estate Analysis & Investments, 2006, David Geltner, et al.

The Complete Guide to Developing Commercial Real Estate, 2011, Robert Wehrmeyer

The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur: How the Growth of Cities and the Sharing Economy Are Driving a New Breed of Innovators, 2016, Boyd Cohen, Pablo Muñoz 

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape, 1993, James Howard Kunstler

The Option of Urbanism, 2009, Christopher Leinberger

Real Estate Finance and Investments: Risks and Opportunities, 2016, Peter Linneman

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism (MIT Press), 2016, Arun Sundararajan

The Walkable City, 2013, Jeff Speck

and anything on the Sharing Economy / Disruptive Technologies such as AirBnB, WeWork, Uber, eg. 

Required Texts - Subject to Change

This list can be used as a guide, but please confirm required texts on your course syllabus as they may change each year. 


New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post: Free/Discounted subscriptions available through the library

Financial Times, Miami Herald,, Barons, Crain’s, The Real Deal, Real Capital
Analytics, South Florida Business Journal, Moody’s Economy.Com,, REIS
Reports, published market reports from the major national and regional real estate brokerage


  • Real Estate Development: Principles and Process, 5th edition (2015) by Mike E. Miles, Laurence M. Netherton, Adrienne Schmitz, published by the Urban Land Institute: Washington, DC. (ISBN: 0-87420-971-4)
  • George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables (2015), Arva Moore Parks, University Press of Florida; Gainesville, FL (ISBN 0813061512)


  • D.Geltner, N.Miller, J.Clayton & P.Eichholtz, “Commercial Real Estate Analysis & Investments, 3rd Edition”, Oncourse Publishing, (ISBN13# 978-1133108825)



  • "Real Estate Market Analysis:  Trends, Methods, and Information Sources" by Deborah L. Brett, Published by Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC, ISBN: 978-0874204285  (Third Edition)
  • "Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier", By Edward Glaeser, Published by Penguin Books, ISBN: 9780143120544
  • "Big Shifts Ahead:  Demographic Clarity for Business", by John Burns and Chris Porter, Published by Advantage Media, ISBN: 978-1-59932-722-8
  • “2023 Emerging Trends in Real Estate®”. PwC and the Urban Land Institute Washington, D.C.  ISBN: 978-0-87420-481-0
  • Wall Street Journal / The New York Times / Washington Post
  • Urban Land Magazine


  • “Urban Economics / 9E”, Arthur O’Sullivan, McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2019, ISBN: 978-007-8021787
  • “Urban Economics and Real Estate: Theory and Policy, 2nd Edition”, John F. McDonald & Daniel P. McMillen, John Wiley & Sons, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-470-59148-2
  • “Reshaping Metropolitan America: Development Trends and Opportunities to 2030 (Metropolitan Planning + Design)”, Arthur C. Nelson Ph.D., Island Press, 2nd Edition 2013, ISBN: 978-1610910194
  • “The Great Reset: How the Post-Crash Economy Will Change the Way We Live and Work”, Richard Florida, Harper Business, 2011. ISBN: 978-0062009050
  • “Urban Economics and Real Estate Markets”, Denise DiPasquale & William C. Wheaton, Prentice Hall, 1996


  • Urban Land Magazine
  • The Real Deal
  • Real Capital Analytics / REIS Reports / CoStar
  • South Florida Business Journal
  • The Economist, The Atlantic, CityLab, Financial Times,, Barons, Crain’s, Moody’s Economy.Com,, published market reports from the major national and regional real estate brokerage firms.




  • Case Study Course-Packs (TBA)
  • 2023 Emerging Trends in Real Estate®. PwC and the Urban Land Institute Washington, D.C.  ISBN: 978-0-87420-481-0
  • Professional Real Estate Development – The ULI Guide to the Business, 4th Edition – 2022.  Author:  Richard Peiser, Suzanne Charles Nick Egelanian, Sofia Dermisi, David Hamilton.  Urban Land Institute Press.  ISBN 9780874204773
  • Building Small:  A Toolkit for Real Estate Entrepreneurs, Civic Leaders, and Great Communities.  Author: Jim Heid Urban Land Institute Press.  Publication Date: March 2021.  ISBN 9780874204681
  • Making it in Real Estate:  Starting Out as a Developer.  Author: John McNellis Urban Land Institute Press.  Publication Date: October 2020.  ISBN 9780874204575
  • Wall Street Journal / The New York Times / Washington Post
  • Urban Land Magazine


Real Estate Market Analysis: Trends, Methods, and Information Sources –3rd Edition - 2019
Brett, Deborah L.
Urban Land Institute Press
ISBN: 978-0-87420-428-5

Real Estate Development: Principles and Process, 5th edition (2015) by Mike E. Miles,
Laurence M. Netherton, Adrienne Schmitz
Urban Land Institute
ISBN: 0874209714

Residential Development Handbook – 3rd Edition
Author: Deborah L. Brett & Adrienne Schmitz
ISBN: 0874209188

Shopping Center Development Handbook: 3rd Edition
Author: Michael D. Beyard and W. Paul O'Mara
ISBN: 0874208521

Resort Development Handbook
Author: ULI-the Urban Land Institute
ISBN: 0874207843

Real Estate Development, 3rd Edition.
Author: Mike E. Miles, Gayle Berens, and Marc A. Weiss
ISBN: 0-87420-825-4

Mixed-Use Development Handbook, 2nd Ed
Author: Dean Schwanke et al.
ISBN: 0-87420-888-2

Multifamily Housing Development Handbook
Author: Adrienne Schmitz et al.
ISBN: 0-87420-869-6

Hotel Design, Planning, and Development
Author: Walter A. Rutes, Richard H. Penner, Lawrence Adams
ISBN: 0393730557

Office Development Handbook
Publication Date: January 1998
ISBN: 9780874208221



Mixed-Use Development Handbook. Schwanke, Dean et al, edited by The Urban Land Institute. 2nd ed, Community Builders Handbook Series. Washington, DC: The Urban Land Institute, 2003 (ISBN-10: 0874208882).

Place Making: Developing Town Centers, Main Streets and Urban Villages. Bohl, Charles C. Washington, DC: The Urban Land Institute, 2002. (ISBN-10: 0874208866) (available via ULI bookstore in print and e-version, and on Amazon)


Construction Management, 4th edition by Daniel W. Halpin and Bolivar A. Senior. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011



The Peebles Principles: Tales and Tactics from an Entrepreneur's Life of Winning Deals, Succeeding in
Business, and Creating a Fortune from Scratch, (2007) by R. Donahue Peebles (ISBN: 9780470099308)

Wealth Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate: Management, Financing and Marketing of Investment
Properties, (2011) by Gary Grabel (ISBN: 9781118115749)

What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, (2019) by Stephen A. Schwarzman (ISBN:

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, (2015) by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler (ISBN: 9781476709567)

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, (2014) by Peter Thiel (978-0804139298)


Am I Being Too Subtle: The adventures of a Business Rebel, (2017) by Sam Zell (ASIN: B0725945CR)

The Big Idea: How to Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True, From the Aha Moment to Your First
Million, (2009) by Danny Deutsch (ASIN: B004RQYVTY)


Abundance: The Future Is Better Thank You Think, (2012) by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler (ISBN: 9781451614213)

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, (2016) by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz (ISBN: 978-0062407801)

Financial Feasibility Studies for Property Development: Theory and Practice, (2013) by Tim Havard (978-0415659178)

Powerhouse Principles: The Ultimate Blueprint for Real Estate Success in an Ever-Changing Market, (2009) by Jorge Perez (ISBN: 9780451223722)

Case Studies

HFF has a set of case studies of transactions closed or on market. These properties / opportunities could be converted into reinforcement assignments for students to practice and refine finance skills. 
Here's a link:

ULI Development Case Studies is available with ULI Membership and is also available in the School of Architecture Library. You can find out more about this database and the case studies available on the following site, 


Student Memberships


All MRED+U students are required to become student members of the Urban Land Institute, which will enable them to take advantage of seminars, workshops, members-only project visits and other activities sponsored by the local ULI District Council and the worldwide ULI organization. Membership will also provide students access to ULI’s web resources and magazine. 

Student memberships are 75% off the Associate Member rate. Visit to become a member. 


The University of Miami is now a ICSC College & University Partner. ICSC is a retail real estate organization offering students networking, internship, mentorship and other opportunities. All UM students are eligible to become members through this program at no additional cost. Students may request your membership by filling out this form, Feel free to pass this along to any UM student who may be interested in real estate. Email with any questions.

Real Estate Software


MRED+U students will receive access to CoStar, a web-based commercial real estate research and information service. Sign the Student Acknowledgement Form and return to to gain access. You will receive information via email directly from CoStar within the first few weeks of the semester. 


Please register at the link below and Gridics will upgrade your accounts for full access:


MRED+U Students will receive access to REIS a commercial real estate data and analytic tool. 


MRED+U Students will recieve access to REFM, real estate financial modeliing trainings.

Post Graduate Opportunities

CCIM University Fast Track

University of Miami graduates are eligible for the CCIM University Fast Track, Earn the CCIM designation at an accelerated pace though the University Fast Track. Graduates of real estate master's programs from approved colleges and universities will get credit for most of the core designation courses.

Academic Membership: $50 rate that allows gives you access to many of the benefits including STDBonline which is a great resource for students (


Florida Real Estate Sales License

If you are applying for your real estate sales license, take advantage of Education Exception.

EDUCATION EXEMPTIONS: If you hold a 4 year degree, or higher, in real estate you may be exempt from the pre-license education requirement. In order to determine your exemption please submit an original certified transcript with your application for review. If you wish to submit prior to application, please send an original certified transcript with cover letter to: Division of Real Estate, Attention: Education Section, 400 West Robinson Street, Suite N801 Orlando, Florida 32801.


Other Resources

University of Miami Library Resources

American Real Estate Society

New Construction Diary by BiggerPockets

Crossman Career Builders


Professional Builder Magazine:

Real Capital Analytics

Small Scale Developers & Builders