Program: Real Estate Certificate

Program Description

The certificate in Real Estate is designed to prepare the individual who already holds a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Real Estate for entry into careers in real estate sales, brokerage, investment, management, appraisal or mortgage banking.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

A. Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum of 2 years of work experience.
  3. Resume or curriculum vitae.

B. Program Requirements

  • Course credit must be earned through regular or extended learning enrollment at California State University, Northridge.
  • No more than 25 percent of the units required for the program shall be transfer units. The program coordinator will evaluate all transfer units.
  • An application for the award of a University certificate must be filed no later than the first two weeks of the semester in which the program is to be completed.
  • Candidates are eligible for the certificate when recommended by the faculty certificate coordinator and upon completion of the program within a 5-year period with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (a “B” average) in the program coursework. Grades below a “C” and grades of “I,” “RP/SP” or “RD” are not permitted toward the certificate.

1. Required Courses (6 units)

RE 412 Real Estate Practice (3)
RE 414 Real Estate Principles (3)

2. Elective Courses (9 units)

Select 9 units from the following:

BLAW 453 Negotiation (3)
BLAW 481 Real Estate Law (3)
RE 416 Real Estate Appraisal (3)
RE 418 Real Estate Market and Development Analysis (3)
RE 420 Real Estate Finance (3)

Total Units Required for the Certificate: 15


Department of Business Law
Chair: Kurt M. Saunders
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3121
(818) 677-2905

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Real Estate Certificate will be able to:

  1. Be eligible to apply for state licensing.
  2. Apply discipline-specific knowledge and skills in the field of real estate. This learning outcome includes a working knowledge of real estate principles, real estate finance, real estate law and appraisal.
  3. Demonstrate professional-level written communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use critical-thinking skills when analyzing and solving problems.