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Certificate in Fundamentals of Property Management

The Certificate in Fundamentals of Property Management is a course of study designed to provide students with the basic competencies required for the management of residential and commercial real estate. This certificate presents a comprehensive overview of the multidisciplinary responsibilities of the professional property manager, from leasing a rental unit to maintaining the physical plant.

The goals of the Certificate in Fundamentals of Property Management are to produce graduates who:

  • describe the components of an enforceable lease, define operative terms relating to tenancies, and list the Federal Fair Housing Act’s protected classes
  • assess a landlord’s responsibilities for repairs and maintenance under property maintenance codes, the warranty of habitability, and the lease
  • identify and explain operating principles of major equipment and systems, and basic diagnostic, maintenance and repair procedures
  • use plans and technical drawings to answer basic questions related to actual or proposed structures, systems, or sites
  • evaluate emerging technology to administer a property’s marketing, leasing, maintenance and financial operations

This certificate is a flexible, convenient undergraduate credential for full- or part-time students, both on campus and online. Prospective students with or without a bachelor’s degree will benefit from this program. Courses are offered in the fall, winter, spring, and summer, allowing students an opportunity to complete all requirements within one year.

Curriculum

The undergraduate certificate in Fundamentals of Property Management is comprised of 18 credits of courses based on practical applications of property management that allow serious students to become experts in the field. Students complete five required courses to build a strong foundation in property management, then select one more elective course which delves into more specific applications.

Download a detailed overview of the curriculum. (PDF)




Certificate in Commercial Property Management

Equip yourself with the fundamental skills necessary to manage income-producing properties such as office buildings and shopping malls. As a commercial property manager, you will oversee the performance of commercial properties and ensure that real estate investments achieve their expected revenues. To help properties become more profitable or to enhance the resale values of units, a growing number of commercial property owners are expected to place their investments in the hands of professional managers. Job growth among on-site property managers in commercial real estate is expected to accompany the projected expansion of the real estate and rental and leasing industry.

With an unprecedented commercial building boom, there is an increasing need for professional managers with specialized education. Drexel University's Certificate in Commercial Property Management helps satisfy the need for well-educated professionals in this increasingly complex, multibillion-dollar industry.

Prospective students with or without a bachelor's degree will benefit from this program. Students who already possess an undergraduate degree and want to increase their knowledge of commercial property management can round out their prior education and experience with this certificate. Students without a bachelor's degree may choose this certificate as a stand-alone credential or as a desirable achievement en route to their undergraduate degree.

In particular, online or Saturday Scholars students pursuing a degree in Professional Studies or General Studies with a Minor in Business will find the certificate to be a fitting complement to their undergraduate studies, allowing them more flexibility in their future career options. Also, full-time day students pursuing a variety of majors such as architecture, business, construction management, and engineering will find this certificate attractive.

Curriculum

The undergraduate certificate in Commercial Property Management is comprised of six courses, for a total of 18 credits. Credit requirements may increase depending on the student’s prior education and completion of prerequisites.

Download a detailed view of the curriculum. (PDF)




Certificate in Residential Property Management

The Certificate in Residential Property Management is designed to produce graduates who are equipped with the fundamental skills necessary to manage multi-unit properties such as apartment complexes and condominiums. With continuous population growth, new housing developments are continuously being organized with community or homeowner associations that provide community services and oversee jointly owned common areas requiring professional management. These professional managers require specialized education.

Condominium developments in central areas of cities continue to be built, have maintained their values, and have high occupancy rates. For example, from 1997 to 2007 the City of Philadelphia had a major condominium boom fueled by tax rebates and a strong “back to the city” movement. This led to the construction of new units, as well as the refurbishing of many older units. These developments require management by trained professionals.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 edition, the employment of property, real estate, and community association managers is projected to increase by 15 percent during the 2006-16 decade, faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is fueled by several factors. One dynamic relates to the fact that many "mom and pop landlords" are replaced by corporate real estate investors. These investors, who seldom if ever visit the properties they own, hire property management firms to satisfy the needs of residents, comply with ever-increasing government regulations, and maximize the return on investment.

Prospective students with or without a bachelor's degree will benefit from this program. Students who already possess an undergraduate degree and want to increase their knowledge of residential property management can round out their prior education and experience with this certificate. Students without a bachelor's degree may choose this certificate as a stand-alone credential or as a desirable achievement en route to their undergraduate degree.

In particular, online or Saturday Scholars students pursuing a degree in Professional Studies or General Studies with a minor in Business will find the certificate to be a fitting complement to their undergraduate studies, allowing them more flexibility in their future career options. Also, full-time day students pursuing a variety of majors such as architecture, business, construction management, and engineering will find this certificate attractive.

Curriculum

The undergraduate certificate in Residential Property Management is comprised of six courses, for a total of 18 credits. Credit requirements may increase depending on the student’s prior education and completion of prerequisites.

Download a detailed view of the curriculum. (PDF)


Admissions

Drexel's undergraduate certificates in Property Management are part-time programs, delivered as part of the Saturday Scholars® program. To enroll in one of these programs, please fill out Drexel's part-time application.

Non-Degree Admissions:
If you would like to take courses at Goodwin College before enrolling in a degree program, you can enter as a non-matriculated student. Please follow the procedures noted for non-degree students here.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call the following:

For part-time, evening, and Saturday Scholars: 215-895-2159
For online programs: 1-877-215-0009