Admissions


Lillyan Magley

This program has been the highlight of my time at UF. Not only have I developed an expansive knowledge of commercial real estate, I’ve been on site tours, galivanted through conferences, and most importantly developed a priceless network of industry professionals. I am so proud to say, “I’m in the MSRE program at the University of Florida” and I’m grateful to be a part of this community that will last a lifetime.

Lillyan Magley
Class of 2023

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Traditional Master’s

Application Deadline:

Summer 2023 Entry

International: January 1st
Domestic: February 1st

Admission to the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) Program is competitive, with approximately 50-60 students admitted per year. Qualified Candidates will be interviewed by the MSRE admission committee before a final decision is made.

We review each application holistically, and consider all applicants based on individual experiences and skills. There are no guaranteed admissions, even if the minimum requirements are met. Prior work experience is desirable and need not be in real estate; in fact, some of our most successful graduates have used the MSRE to transition from accounting, banking, finance, building construction, planning and other fields to a career in commercial real estate.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved institution
  • 3.2 GPA (last 60 hrs of undergraduate coursework). Average incoming GPA is approximately 3.52
  • GMAT score of 550. Average incoming score is 615 or GRE score of 300. Average incoming score is 320
  • Prior work experience, including summer internships, is preferred (non-real estate experience may apply)

Please begin the application process by filling out the pre-application form to indicate the program format to which you intend to apply.

After you have completed the pre-application, you will submit the Graduate School Application and pay $30 application fee.

When completing the online application, choose:

  • “Primary Program”, look for
  • “Real Estate”, then select
  • Entry term: “Summer B”

UF Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

All applicants must submit the following, preferably in the online application, but may be submitted to Courtney Mack as email attachments:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation
  2. Your resume (required template)
    • “Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your résumé.”
  3. GMAT or GRE test scores
    • Only Exemption: Applicants with a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from submitting the GMAT or GRE. No other exemptions are allowed.
    • If you take the GMAT, select “University of Florida – Warrington College of Business – Masters in Real Estate” in the GMAT drop down menu, and select the UF code 5812, to make sure your official scores are sent to the University of Florida.
  4. College transcript(s) (submit to UF Admission, not MSRE program)
    • Electronic transcripts send to te@admissions.ufl.edu
  5. Statement of Purpose Essay
    • The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:
      • Your motivations for applying to the program
      • Why you think you are a competitive candidate for the program
      • How the program fits into your future goals

Failure to provide required documents will delay processing your application.

International candidates must have a college-level education that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. It is also critical that international candidates are proficient in written and spoken English.

Additional documents:

  • Test Scores
    If English is not your native language and you do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a country where English is the language of instruction, a TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB score must be submitted. University of Florida institution code is 581
  • Visa Requirement
    International candidates who require a student visa should submit their applications early to ensure that there is sufficient time to file the necessary paperwork prior to the start of classes. Upon acceptance to the University and after verification of financial solvency, candidates will receive Form I-20 or IAP-66 for a student visa. Processing of the I-20 paperwork can often take 6-8 weeks and is not started until a candidate has been admitted by the University. Students should not leave their home country before obtaining a student visa or come to the U.S. with a B-2 tourist visa.
  • Accepted Students
    If, officially admitted, international applicants are required to provided documented proof of financial support for the first year. The International Student Advisors at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) will only contact admitted students via email to request this information. Additional information about the I-20/DS-2019 process as well as additional resources can be found at the UFIC website or at the International Admissions information page.
  • Deadlines
    Please be aware that the application deadline for international applicants is earlier than domestic, because of the extra time it takes to process their application materials at the UF Graduate Admissions office. Also, the International Student Handbook provides great information for helping International students learn more about how to adjust to live in Gainesville and at UF.

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Combination Master’s / Bachelor’s

(Current UF Students Only)

Application Deadline:

For Fall: March 1st
For Spring: November 1st

Admission to the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) Program is competitive, with approximately 50-60 students admitted per year. Admission is based on a number of factors including the applicant’s GMAT score, academic record, work experience and fit with our program core values. A preferred candidate for combination bachelors/MSRE admission has taken and excelled in REE 3043 (Real Estate Analysis, offered only in the Fall), attends our Ring Speaker Series presentations, is active in the Real Estate Society and has worked at least one commercial real estate internship. Applications from students inside and outside of the Warrington College of Business are encouraged.

Our typical combination student has:

  • A 3.4 GPA or better (excels in FIN 3403 Business Finance, REE 3043 Real Estate Analysis & QMB 3250 Statistics for Business, or similar upper division Statistics course)
    • If a combination student has taken REE3043 and REE4303 with an A- or higher, then they are exempt from REE6045 (REE6045: Intro to RE)
    • QMB3250 with an A- or higher, are exempt from taking QMB5304, however, must replace credits with a Grad elective course.
  • A GMAT score of 600 or higher
    • Or GRE score of 310 or higher.
  • Completed a Commercial Real Estate internship
    • If you need help locating a CRE internship, please email Kim Beach

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Graduate Admission Requirements

To be completed in the final term of your undergraduate program with your MSRE Combination Degree advisor.

Admission to the Combination Degree program does not constitute admission to the UF Graduate School. To continue with the program after earning the Bachelor’s degree, Combination Degree students must meet the Graduate School’s admissions requirements. To be eligible for graduate admission, students must:

  • Earn a Bachelor’s degree with an upper division GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Complete the online graduate admission application for the MSRE program and pay the application fee by the posted deadline
    Note: The application will calculate the upper division GPA (based on 60 credit hours and beyond)
  • Barring unusual medical circumstances or other unanticipated events, a gap of more than two semesters (including summer) between completing the bachelor’s degree and beginning the master’s degree is not permitted.
  • The graduate admission application should be completed after the Bachelor’s degree application has been submitted
  • Have no conduct flags that disqualify them from graduate admission
  • Submit all required combination degree paperwork by posted deadlines
  • Earn at least a “B” or better in any graduate course in order for it to count toward their Master’s degree

Note: All applicants are required to submit the Information for Residency Classification when they apply to Graduate School. Learn more about Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes.

Students typically apply:

  • sophomore or junior years
  • after or during enrollment in REE 3043 Real Estate Analysis

All applicants must do the following:

Complete the Combination Degree application form online.

Submit all required documents (below) with the application form. Please email if you have any questions.

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation
  2. Your resume (required template)
    • “Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your résumé.”
  3. GMAT or GRE test scores
    • If you take the GMAT, select “University of Florida – Warrington College of Business – Masters in Real Estate” in the GMAT drop down menu, and select the UF code 5812, to make sure your official scores are sent to the University of Florida. Get a GMAT discount code.
  4. College transcripts (an unofficial scan will suffice for the admission process)
  5. Statement of Purpose Essay
    • The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:
      • Your motivations for applying to the program
      • Why you think you are a competitive candidate for the program
      • How the program fits into your future goals
    • Additional information about your GPA, GMAT, or work experience. Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Ideal length is between 1-2 pages.

Failure to provide required documents will delay processing your application.

Combination Bachelor/Master Planning Form

Print this planning form and complete your portion. Contact Allison Gatsche to determine what graduate courses you will be able to substitute for undergraduate courses. We generally require you to meet with an undergraduate advisor before we offer an MSRE admission interview. The advisors must fill out and sign the form.


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Dual JD/MSRE Degree

(Current UF Students Only)

Application Deadline:

For Fall: March 1st
For Spring: November 1st

Admission to the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) Program is competitive and based on several factors, including undergraduate GPA and GMAT or GRE. Prior course work or work experience in Real Estate, finance, accounting, or economics strengthens the student’s application, but not required.

To qualify for dual degree status, current law students must be admitted into the MSRE Program by the end of their fourth law school semester, although earlier applications are strongly encouraged.

Please begin the application process by filling out the Dual JD /MSRE application form.

After you have completed the Dual JD/MSRE application, you will submit the Graduate School Application. When completing the online application, choose:

  • “Primary Program”, look for
  • “Real Estate”, then select
  • Desired entry term: “Fall” or “Spring”

UF Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

All applicants must submit the following, preferably in online application or as attachments in an email to Courtney Mack:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation
  2. Your resume (required template)
    • “Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your résumé.”
  3. GMAT or GRE test scores
    • If you take the GMAT, select “University of Florida – Warrington College of Business – Masters in Real Estate” in the GMAT drop down menu, and select the UF code 5812, to make sure your official scores are sent to the University of Florida.
    • Only Exemption: Applicants with a previously completed graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from submitting the GMAT or GRE. No other exemptions are allowed.
  4. Statement of Purpose Essay
    • The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:
      • Your motivations for applying to the program
      • Why you think you are a competitive candidate for the Dual JD/MSRE program
      • How the program fits into your future goals
  5. Copy of UF Application, test scores and transcripts.

Competitive applicants will be interviewed by the MSRE admission committee. Admission decisions are generally conveyed to applicants shortly after the admission interview.

Failure to provide required documents will delay processing your application.

Additional documents:

  • Visa Requirement
    Upon acceptance to the University and after verification of financial solvency, candidates will receive Form I-20 or IAP-66 for a student visa. Processing of the I-20 paperwork can often take 6-8 weeks and is not started until a candidate has been admitted by the University.
  • Accepted Students
    The International Student Advisors at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) will only contact admitted students via email to request this information. Additional information about the I-20/DS-2019 process as well as additional resources can be found at the UFIC website or at the International Admissions information page.

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Graduate Concurrent Degree

(Current UF Students Only)

Application Deadline:

For Fall: March 1st
For Spring: November 1st

For current UF graduate or professional students only. Dual degree students can share a total of eight credits between both graduate/professional programs, shortening the duration of the MSRE degree.

  • Concurrent Degree (Between Master’s program + Master’s program)
  • Non-Traditional Ph.D./Master’s (Between Ph.D. program + Master’s program)

The Concurrent Degree is designed for students who seek to rise to the challenge of enrolling in a full-time MSRE program while also pursuing an additional professional, graduate or doctoral degree. These programs share class credits, allowing certain credits can be counted towards both degrees. The listed duration of study for a given program is typically extended by one year, and students must be admitted by each program in order to qualify. Starting times for the Concurrent Degree Program are flexible.

Please begin the application process by filling out the MSRE concurrent degree application form.

After you have completed the concurrent application, you will submit the Graduate School Application.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the GMAT or GRE required for the MSRE program?

GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants. The only waiver is if you already have a master’s degree or higher.

Can I submit my SAT or ACT score?

The SAT/ACT is not required but encouraged to make your application more competitive.

Can I submit an application after the deadline?

Yes, but keep in mind that once the deadline has passed the process becomes more competitive towards gaining admission into the MSRE program.

Is this an online program?

UF MSRE program is not an online program.

Do I need to move to Gainesville to be a student in this program?

UF MSRE program requires all students to fully commit to being an full-time student. Students are required to live in or near Gainesville to be available for all classes & events.

Can I work while I'm a student in the MSRE program?

UF MSRE program requires all students to commit fully to being an full-time student. The schoolwork commitment for MSRE’s is too high for full time students to maintain full time employment.

What are the MSRE classes like? What is my weekly time commitment for schoolwork?

The MSRE classes are intense, fast moving and taught in shortened modules. A 2-credit course meets two times per week for 100 minutes each meeting time. And, because courses are offered in 8-week periods, it is possible to have a quiz or project due during the second week of class. In addition, time spent outside of the classroom will be critical to positive performance. Most of the courses require teamwork and group projects, so the ability to work well and communicate with others is a key to success in the program.

The typical equation is for every hour spent in class, there should be 3 hours of study time and depending on the individual student it may be higher. The schoolwork commitment for MSRE’s is too high for full time students to maintain full time employment.