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MIT School of Architecture and Planning - Real Estate Development: Planning and Process

6 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cape Town
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Program description

Real Estate Development: Planning and Process

Explore the complex public regulatory processes that underpin and control private real estate development.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from School of Architecture and Planning.

As the real estate industry becomes increasingly complex, both the public and private sectors require an in-depth understanding of the real estate development process. By developing a nuanced overview of public-private stakeholder interaction, professionals will be able to navigate the process more effectively and create value for all parties involved.

Gain insight into the real estate development process through a North American lens and explore the private-public stakeholder dynamic in the Real Estate Development: Planning and Process online short course from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (MIT SA+P). Through the use of real-world case studies, you’ll delve into the complexities of city planning and the urban development process and explore how various stakeholders interact, compete, and negotiate.

Admission requirements

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for professionals within the public and private real estate sectors. Public sector stakeholders will develop the insight to reform and innovate within the standard zoning regimen. Private real estate developers will gain the knowledge and confidence to approach regulators with transformative ideas and proposals that benefit local communities. Investment professionals who understand the need for public-private partnerships within real estate will benefit from an understanding of how this relationship could affect predictions and developments within the industry.

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Program content

Course curriculum

Enhance your professional real estate development skills as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Visions of the city — public planning and private development

Module 2

Zoning fundamentals and the development process

Module 3

Discretionary zoning and development review process

Module 4

Public benefits and real estate value capture

Module 5

The role of the state in making cities

Module 6

Public-private partnerships — entrepreneurship and innovation

Program delivery


  • Duration: 6 weeks (excluding orientation)
  • 7–10 hours per week- Self-paced learning online


About the certificate

Understand the real estate development process and earn an official MIT SA+P certificate.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the relationship dynamics between the public and private sectors in real estate development and planning.
  • Knowledge of how the public sector uses zoning regulations to shape cities and manage private real estate development and land use.
  • An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of public-private partnerships in real estate development.
  • The skills to participate in the real estate development process and apply what you’ve learned to your local context.

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Contact info


Deneb House, 368 Browning Road, Woodstock,
7925 Cape Town
South Africa

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