Coming from a design background and looking to become a developer, should I pursue a focused MRED program (development/design focused), or should I pursue a more general master of real estate? With my design background I could see a benefit to spending more time on financial courses, but at the same time, perhaps the development-oriented programs are more geared towards people with design backgrounds... I could see it both ways.
Background: undergraduate degree in landscape architecture at a top program (Cal Pol), 5 years experience as designer and project manager for reputable firms in the SF Bay Area.
Goal: become an independent developer (in the US, maybe in Texas, but not quite sure)
Programs I've applied to: USC MRED, Columbia MSRED, Harvard MDesREBE, TAMU MLPD
Programs I'm wondering if I should've applied to: MIT MRED, TAMU MSRE, others