MSRED/MSRE Admissions for an International Student

<p>Hey all,</p>

<p>I have searched this forum up and down and can't find any information on Admissions for the MSRED/MSRE programs in the states. As a background, I will finish my undergrad with a Bacgelor of Urban Development (Property Investment Major) from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. After doing a lot of searching on the net, I will have a 3.2-3.4 (approx) US GPA equivilant by the time i graduate in November. I was planning on applying to Grad school this year, or by 2011/2012 (23 at the moment and dont want to wait until im 30 to do a masters). Although I have had a lot of study in Real Estate (finance, valuation etc.), I want to learn a lot more as my course didn't encompass all there is to know about Development/Investment and all I want to do is be involved in property (not a number cruncher). And Brisbane is a small city, and Australia doesn't have the coursework available at institutions in the US and it would be an unreal experience be get a degree from the finest institutions in the world. I understand that a lot of these programs require some experience in the field and you don't need to sit a GMAT/GRE if you have experience, but it doesn't stipulate whether you should have undergrad experience or graduate experience. I've have had 4 years undergrad experience in construction/development industry and have done my own development that should finish at the end of this year so I have a decent understanding of the processes involved. I can also get some excellent LOR's from the faculty here including the head of property (who I now believe has left us for UIC) as well as some other professors and my supervisor for who has been overseeing my 12 month research paper. </p>

<p>Despite this, I would like to know my chances of getting into grad school and what i should be aiming at to get into grad school from anyone who has applied or who has been admitted and what steps I can take to get admitted. I'm wanting to study at Columbia or NYU in a MSRED/MSRE respectively, so if anyone has any information on these programs regarding applications/admissions that would be awsome. </p>

<p>Hope this isn't to brief,</p>

<p>Cheers everyone</p>

<p>You might want to try looking/asking around on the MBA forums too for info on real estate.</p>

<p>LAC, would it be worth doing an MBA for someone my age? My assumption was this was only beneficial for someone who has held some sort of management position in the past</p>

<p>I personally don't know too much about MBAs (except as you mention, that you need a couple yrs at least of experience before applying. I'm in a PhD program.) - so that's why I suggest the MBA forum - I bet they could tell you - I did a simple search on the MBA forums and people have asked about real estate masters vs MBA before - so perhaps you would get better feedback over there.</p>