Studies designed to prepare students for real estate appraiser certification in New York can be found at numerous for-profit schools; however, this article focuses on programs at public and private, not-for-profit schools. Certification preparation programs and individual continuing education courses in real estate appraising are available. In addition, relevant courses are offered through larger bachelor's and master's degree programs in business with a concentration in real estate. State-approved qualifying courses can be found at the 3 schools profiled below.
CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College
One of 24 schools in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Baruch College is located in Manhattan. The school enjoys high rankings from Forbes, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, and the most popular programs are offered by the Zicklin School of Business, which houses the William Newman Department of Real Estate.
Baruch's professional education division offers a real estate appraisals certificate program that includes the 7 courses required for state licensure as a licensed residential real estate appraiser/appraiser assistant. Some of the course topics address appraisal standards, cost approach and report writing. Students may purchase the courses individually or pay for the program in full at a discounted rate.
Undergraduates can pursue either a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate with a concentration in real estate development or investment or a 9-credit minor in real estate. For graduates, there's a Master of Business Administration or Master of Science program in real estate, as well as a Ph.D. in Business program with a 6-credit real estate track.
New York University
New York University (NYU) in Manhattan was established in 1831, and it has 18 academic colleges and schools. Through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate, as well as graduate certificates and Master of Science programs in construction management and real estate.
Westchester Community College (SUNY)
The main campus of Westchester Community College is based in Valhalla, and the school is the largest postsecondary school in the county. The college serves as home to the most extensive continuing education program in the state university system, and unique to the program is the Center for Real Estate Education.
In 2013, the center offered three licensing courses for real estate appraisers that covered topics in income approaches and sales comparisons, finance and report writing. Continuing education courses are also available for real estate appraisers, with some topics addressing foreclosures and short sales, condominiums and co-ops, gross living area calculations and pre-purchasing requirements. Both the licensing and continuing education courses are approved by the New York State Department of Education.
Real estate appraisers in New York must have a license or a certification from the New York Department of State's Division of Licensing Services. In addition to the application fee, the requirements for a state certified general or residential real estate appraiser include the completion of relevant coursework, a satisfactory score on a written exam and at least two years of professional experience.
The academic requirements for the general real estate appraiser certification include 300 hours of coursework, as well as a bachelor's degree or 30 college credit hours. Residential real estate appraisers must complete 200 hours of coursework and have either an associate's degree or proof of 21 college credit hours.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Real Estate Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees|
|CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College||4-year, public; large city|| Real Estate Appraisers Certificate,
Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate,
Minor in Real Estate,
Master of Business Administration in Real Estate,
Master of Science in Real Estate,
Doctor of Philosophy in Business with a real estate track
|$7,262 in-state; $14,932 out-of-state (2018-2019 undergraduate tuition and fees)*|
|New York University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Real Estate,
Master of Science in Real Estate
|$51,828 (2018-2019 undergraduate tuition)*|
|Westchester Community College (SUNY)||2-year, public; large suburb||Center for Real Estate Education Courses||$25-$620 (flat fees for licensing and continuing education courses)**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites