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Certificate in Real Estate

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. The certificate will not serve as a waiver to the experience requirements of the Broker License.

Our mission is to equip students with the academic knowledge, problem solving, analytical and professional skills in real estate necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Applications are accepted every semester.  Please apply on the Cal State Apply website:

Certificate in Real Estate Catalog listing

Certificate in Real Estate FAQs

 What are the program requirements?

Please take a look at the University Catalog listing for the program details and admission requirements.

Where do I apply for the program?

The first step in the process is to ensure that you are eligible to join the program. Please review the requirements in the University Catalog. The next step is to review and start the application process with Admissions and Records.

I already have a bachelor’s degree. Can a get a Certificate in Real Estate?

Yes. The Certificate in Real Estate is specifically designed for people who already have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in getting licensed as a Real Estate Salesperson/Agent.

I’m interested in getting a Certificate in Real Estate. How strong is CSUN’s program?

Frankly, we’re great.  Our business programs are accredited by AACSB (an achievement obtained by only 5% of the world’s business schools).  Our real estate classes are staffed by professors who have excellent academic credentials combined with real world experience.  We have a vigorous speakers’ series and opportunities for internships.  CSUN has one of the largest real estate program of the 23 CSU campuses and is represented on California’s Real Estate and Land Use Institute. 

Is it possible to get financial aid for enrollment in the certificate program?

Yes, the Certificate in Real Estate is eligible for financial aid.  You can find out more about the types of financial aid available here:


California Course Requirements for eligibility to sit for Real Estate Broker's and Agent's exams

BrokerCSUN Equivalent
1. Real Estate Practice; andRE 412
2. Legal Aspects of Real Estate; andBLAW 481
3. Real Estate Finance; andRE 420
4. Real Estate Appraisal; andRE 416
5. Real Estate Economics or Accounting; andRE 418,  ECON 310 or ACCT 220
6. Three courses from the following list: 
Real Estate PrinciplesRE 414
Business LawBLAW 308 or BLAW 280
Property Management 
Real Estate Office Administration 
Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending 
Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate 
Advanced Real Estate Finance 
Advanced Real Estate Appraisal 
Computer Applications in Real EstateIS 312
Common Interest Developments 
Note: If both Real Estate Economics and Accounting are taken,          only two courses from section 6 are required. 
Agent/SalespersonCSUN Equivalent
1. Real Estate Principles, andRE 414
2. Real Estate Practice, andRE 412
3. One course from the following list: 
Real Estate AppraisalRE 416
Property Management 
Real Estate FinanceRE 420
Real Estate EconomicsRE 418 or ECON 310
Legal Aspects of Real EstateBLAW 481
Real Estate Office Administration 
General AccountingACCT 220
Business LawBLAW 308 or BLAW 280
Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending 
Computer Applications in Real EstateIS 312
Common Interest Developments 

Note: This information is intended to aid students in preparing for licensure but we are not authorized to make representations on behalf of the California Bureau of Real Estate. Kindly consult them for more information.

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