Real Estate Degree Review Program

 
The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation has established a review program for college degrees in real estate to provide students with a path to receive credit for the Required Core Curriculum in the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria (Criteria). Instead of utilizing a course-by-course approval process the AQB will review a college/university’s graduate, undergraduate, or associate degree in real estate to determine how much of the Required Core Curriculum is met by graduates of the degree program and will identify areas where additional course work will be required (the 15-Hour National USPAP Course is one possible example). 

Highlights of the program include the following. Read our Fact Sheet (below) for more highlights and information:
  • “Retroactive” approval - the program will be approved retroactively back to the date in which the current program was established
  • Graduates of approved programs may receive up to 300 hours (based on the degree content) of qualifying education credit toward a real property appraiser credential
Click here to see the list of approved degree review programs.

State Regulators

Under this program, the AQB analyzes real estate related degrees to determine how the education required to obtain a degree can be applied to the Required Core Curriculum in the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. The results of the review are published for state appraiser regulatory agencies to use when reviewing the educational qualifications of applicants that hold such degrees.

Colleges/Universities

Schools that participate in this degree review program offer their students a pathway straight into a meaningful career after college, at no additional cost to the university, and students graduate with a real estate related degree that gives them a significant portion of the educational requirements needed to advance into the appraisal profession. Approvals last for 3 years and programs can be renewed every 3 years provided no changes are made to the program. If changes are made (such as the addition or removal of a course) to the Degree during the approval period, the AQB must be notified, and a review will be conducted by a member of the AQB to ensure equivalency has been met.

Students

AQB approval of a degree in real estate is not a guarantee of acceptance by any individual state appraiser regulatory agency. Individual jurisdictions have rights to establish criteria that are greater or more stringent than that established by the AQB. As a result, a state regulatory agency may elect to not accept the AQB’s analysis of a college’s degree program. Applicants considering entering a degree program in real estate should make sure to check with their respective state appraiser regulatory agency prior to enrolling to determine that particular jurisdiction’s policies pertaining to this issue.

List of AQB Approved Degrees in Real Estate

Below is a full list of approved college/university degree programs. Click on each heading to see the full list of programs.

Once you click on each heading below, a table will show up. Within each table below there are three columns.
  • Column 1 (College/University) is the name of the college that houses the approved degree.
  • Column 2 (Degree) is the name of the degree that was approved. This is hyperlinked to the degree webpage on the college's site.
  • Column 3 (Approval Dates) are the dates in which the program is approved. These dates are hyperlinked to the approval letter for the degree with those specific dates.
Note for Alumni: To find if your degree was approved for when you obtained the degree, make sure there is a match for the year you graduated and the year of approval. For example, if you graduated with a listed degree in 2015, you want to make sure 2015 is within the range of approved years. You can then click on the approval letter to be sure you have taken any elective courses that are required for these hours. Students must take the entire degree and any elective courses to qualify.
 
Note for State Regulators: You will notice some colleges/universities have multiple approval dates with no lapse. For example: Texas A&M University's Master of Real Estate has 2 approval dates: 2004-2015 and 2015-2024. This occurs when a college/university's degree program changes in some way (a course is added or dropped, an elective is added, a course substantially changes). This likely changes the amount of approved hours as well. 

Please note: Some of these programs may require specific electives to be taken in order to receive credit. Please check the approval letters for more information.
Undergraduate Degrees
Undergraduate
 College/University

 Degree
(Linked to Degree Website)
Approval Dates
(Linked to Approval Letters)
Baruch College Bachelor of Business Administration 2017 - 2024
Colorado State University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Real Estate Concentration 2015 - 2018 | 2018 - 2024
Fort Valley State University Bachelor of Science in Real Estate 2010 - 2024
Indiana University Bachelor of Science in Business - Real Estate 2002 - 2025
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Business - Real Estate 2021 - 2025
Lehigh University Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a Minor in Real Estate 2005 - 2019 | 2019 - 2025
Oklahoma State University Minor in Agricultural Real Estate 2017 - 2024
Old Dominion University Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Real Estate Major 2017- 2025
Penn State University Bachelor of Science in Risk Management - Real Estate Option 2020 - 2023
South Dakota State University Bachelor of Science with a Minor in Land Valuation Rural Real Estate; an emphasis in Agriculture and Rural (Farm and Ranch Management); and a major in:  

Agricultural Business

2018 - 2024

Business Economics

2018 - 2024

Construction Management

2018 - 2024
Temple University Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate 2017 - 2023
Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics with Finance and Real Estate Option 2009 - 2024
Texas Christian University Bachelor of Business Administration with a Real Estate Concentration 2009 - 2025
Texas Tech University Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate 2022-2025
University of Central Florida Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 2022 - 2025
University of Denver Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate and the Built Environment  2008 - 2018 | 2018 - 2024
 University of Memphis Bachelor of Finance with a Real Estate Concentration 2018 - 2025 
University of Mississippi Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Real Estate and Land Use Economics 2007 - 2024
 University of Missouri Columbia Bachelor of Science Business Administration with a Finance and Banking with Real Estate emphasis 2009-2025 
 University of Missouri Kansas City Bachelor of Business with a Real Estate Emphasis 2017 - 2025 
University of Nebraska - Omaha Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Real Estate and Land Use Economics  2001 - 2025
University of Northern Iowa Bachelor of Arts in Real Estate  2004 - 2024
University of Wisconsin - Madison Bachelor of Business Administration - Real Estate  2008 - 2024
Virginia Commonwealth University Bachelor of Science in the School of Business (any major) with a Minor in Real Estate  2018 - 2024
Bachelor of Science in Real Estate  Previous Approvals (2009 - 2018) | 2018 - 2024
Associate Degrees
There are no currently approved associate degree programs.
Expired Degrees
These degree programs have expired approval from the Real Estate Degree Review Program.
The approval is still valid if a student graduated during the approval period.

Degree Type  College/University

 Degree
Approval Dates
(Linked to Approval Letters)
 Associate Hondros College of Business Associate of Applied Business in Business Management with a Concentration in Real Estate Appraisal 2018 - 2021