The Multidisciplinary & Emerging Programs (MEP) unit of the School of Technology & Professional Studies offers a broad portfolio of educational programs to meet the needs of today’s sophisticated property management professionals, including a graduate degree, an undergraduate degree, and credit-bearing certificate programs.
The vocational/apprenticeship models that served the property management industry well for its first 100 years are being replaced by strategic university-industry partnerships. Gone are the days when the property manager’s main concerns were collecting rent and responding to maintenance problems. A university-based education provides the requisite critical thinking skills, business acumen, technological competencies, social responsibility awareness, and leadership skills necessary to address modern challenges in property management.
A Property Management Industry Advisory Board has been established to oversee the continued success of the undergraduate program and periodically review academic content and structure. With members from highly-regarded and successful companies in the Philadelphia region and beyond, the Industry Advisory Board provides valuable insight and assessment of the Property Management program.
Our M.S. in Property Management stresses strategic decision-making and provides students with interactive, experiential learning opportunities involving research and analysis in focused study in property management. Our B.S. in Property Management is the most comprehensive program in the nation. Building on a strong foundation of general education courses, a business minor, and a thorough property management core, undergraduate students select one of four areas of concentration: residential property management, commercial property management, affordable property management, or housing for an aging population. The Certificate in Fundamentals of Property Management provides a comprehensive overview of the multidisciplinary responsibilities of the professional property manager, from leasing a rental unit to maintaining the physical plant. The Certificate in Residential Property Management is designed to produce individuals who are equipped with the fundamental skills necessary to manage multi-unit properties such as apartment complexes and condominiums. The Certificate in Commercial Property Management is designed to produce individuals who are equipped with the fundamental skills necessary to manage income-producing properties such as office buildings, shopping malls and other retail venues, and industrial properties.
The M.S. degree, the B.S. degree, and the undergraduate certificates are offered 100 percent online. The undergraduate degree is offered full-time during the day and part-time in a lecture-online hybrid format on Saturdays.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most employers prefer to hire property managers with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, preferably in real estate or property management. Certificates also are valued as there is a constant need to upgrade knowledge and skills via continuing education.
BLS reports that as of 2008, more than 300,000 property managers were employed. BLS projects 329,700 property managers will be employed in 2018, an 8 percent rate of growth.