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North Carolina Real Estate Schools with Degree and Class Info

Research real estate schools in North Carolina, which currently has three colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

Of the over 200 colleges and universities in the state of North Carolina, three offer degrees or certificates in real estate. Certificate programs typically only require a high school diploma for enrollment, and some schools offer day and evening schedules. To be considered for admission to the graduate certificate and master's degree programs, a bachelor's degree, work experience and an essay are necessary.

The certificate and degree programs train students in the basics of real estate appraisal, transactions and contracts and prepare students to take the state real estate licensing exam. Below are short overviews of the three schools in North Carolina offering real estate classes and programs, in addition to a comparison table listing each school's degree offerings and tuition information.


Cape Fear Community College

Found near the Atlantic Ocean in Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College's offerings include certificates, 2-year degrees, continuing education courses and adult learning classes. CCFC also provides customized education to businesses in or looking to relocate to North Carolina. Students enrolled in the real estate certificate program either have no real estate training or are seeking a credential above North Carolina's provisional real estate license. To support both outcomes, classwork will cover real estate contracts, the role of sellers and buyers, appraisal practices and brokerage management.

  • Program Offered: Certificate in Real Estate Licensing
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,345 (in-state)*,$8,489 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College offers a certificate, diploma and associate's program in real estate at its Winston Salem campus. The certificate program prepares students to work as licensed real estate brokers in North Carolina. First, students learn about real estate transactions, appraisals and common practices. Next, students will complete training through an apprenticeship program. Those who earn the certificate will then be prepared to sit for and pass the real estate licensing examination mandated by the state of North Carolina. The diploma program offers the same basic licensing preparation as Forsyth Tech's Certificate in Real Estate program; in addition, it covers the legal and financial aspects of running a real estate brokerage. Finally, associate's degree program students will take courses in residential property analysis, business law, statistics and market research. The completion of general academic coursework in psychology, communications and the humanities will help students earn enough credit to transfer to 4-year universities.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Real Estate,
    Diploma in Real Estate,
    Associate of Applied Science in Real Estate Appraisal
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,728 (in-state)*,$6,336 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Post-graduates looking to further their education in real estate in North Carolina have the master's programs of the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina to peruse. The school, currently with over 25,000 students enrolled, offers a Master of Science in Real Estate, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in real estate finance and development and a graduate certificate in real estate. The certificate program is the least intensive of the three; a 15-credit hour program, students are required to take a financial management course and then pick four courses from a group that includes real estate development, real estate capital markets and site feasibility analysis.

By contrast, both the M.S. and MBA programs require more than twice as many credit hours - the M.S. requiring 32 and the MBA requiring 37. The M.S. program is designed specifically for students who are seeking careers as brokers, property managers and acquisition specialists; it consists of coursework in construction management and real estate law and also requires students to perform a variety of community service projects over the course of the program. The MBA program is designed more for individuals with simultaneous interests in finance and leadership in addition to real estate. 12 credit hours must come from the real estate track of the program, with the rest coming from the MBA core.

  • Programs Offered: Master of Science in Real Estate,
    Master of Business Administration,
    Graduate Certificate in Real Estate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $5,873 (in-state)*,$18,402 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Real Estate Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-13)
Cape Fear Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Certificate in Real Estate Licensing $2,345 (in-state)*,
$8,489 (out-of-state)*
Forsyth Technical Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Certificate in Real Estate,
Diploma in Real Estate,
Associate of Applied Science in Real Estate Appraisal
$1,728 (in-state)*,
$6,336 (out-of-state)*
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 4-year, public; large city Master of Science in Real Estate,
Master of Business Administration,
Graduate Certificate in Real Estate
$5,873 (in-state)*,
$18,402 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator


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