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Download a brochure: Graduate Online Certificate Program in Real Estate Finance

New York Smart! World-Class Ready!

Advance your career in real estate finance with a unique online graduate certificate program, new from the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College in New York.

The Certificate in Real Estate Finance is a valuable resource for anyone interested in real estate investment. With online courses that cover real estate finance, capital markets, real estate development, and analytical skills for real estate decision making, the program provides a deep look into the challenges and possibilities of real estate investment and finance. Upon successful completion of the program with qualifying grades, students will receive a Certificate in Real Estate Finance.

A unique opportunity for professional advancement

We bring New York City to you with an online graduate-level Certificate in Real Estate Finance from the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute of the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

This exclusive and reasonably priced program consists of online graduate-level courses taught by Baruch College, ranked among the top colleges in the United States. These courses are available online to students with a bachelor's degree in a business-related field or to seasoned professionals with a degree in a non-business field seeking career advancement. Upon successful completion of the program with qualifying grades, you will receive a Certificate in Real Estate Finance.

The convenient online format offers the flexibility to meet your time zone and schedule with lectures, coursework, projects, and communication with professors and other students. You will receive timely online mentoring and coursework commentary, an online community of students also studying for the Certificate, and resources to help you in both your academic and professional careers.

All four courses, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Capital Markets, Real Estate Development, and Analytical Skills for Real Estate Decision Making can be waived in the MS in Real Estate at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College/CUNY, provided you receive qualifying grades in each online course and satisfy the admission requirements of the on-site program. Students who have completed 1-4 courses in the Certificate Program are eligible to apply to the MS in Real Estate program. If accepted, they would still have to fulfill the required 31.5 credits in the MS program, but would not be required to retake the waived courses. This unique format allows you to build on your real estate finance certificate while gaining a hands-on, comprehensive education in real estate.

Easy Application Process

The program is only offered during Fall and Spring semesters. The deadline for applications is 3 weeks before the beginning of the semester. To apply, please submit a resume and one professional or academic reference.

To apply:

Before registering, please read the information below.


Students must have a bachelor’s degree with proof of graduation, in business, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, or a related field. One year of working-experience in business or real estate can substitute for a non-business degree. All applicants must have a bachelor's degree. Official transcripts are required prior to enrollment.


Upon receipt of payment, an email will be sent to the student containing a unique registration link or code to begin the online course module. Registration links and codes will only be provided during business hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.


Tuition is $425 per non-degree credit ($1,275 per course, 3 non-degree credits). In addition, there is a non-refundable $125 application fee payable in full upon submitting an application to the program.


Although we do not charge late registration fees, tuition will not be prorated for missed sessions. After the second class session, course registration is closed.


Refund requests must be dated and submitted in writing. Refunds are processed in the order they are received and may take up to 4 to 6 weeks to be processed.

When Baruch College cancels a course, refunds are made automatically. All other refund requests must be made in writing.

Fees are not refundable, except when classes are cancelled by Baruch College.


Refunds are granted if your written request to withdraw is received by our office as per the schedule listed below. Requests sent by mail will be considered by the date they are postmarked. After the second class session no refunds or credits will be granted.


If student withdraws: Student will receive:
Up to 3 business days before the class start date 100% tuition refund or 100% tuition credit
Before the second class session 50% tuition refund or 100% tuition credit
After the second class session No tuition refund or tuition credit

Registration fees are not refundable, except when classes are cancelled by Baruch College.


Students who wish to withdraw from a course must notify The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute in writing. Failure to complete a course, notifying your instructor of your desire to withdraw, or general dissatisfaction with a course does not constitute a withdrawal and does not entitle you to a refund. Instructors are not permitted OR able to process withdrawals, transfers, or refunds. Students may submit a detailed written request to withdraw to our office by fax, mail, in-person, or via email to


The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute maintains the right to cancel courses, reschedule courses and class hours, substitute instructors, and limit enrollment. If a course must be cancelled, each student may transfer to another course or section or may receive a full refund.



The purchase price of any recommended or required course materials, including textbooks, is not included in the price of the tuition.


Grading and attendance policies vary from course to course. Please consult the applicable student syllabus for course-specific information.

Grades are emailed to students approximately 10 days after the last day of class.

“INC” INCOMPLETE. Students with a documented reason (illness or family emergency) may request an INC.

About the Director

"Our experienced professors are dedicated to helping students gain the tools needed to succeed in their careers," says Professor Yildiray Yildirim. "Education is a global resource, and real estate finance is a global industry. The Certificate in Real Estate Finance reflects this by teachingstudents to apply their real estate trainingand coursework to diverse situations in the real world."

Yildiray Yildirim is Director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute and Chair of the Department of Real Estate at Baruch College. He graduated from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering. He received both his M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Statistics at Cornell University. Previously he taught at Syracuse University, where he became Chair of the Finance Department and Director of the James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center. Among his areas of expertise are Risk rating/Asset pricing. He holds a patent on the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) price formula used throughout the industry.

About the Institution

Baruch College is a dynamic community of scholars and distinguished professionals who educate one of the most diverse student populations in the United States. It boasts 18,000 students, who speak more than 110 languages and trace their heritage to more than 170 countries. The college traces its roots back to the 1847 founding of the first institution of free public higher education in the United States, which became the City College of New York (CCNY). Baruch College has been ranked the #3 Best Value College in the U. S., and is in the top ten among Top Public Universities. In addition, the Real Estate program has been ranked the #5 Most Popular real estate program nationwide.

The Zicklin School of Business
Backed by a long tradition of excellence in public higher education, the Zicklin School of Business is proud to be a leader in providing urban-based undergraduate and graduate business and executive education for the twenty-first century. A school within Baruch College—consistently rated by rankings experts among the top performers in areas relevant to today’s students, such as academic excellence, diversity, and value—Zicklin offers a wide range of part-time and full-time business degree programs that are internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), taught by faculty who are thought leaders and active researchers and practitioners in their fields. Integrated both physically and philosophically into the fabric of New York City, the world’s financial capital, the Zicklin School is committed to delivering relevant, affordable, academically rigorous business education that is both world-class in quality and reputation and worldwide in its impact.

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute serves the students and faculty of Baruch College, New York City’s real estate community, and the broader public interest, with a mission to provide an unparalleled source of non-degree and continuing education, applied real estate research, and timely and relevant conferences.