Master in Design Studies (Real Estate)

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
18 months
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Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MDesS program normally hold a professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning and design. Applicants with a degree in a related discipline such as engineering, geography, computer science, or industrial design also qualify for admission. The program seeks applicants who have demonstrated overall academic and/or professional achievement in the design fields and who have the potential for advanced work in the area selected for study.

Applicants must specify which of the offered eight areas of study they wish to pursue. Each area has specific course requirements and electives and is under the guidance of an area academic advisor. The specific course work is customized to each student’s qualifications and academic and professional objectives and is constructed by the individual student in consultation with his or her academic advisor.


First Term

  • Markets and Market Failures
  • Real Estate Development and Finance 
  • 8 Units Electives

Second Term

  • Public and Private Development   
  • Public approvals for private development projects  
  • Design Typologies and Financial Operation for Urban Developments   
  • 8 Units Electives

Third Term

  • 16 Units Electives

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