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REALTOR® University Granted Approval to Offer Master of Real Estate Degree Program

Media Contact: Jonathan Salk / 312/329-8419 / Email

CHICAGO (February 8, 2012) - REALTOR® University now offers a Master of Real Estate degree for real estate professionals who are interested in expanding their education to advance their career and improve their business.

Recently granted operating and degree authority by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, REALTOR® University was established by the National Association of Realtors®.

“The Master of Real Estate Degree program will go a long way toward raising professionalism in real estate and creating the highest standard of competency in the industry,” said REALTOR® University President and NAR Chief Executive Officer Dale Stinton.

REALTOR® University’s mission is to foster life-long student learning through high-quality entrepreneurial and career-oriented programs in real estate. The University will deliver its programs through a global online campus to meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Courses include a business and real estate core curriculum and five concentration areas in Real Estate Association Management, Asset and Property Management, Sales, Marketing and Management, Appraisal and Valuation Services and Commercial Investment and Analysis.

The first Master of Real Estate courses will be available February 27. Courses will be offered in eight week sessions, six times annually and taught by Ph.D.-level academic/practitioners. REALTOR® University also has the largest real estate library in the world and a research center which is a think tank/real estate research laboratory that provides current, hands-on and results-oriented data and analysis relevant to industry trends and policy issues from a practical standpoint.

“REALTOR® University is a groundbreaking initiative that will have a major impact not just for REALTORS® but also for the entire real estate industry,” said Chairman of the University Board of Regents, Richard Rosenthal. “We will offer applied education to help students capture the knowledge, skills and business fundamentals they need to meet current and future challenges in the real estate industry. We will provide our students with scholarships, internships and mentoring to help them along their journey.”

REALTOR® University also includes the School of Professional Development and Continuing Education, with over 400 hours of online education leading to several designations and certifications. This includes continuing education credit-approved courses available in most states.

For more information on REALTOR® University, visit www.REALTORU.com or call 855-786-6546 (855-RUONLINE).

About REALTOR® University

REALTOR® University is an Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established by the National Association of REALTORS® and organized and operated exclusively for educational, research and related purposes. The affairs of the University are under the direction of its Board of Regents. REALTOR® University will operate a degree granting educational institution that will offer and award a graduate degree concentrating on real estate and real estate business, offering professional development and continuing education in real estate, provide scholarship assistance programs and develop and operate the REALTOR® University research center to conduct and disseminate real estate research and data.

About the National Association of Realtors®

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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