BS in Real Estate and Urban Sustainability

Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Urban Sustainability highlights how real estate developers, architects, environmental activists, and policymakers are collaborating in new and innovative ways to implement important initiatives in real estate and urban sustainability.

Students in the program will acquire broad-based knowledge in real estate finance, law, market analysis, valuation and development, as well as the expertise required to obtain employment in the rapidly growing areas of the real estate industry relating to climate risk assessment and management, the construction of green buildings, and the development of affordable and sustainable housing.

The curriculum explores local, national, and global innovations in real estate development and NYC, New York State and U.S. laws, mandates, and financial incentives to address the sustainability challenges of cities in the twenty-first century.

Located in New York City—a global capital of real estate—this program provides real estate internship and career opportunities with real estate companies, architectural firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Achieve - Awarding Achievement, Ensuring Success

The NYU School of Professional Studies is proud to introduce the Achieve Scholarship, beginning in Fall 2022. Each year, 20 high-achieving applicants to bachelor's degree programs of the NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) will be awarded a $30,000 scholarship package in addition to other financial aid. Achieve Scholarship applicants must have completed their associate degree or the equivalent number of transferable credits prior to enrolling at NYU SPS, have a FAFSA on file for the upcoming academic year, and enroll full-time while at NYU SPS. Apply as soon as possible for priority consideration!

Program Options Meet Student Needs
  • Students can attend this program part-time or full-time
  • Courses are available during the day and evening to accommodate busy schedules
  • All classes are offered on-site; some are also available synchronously via Zoom or in an asynchronous, online format
Faculty Contact

Lisa DiCaprio, PhD

A Degree that Prepares You for a Real Estate Career

Over the course of the program, students will:

  • Analyze legal and financial risks (including risks from current and projected impacts of climate change) pertaining to the acquisition, development, leasing, and sale of real estate
  • Apply theoretical principles and best practices of real estate accounting, valuation, (including the assessment of valuation from a sustainability perspective), market analysis, and asset management to actual properties and portfolios
  • Address professional dilemmas and challenges in an ethical, environmentally responsible and socially accountable manner
  • Analyze key aspects of urban sustainability and the various factors that facilitate urban sustainability
  • Apply the basic principles of urban sustainability to collaborative initiatives with real estate developers, architects, engineers, and policymakers
Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Urban Sustainability comprises 128-130 credits with a Core Curriculum of 32-34 credits, Liberal Arts Electives (16 credits), Required Courses (16 credits), Required Real Estate Courses (44 credits), Real Estate Electives (16 credits), and a Graduation Project (4 credits). The Liberal Arts core curriculum consists of courses in writing, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, scientific issues, historical perspectives, global perspectives, and literary and artistic expression. Students are also required to select 16 credits of Liberal Arts courses in consultation with their advisor.

The Curriculum


The following courses may be required based on writing placement assessment; and should be successfully completed within the first three semesters.

Critical Thinking

Students are required to take the following course.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students select four credits from the following based on math placement assessment in close consultation with their advisor.

Liberal Arts Electives

Students select an additional 16-18 credits in liberal arts from the courses in the DAUS B.A. in Humanities and B.A. in Social Sciences programs in consultation with their advisor.

Required Courses

Students select one of the two math courses listed below (in addition to the Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the Core Curriculum) based upon a math placement assessment.

Required Courses

Students are also required to take the following economics and statistics courses