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Graziadio Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Executive Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Program in Collaboration with the Mo

ORLANDO, Fla. & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management announced today they will offer a six-month Executive Certificate in Commercial Real Estate, beginning in March 2016. The program aims to accelerate higher-level career opportunities for commercial real estate professionals.

Executive Certificate in Commercial Real Estate helps real estate professionals acquire graduate-level education

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Developed by Pepperdine University faculty member Dr. Abraham Park, Director of Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate and Associate Professor of Finance, and John Heffernan, PE, Director of the Executive Real Estate Certificate Program, the curriculum is based on Mortgage Banker Association-established training combined with Dr. Park’s extensive experience in the commercial real estate equity and REIT fund investment.

“Real estate is a vast and highly segmented industry. Real estate professionals form one area may find their previous education and training either too narrowly focused or insufficient for transitioning into higher-level career opportunities,” said Dr. Park. “The Pepperdine Graziadio Executive Certificate in Commercial Real Estate is an opportunity for real estate professionals to acquire practical, cutting-edge, graduate-level education.”

“Our industry needs to continue to recruit, develop, and retain top talent. MBA is proud to join with Pepperdine Graziadio to forge this partnership that offers great value that will serve as a foundation for MBA to expand its educational efforts,” said David H. Stevens, CMB, President and CEO of MBA. “Pepperdine Graziadio students in the program will have access to certain MBA education and training programs and MBA members will build connections to talented future industry leaders.”

As trusted advisors, commercial real estate professionals must stay up-to-date on new rules, trends and the ever-changing market. The training also helps improve marketability and open career doors through networking opportunities.

The program also incorporates materials and programming from the Mortgage Bankers Association Education’s Commercial/Multifamily Courses, making it a first-of-its-kind industry program to combine graduate school certificate education with industry-recognized training curriculum.

The certification is designed for mid- to senior-level professionals in the commercial real estate industry who seek career advancement, continuing education credits and professional designations. Students learn critical analysis and evaluation skills for transacting successful acquisition, financing, asset management and development deals. They will also learn the intricacies of private equity real estate, private debt/finance, publicly traded real estate (REITs), securitized debt and real-estate development.

The Executive Certificate in Commercial Real Estate program kicks off March 4rd. The program is designed for working professionals with flexible formats that meets two-days-per-month on Friday and Saturday. Conveniently located classes are offered across five different Pepperdine locations: Malibu, Irvine, West Los Angeles and San Jose in California and in Dallas, TX in conjunction with the Mortgage Bankers Servicing and Technology Conference and at similar events in years to come. For students who prefer a virtual setting, the program will also be available online.

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