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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.


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, by the end of 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

UM Student Housing Facebook Page


Summer 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


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


  • 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: 978-1599327228
  • Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020 – Urban Land Institute
  • Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times


  • “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.


Handouts/reprints/digital links of articles from various sources will be made available in class.

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, 


ULI 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 $110. Visit to become a member. 



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:



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.


Other Resources

American Real Estate Society

New Construction Diary by BiggerPockets

Crossman Career Builders

Professional Builder Magazine:

Real Capital Analytics

Small Scale Developers & Builders