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Dec 30, 2020 - 3:11pm

I applied with my gmat. Got a score that's higher than the average. Have about 5 yrs of real estate relevant experience leaning towards the construction side.

Cornell, Northwestern, and Wharton have MBAs which are geared towards real estate. Are you looking at east coast or towards the west? 

  • Associate 3 in RE - Comm
Jan 6, 2021 - 8:25am

I've just submitted applications for MSRED at Columbia, MIT and NYU. I've got solid work experience and a good GPA (albeit from a UK university so unsure on how it stacks up) with a clear end goal, so hoping I get into one of these.

Does anyone have an idea of when we can expect to hear back? Potentially starting in June will be tight with notice periods etc. 

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Jan 7, 2021 - 10:53am

It seems to be focused on development. The location is great too. Sat in on one of Patricia Deringtons classes. Liked it.  Nice and diverse class. A little on the younger side. Lunch box sessions seem interesting. 

Jan 13, 2021 - 4:49pm

ArchRE, I heard back from NYU quickly. 

My stats are unusual; I am an older, active developer with 20 years of development experience. I have a BSBA in RE and Const Mgt and an MBA in Finance. My GPA is 3.56, and I did not take the GMAT. I am also a designated appraiser (MAI, SRA, ASA) and have previously worked in management for a large west coast bank.

Jan 24, 2021 - 6:55am

Want to put out an update that replies for Cornell msred are out, at least for those that applied in the first round. Does anyone know what is considered a good amount of funding for Cornell? Anyone else received their decision letters?

Jan 24, 2021 - 5:01pm

I'm considering applying for the next round at Cornell, but waiting to hear from NYU first which should be any day. I'm currently NYC based so I'd like to stay in the area for school. It seems like the thread from last year was popular- wondering if this year there's less interest in these programs because of the economic situation/job market?

Jan 25, 2021 - 11:38am

What are your guy's stats for those who have already thrown in apps?

Here are mine (I come from an architecture background so maybe different than what most people share):

- 4 years at two top 5 arch firms, first doing traditional design work but then moved into design and real estate strategy for F100 clients (site selection, due diligence with brokers, building positioning, marketing, user research, etc.), also was embedded in a global account's RE team for about 6 months
- B.S. Arch (low 3's GPA) from mid-tier school
- Master of Architecture (3.6 GPA) from same mid-tier school
- Handful of Corporate Finance and Real Estate Classes at NYU
- Didn't take GRE/GMAT (expired from when I took it to get into grad school in 2015) but submitted a portfolio to hopefully make up for that 
- Navy Reserve for 4 years

Jan 26, 2021 - 9:49am

I've applied to Columbia, MIT (accepted 5 March with scholarship) and NYU and have the following headline stats:

  • 2.5 years of REPE at a MF in London doing predominantly development financing throughout Europe.
  • 2 years practicing law at a top US law firm in London working on PE transactions.
  • BA History from a solid UK uni, 3.7 GPA.
  • Didn't take the GMAT or GRE.

I'm really not sure what makes a good profile for these programmes so focused on the personal statements to make my case. 

Feb 1, 2021 - 10:18pm

Hi all,

I graduate in the spring with a B.Arch from a top five architecture school. My GPA is mid-3. My GMAT is high-600. Since I graduate this year, I don't have much experience but I interned under a developer this past summer. I have also been working on flipping a house.

I'm applying to NYU and Columbia (trying to stay in NYC). I just got into NYU but I'm still waiting on Columbia. Columbia is my top choice, but not by much. Given my minimal work experience, I know Columbia may be stretch but I'm ecstatic just to have gotten in at NYU.

Jan 26, 2021 - 10:30am


Your credentials sound similar to what is required for admission. 

It is important that your story ties together and that you have a particular reason for going to the program. Either to switch career trajectories or to grow in what you're doing currently.

Did you submit your gmat scores? 
Columbia will probably have the summer semester online. 

Jan 27, 2021 - 10:32am

Hey Anon

6 yrs of experience totally:

3 yrs structural engineer 

3 yrs as an independent contractor and developer.

Looking to learn more about finance and become a more well equipped developer. 
I'm a structural engineer by education. 

I got around 700 on my gmat. Average GPA. Wherever I end up going, I'm excited to get exposed to as much as I can. 

Feb 10, 2021 - 1:30pm

I applied to MIT MSRED. here are my stats:

4.5 years of experience at a developer (think Vornado/Related/JDL/Hines) as Construction Project Manager 

Construction Engineering Degree 3.01 GPA 

GRE 161 Quant and 152 Verbal

Solid recs from SVP and VP of development

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Also if you have more stats to share that would be great. 

Feb 10, 2021 - 1:57pm

Applied to Georgetown and NYU a week or so ago, hoping to hear by the end of the month

Im a first year and didnt want to quit my job but wanted to be able to do both at once given the amount of idle time during covid. Hoping to get in and just start cold emailing current students and alumnae about informationals.

Considering applying to Cornell given the recruiting resources provided but wanted to see about NYU first, given it's alumni base and proximity to Wall St.  NYU's my number 1. Also not sure I would be competitive at Cornell given my level of inexperience and the fact that Im a non target schmuck with only a 3.5gpa. Wasn't interested in Columbia's courses as much, didn't apply to USC because California seems like a dumpster fire, I knew I didnt have a shot at Harvard and wasn't eligible for MIT.

Didn't take the gmat as it felt unnecessary and studying blows

Best of luck to everyone

Feb 20, 2021 - 10:23am

If you don't mind me asking, what makes you prefer NYU over Columbia? I'm really stuck between the two. I know NYU has a very strong NYC alumni but wouldn't the Columbia name also help to set you apart from other candidates?

Feb 20, 2021 - 10:44am

For NYU, I thought the professors were more impressive and the individual courses were more geared towards REPE, which is what I'm trying to get into. Albeit, Columbia's professor are also very impressive.  Also, I want to keep working during the program and Columbia's is full time.  Maybe you could finesse it somehow but not sure tbh.  NYU also looks to have a younger class which is a plus for me as I'd be relocating to NYC without knowing more than a handful of people. In terms of alumni, it seems from LinkedIn searches I've done that the NYU grads with banking backgrounds are doing just as well as their counterparts at Columbia.  I think it is probably a toss up but you do get the Ivy bump with Columbia which is nice, but NYU's the first program of its kind so probably more MDs and seniors who went to NYU than Columbia.  

Feb 23, 2021 - 12:56am


University/Major/GPA - Top 20 School located on the West Coast / Finance / 3.3 GPA 
W/E - 3.0+ years CRE Lending and Brokerage

School Status:

NYU - Accepted (1/15/21)

USC - Accepted (2/22/21)

Columbia - Applied

Cornell - Applied

Berkeley - Applied (Round 3)

Feb 24, 2021 - 12:56pm

When do you guys think classes will actually be in person for NYU? I got in today and got into Georgetown a few days ago but am in the final interview stage at a couple repe shops in Miami and would much rather live there than NYC tbh given how ridiculous the politicians are and how they're about to raise taxes on wealthy people instead of cutting spending. Also, Yang will probably be the mayor and will do UBI, further fucking rich people.  Fauci is saying people have to wear masks into 2022 and being a white, healthy, young male, we are last in line to get the mRNA shots.  Is it realistic to think in person classes won't be til Spring or Summer 2022?  Do you think they'll make a hybrid options where you can go in person or go online? I know nobody really knows but interested to hear thoughts/opinions

Feb 24, 2021 - 3:13pm

Currently enrolled at NYU and I'm under the impression in person classes will be much more widely available in Fall 2021. Even in Fall 2020 hybrid classes were an option, there just weren't a lot of them.

Feb 24, 2021 - 12:58pm

Does anyone know anything about scholarships/financial aid at NYU? I talked to their academic advising team and it seems slim to none that people get much for their first semester, but that eligibility goes up after...wanted to see if anyone else had info on this as well. Waiting on Columbia but I'm about 99.99% sure that I'll go to NYU.

Feb 24, 2021 - 3:14pm

I believe they cap financial aid grants at $5,000 ($2,500 disbursed each semester). There are a few scholarships you can apply to, their website is probably the best source of information on this.

Mar 4, 2021 - 8:39am


As and when people get admitted to Columbia, please post your stats so that future applicants will have something to gauge their applications with. I feel that it will be out tomorrow, 5th March. 

Mar 4, 2021 - 9:34am

MArch applicants haven't heard back and my sense is that MSRED will come out at a similar time because of dual degree applicants and the fact that it's all housed within GSAPP. 

Mar 4, 2021 - 10:14am

Definitely will post stats regardless of if I'm admitted! I still haven't heard back from Cornell round 2 either - deadline was January 15th so it's been almost 7 weeks. Has anyone heard back who applied in round 2?

edit - just heard back from Cornell round 2! March 4th

Mar 6, 2021 - 1:20pm

Actually my stats aren't entirely accurate - by the time I applied it was 2.5 years in MF REPE and I've also done 2 years in a wall street law firm doing REPE transactions. So probably didn't qualify for young leaders. From what I understand, they had deferrals from last year so was quite a small group they recruited from this year.

Hope you get off the waitlist!

Mar 7, 2021 - 12:04pm

Hey everyone,

I'm new here, but excited to see current discussion about MSRED. I applied to Columbia, Cornell, NYU, and MIT all for Jan. 15th deadlines.

So far accepted to Cornell (with a teensy, tiny amount of merit funding) and to MIT (with a big research fellowship). Still waiting to hear from Columbia and NYU.

Since I'm currently based in NYC and don't want to move I thought Columbia was my #1. MIT is looking very tasty rn. Unless Columbia comes back with similar funding, I think my choice will be easy.

Good luck everyone!

Mar 7, 2021 - 8:32pm

Congrats. What were you stats? Is that the sustainability fellowship at MIT?

Mar 7, 2021 - 8:39pm

Thanks! I have a very different background than most people on this forum I think. Looking to pivot from architecture to affordable housing dev or consulting.


Top 10 Architecture Universities / B.Arch with minor in Sustainability and various awards/ 3.6 GPA

3 years in NYC architecture firm - boss is famous in academia, but tiny firm focused on socially responsible work

GRE - V 162 / Q 163 / AWA 5.0

Mar 9, 2021 - 8:49am

Nothing here either. I know 5 or so people who have applied to all of the Ivy League M. Arch programs. Apparently, Columbia is the only school which didn't send out decisions last week. Given that Columbia's MSRED is run through the arch school and that ivy leagues usually hand out decisions around the same time, I would assume the decisions should come out some time this week. Don't take my word on it tho

  • Associate 2 in RE - Comm
Mar 10, 2021 - 2:05pm

USC is still yet to get back to me as they haven't received all of my official transcripts(literally the transcripts from community college classes I took in high school and college).  I sent them in but they haven't found the transcripts in their system apparently.. Has anyone ever had experience with this?  They are my number one and I have to tell other schools if I'm planning on attending or not... 

Mar 10, 2021 - 4:12pm

I'm in the same exact boat...I went ahead and threw down my NYU deposit just so I knew I was going somewhere. If anything, this extra time/waiting period has given me more opportunities to look at my other admits and favor those more.

  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Mar 11, 2021 - 9:14pm

Are MSRED and other grad degrees worth it for institutional REPE? I just started my first analyst gig and was wondering when people usually do these and what they get out of it...

Mar 12, 2021 - 10:09am

In case anyone is curious. I spoke to the director of the Cornell Baker program yesterday. He said they received twice as many applicants as normal. I think it is typical that there is a negative correlation between grad applicants and the overall economy health.

Mar 12, 2021 - 4:19pm

Tough decision but I like Columbia's bigger class size (both for networking after the programme and socialising during the programme) and I feel like the MIT curriculum is more academic and structured while Columbia is focused on practical skills and you can take courses you're interested in across the school. Location is a factor too.

Mar 12, 2021 - 3:30pm

I applied to MIT and Columbia. I didn't get into MIT but just found out I'm in at Columbia! Anyone have advice regarding housing options or roommate connection websites? Coming from Florida, NY rent is going to be expensive! lol 

Mar 12, 2021 - 3:50pm

I'm in at Columbia as well! Deciding between there and NYU. I have a job at the #1 arch firm right now so part time (NYU) might be best for me. I'm def not going to Columbia if it's virtual. The price tag is too high.

Mar 12, 2021 - 4:55pm

Accepted to Columbia, Cornell, USC, and NYU. Waitlisted from MIT for young leaders. 90% sure I will pick Columbia regardless of MIT outcome! Anyone else have similar decision to make?

Only downside to Columbia to me is no time for an internship between semesters... will have to do one during. 

Mar 12, 2021 - 11:26pm

Just received the Columbia decision, curious about this too. Transitioning into RE and would really like to get some relevant internship while going to school. How hard is it to find internship, work part-time, and try to line up a job after while being in the MSRED program?

Mar 13, 2021 - 1:06pm

Have two thoughts for those who still don't get results including myself

1. We got rejected, Columbia only released result for those who got admitted on Friday.

2. The results are given out by groups, which I don't understand why Columbia would do that.

just curious, for those who get results on Friday, anyone got rejected or waitlisted? 

Mar 13, 2021 - 1:45pm

I'm just guessing.

This year's application pool is too large and Columbia had to break the all the applicants into small groups to send the results. 

or it is given by last name's alphabetical order....

Again it is all my guessing

Mar 14, 2021 - 4:35pm

Nothing from NYU yet, got in cornell and georgetown, thought i should be able to get into NYU as well but idk whats taking them so long. Curious if anyone got rejection yet or they wait till the last minutes to reject.

Mar 14, 2021 - 10:06pm

Anyone who was admitted into Columbia not seeing the correct dates for Admitted Student Open House sessions from that link in the acceptance letter? I'm confused about how to sign up for the sessions.

Mar 15, 2021 - 12:08am

Just wonder if all of you guys who applied to Columbia have past work experiences? I am a MARCH student graduating from UPenn this May and don't have any work experience, just a few summer internships. I am not sure if I should attend Columbia or find a job first to build up my experiences. I just worry it will be difficult to find a job in RE with no past work experiences.

Mar 15, 2021 - 1:16am

Hey! I also have an MARCH- but I graduated in 2017. I've been working in workplace/ design strategy at a major corporate firm in NYC for the last 2.5 years, and worked at another corporate firm doing design work before that. (Think SOM competitors/projects of that scale).

Are you planning to get licensed? Do you have AXP started? If you know you wanna go dev, then jump right into school! I don't think it'll hurt plus having a MArch from Penn is impressive by any means and your internships show you have relevant experience in the field.

Mar 15, 2021 - 12:40pm

I am also looking for jobs and have sent out about 50 applications and no response yet. I guess all the design firms are still suffering from pandemic and won't have many entry level designer openings and it is VERY competitive this year. I want to go into dev eventually so I might well just go for it. ;)

Mar 15, 2021 - 12:29pm

I don't think GSAPP gives out scholarships to international students (rarely) and I am Canadian. In my letter they clearly stated that they are not able to offer me a scholarship but I can apply for other financial aids. But most of the financial aid options are limited to U.S citizens. :(

Mar 16, 2021 - 6:02pm

Just got waitlisted at Columbia - received an email to check for a status update on the portal for anyone who hasn't gotten a response yet. It's my first choice so if anyone isn't going, would really appreciate if you let the school know! Also got into Berkeley and rejected from MIT. 

Mar 23, 2021 - 4:37am

Got in at USC and Columbia. Geographic location isn't important for me as an international student, but I do hope to get a job in the States. Definitely USC has a strong alumni network. Columbia has it name, but as i saw class profiles it seems too young for me. Any advice?

Apr 15, 2021 - 6:20pm

Has no applied to Denver ? Oldest program in the country.  I'm don't have typical work experience and have a sub 3.0 GPA from a state school, so didnt even bother applying to USC/Columbia/MIT/Cornell.  My goals are more family business oriented ( my dad is an multi-family investor) Any advice for me? I got into denver and clemson. also thinking about applying to ASU. Please advise.

Apr 19, 2021 - 7:24pm

Hey just curious if any of you guys still waiting for a decision from NYU. I don't understand whats taking them so long and still no decision (almost 12 weeks). Is that a silent rejection? Im going to cornell but it just kinda hurts without hearing back from them. I contacted them many times and they just ask to be patience. Any thoughts?

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