trans·dis·ci·pli·nar·y education: an all-encompassing curriculum that leverages innovative and critical thinking to transcend the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines; the future of education.
Unlike a traditional academic program, MRED organizes courses topically to align with the actual development process as it would occur in the industry, teaching critical thinking about real estate development by guiding students through the step-by-step process while integrating real-world experiences.
Integrate to Innovate
The development process involves all disciplines represented by the MRED program partners: the W. P. Carey School of Business, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Del E. Webb School of Construction. Leading faculty from each institution are selected to deliver this unique curriculum. The small class sizes provide the opportunity for individual attention and interaction with these elite, practicing professors.
In addition to the diverse backgrounds of the faculty, the students are surrounded by peers with various academic backgrounds and knowledge. The professional experiences of MRED candidates cover all aspects of the development industry, allowing everyone to contribute and to learn from one another in a team environment.
Throughout the program, students take part in individual and team assignments as well as projects designed to reflect real-world problems and solutions. There are three formal Synthesis Projects that cover the entire spectrum of development:
For each synthesis project, students are placed in teams and must work together to define a solution. The projects are presented to the MRED faculty as well as a panel of industry leaders. Teams are balanced to include members of varying experiences in order to maximize the internal learning experience and mimic the actual development process. The capstone project is a high-density/mixed-use project, required by the ASU Graduate College to earn the MRED degree.