Individuals seeking real estate programs in Colorado have three colleges to choose from. Aside from graduate and undergraduate degree programs in the field, there are also non-degree programs designed to help students qualify for licensure with the state. Many of these programs can be completed in less than a year. Real estate is also offered within some business administration degree programs. Graduate degree programs may be available online.
Overviews of three schools with programs are provided below, along with a table to compare programs.
Emily Griffith Technical College
Located in downtown Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College offers two real estate programs. Students in the Real Estate Appraiser program start by performing appraisals under the guidance of a licensed appraiser before gaining the skills needed to be licensed appraisers qualified for working with 1-4 units that have loan amounts of under $250,000. Coursework in the program covers basic appraisal, real estate appraisal, market analysis, and other topics. The program takes eight months to complete.
The real estate broker program consists of two classes covering real estate brokerage. These two courses are completed in two months and meet the requirements needed to apply for licensing as Colorado real estate brokers.
Red Rocks Community College
Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood offers associate's degree and certificate programs to around 14,000 students. Students can earn an associate's degree in real estate, which requires 60 credits in the major and six credits in electives for completion. Coursework includes topics such as real estate brokerage, management principles, English composition, accounting, business communication, and ethics. In addition, the community college offers a 2-class real estate certificate broker program that meets the educational requirements for licensing.
University of Denver
This university in Denver is one of the oldest private universities in Colorado. Over 90 undergraduate and 120 graduate programs are available, with real estate programs offered at both levels.
Students can major in real estate and the built environment in a BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) program. The program requires 185 credits, with general education requirements, a core business curriculum, and classes focusing on real estate topics.
The master's program in real estate and the built environment is an 18-month program that can be completed in the classroom or online. Coursework includes real estate taxation, income properties management, and construction codes and documents.
Those interested in a real estate career must take the required exam after completion of a real estate program to gain licensure.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Real Estate Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Emily Griffith Technical College||Less than 2-year, public; large city|| Real Estate Appraiser Program,
Real Estate Broker Program
|Red Rocks Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||
Associate of Applied Science in Real Estate,
Real Estate Certificate
| $4,158 in-state
|University of Denver||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Real Estate and the Built Environment,
Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment
Source: *NCES College Navigator. **School's website