The face of
real estate development is changing.

We can give you the tools to change with it.

The Auburn University Executive Master of Real Estate Development (AUMRED) degree program provides a targeted understanding of multiple disciplines that puts students at an advantage in their real estate development careers. Connect with the industry from day one.

Our goal is to train a new generation of executives who are highly knowledgeable about sustainable development, energy, and natural resource efficiency.  Students become not only successful but also stewards of the environment.  Here’s our plan to do it.

AUMRED's degree program is entrepreneurially and industry focused. Learn it today, use it tomorrow.

Tuition is $58,500 for the two year, six semester program (subject to change). This is why.

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Connect with the industry

We provide students with access to the highest levels of industry leadership, nationally and internationally. Each semester, students go on a field trip to examine cities and sites of outstanding sustainable real estate development projects. Students will meet the developers, designers, contractors and other stakeholders involved in the these projects.

One of these field trips includes attendance to the Fall Meeting of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), putting students in contact with over 5,000 industry professionals. We provide students memberships to the ULI and the Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) organizations upon entering the program. Students are then able to attend regional meetings of the organizations—and if you’re trying to make industry contacts, those regional meetings are the place to do it.

Go green, orange, and blue.

AUMRED’s curriculum mainstreams issues of green building, energy and natural resource efficiency and sustainable development into every course. As green building becomes embedded in municipal regulations; students must learn to maximize energy and natural resource efficiency. Equipped with these capabilities, graduates will be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the new millennium economy that is both post-industrial and green in its thinking.

Our curriculum gives students a deep understanding of green building, energy and natural resource efficiency, and sustainable development. The trend is moving from a brown, industrial economy towards a green, energy and resource-efficient post-industrial economy. This can be seen in a broad range of business decisions across the economy.  It has been estimated that in less than ten years, all buildings will meet LEED Gold standards and all real estate development will be considered sustainable development projects. AUMRED prepares students to meet the challenges related to this industry-wide change.

Be more relevant.

We give you tools that you can use instantly, in your current practice—not just after you graduate. Our focus is entrepreneurial real estate development, and our program is more real world targeted than typical academic real estate studies. 

AUMRED's curriculum explores current trends in real estate securitization, finance, law and taxation. This knowledge is critical to creating successful development projects in both the current dynamic real estate capital markets and in the emergent greening of the economy.  Part of the curriculum explores new avenues of financing for real estate development as they unfold.

We prepare students with discrete knowledge of workouts, repositions, recapitalizations, and redevelopment of troubled real estate assets.  This knowledge has especially great currency in the next three to five years as the economy bottoms out. Armed with these skills, graduates are viable not only in rising markets with abundant and cheap capital but also when the curve bends down during recessionary periods.

Program costs

AUMRED tuition is $1,500 per credit hour for the 39 credit hour program (subject to change).  This amount covers tuition, required books, university fees, lodging and lunches during Auburn residencies and on required field trips, and annual student memberships in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM).  Tuition does not include travel costs for university residencies or required field trips.

AUMRED‘s executive format allows students to work full-time while enrolled in the program. The opportunity cost of attending AUMRED is ultimately less than other programs because a student does not have to move to campus or give up current employment income.

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Now, more than any other time in recent history, the real estate development industry needs skilled leaders with a rigorous practical and academic background in the areas of real property design, construction and development, as well as real estate asset management, finance and law.

Auburn University’s Executive Master of Real Estate Development program delivers a solid, broad-based graduate-level education that produces students with outstanding leadership skills and substantial professional knowledge. The program emphasizes best development practices related to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, economic resilience, financial feasibility, deal structuring, and design excellence.

The Auburn University MRED program is an executive graduate degree offered jointly by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and the College of Business. One of its primary strengths is the merging of the disciplines housed in these two colleges.

The program is aimed at practicing professionals with a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in real estate development or in a related field such as mortgage banking or construction. Alternatively, an applicant may qualify for admission by having five years full-time postbaccalaureate professional work experience. The program recruits students who have demonstrated excellence in their professional careers and who have the potential to become future industry leaders.

AUMRED combines short-term residencies on the Auburn campus with an intense distance learning component. Each semester, faculty and students participate in a four-day field trip to a cutting-edge real estate development project. One of the five field trips is study abroad. Typically this occurs in the sixth semester and lasts for seven days. This blended-delivery education format makes it possible for each class to build collaborative relationships and encourages direct interaction between faculty and students.

MRED Class of 2016
Title Company Location
Captain US Marine Marine Corps Cherry Point NC
Manager AT&T Birmingham AL
Construction Manager The Community Builders, Inc. Boston MA
Captain US Army Fort Benning GA
ET2(SW) US Navy Norfolk VA
Managing Partner B&L Recycling Opp AL
Broker/Owner Coldwell Banker Hill Real Estate/Jeff Hill Construction Cullman AL
Owner S. Dot Holdings Atlanta GA
Architect Ellenzweig Cambridge MA
President / Owner M & J Classic Craftsmen Fairfax VA
Associate Broker ARC Realty Birmingham AL
Asset Management Associate TriMont Real Estate Advisors Atlanta GA
Owner McKenzie Properties Auburn AL
Financial and Operational Analyst Greystar Real Estate Partners Dallas TX
Affiliate Broker Keller Williams Commercial Nashville TN
Director Coleman Center York AL
Production Analyst KeyBank Real Estate Capital Dallas TX
Accountant In transition Jackson MS
Operations Officer US Army Fort Hood TX
MRED Class of 2017
Title Company Location
Attorney McGuireWoods Houston TX
CEO Grace and Charm Investment Properties Corpus Christi TX
Project Controls Specialist Southern Company Powell TN
Real Estate Project Manager Headquarters Air National Guard/Installation & Mission Support Clinton MD
Broker/ Owner F.L.I. Properties LaGrange GA
Broker/ Owner Hinton Realty Group Los Angeles CA
Principal Intermark Development, LLC Atlanta GA
Mortgage Loan Officer Erates Mortgage Waxhaw NC
Business Development Manager Doster Construction Company Birmingham AL
Director McDowell Farm School Nauvoo AL
Assistant Manager SPM Property Management Birmingham AL
Adjunct Professor College of Architecture, Design, and Construction Auburn AL
Senior Marketing Manager Halstead Property Development Marketing New York NY
Senior Appraiser The Eidson Company, LLC Columbus GA
Senior Project Manager Jones Lang LaSalle Dallas TX
Associate Broker Better Homes and Gardens Hampton GA

Quick facts:

$1,500 per credit hour (subject to change)

39 Credit Hours

3-5 years work experience required


  • R. Hugh Daniel Professor of Real Estate Development
  • Director, Master of Real Estate Development — School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design — Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction — University of Kentucky

Michael Robinson serves as a Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and CADC Chair of the Master of Real Estate Development Program at Auburn University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1996. He teaches graduate landscape architecture thesis studios and seminars on urban history and theory. In addition, Professor Robinson is actively engaged in research on urban and ecological resilience in the post-disaster Northern Gulf Coast.

Professor Robinson's efforts in design practice have earned him regional and national acclaim, including an American Institute of Architects Environmental Education Award (1992), a Public Education and Awareness Award from the National Endowment for the Arts (1980), and an Urban Environmental Design Award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.(1980), the American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award (1992), an Audubon International Planning Award (2004),and others for historic preservation. Robinson has been recognized for his teaching with the Ralph Rapson Distinguished Teaching Award and the Bronze Medal for Distinguished Teaching by the University of Minnesota.

Before his tenure as a full time educator, Robinson practiced for 20 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts as an executive officer of a non-profit urban design organization and as President of a design/build/development company. He has been a Fellow of the Urban Design Institute; a Visiting Design Scholar in the American Urban Landscape and an H. W. S. Cleveland Chaired Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota, a USA Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Professor Robinson holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design (1977) from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction (1972) from the University of Kentucky. Robinson has taught at Harvard University, the University of Minnesota, Kent State University, and Auburn University.

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development
  • PhD, Transportation Technology and Policy — UC-Davis
  • Master of Community and Regional Planning — Iowa State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Sociology — Brigham Young University
Research Focus

Integrated transportation and Land Use Forecasting Models, Real Estate Market Forecasting; Urban Planning

Professional Practice

Principal, Planning International, LLC, performs land use and transportation planning related work from China to Guam to Peru as well as in the United States; Owns productive real estate investments domestically.

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development
  • Master of Real Estate Development — Auburn University
  • Master of Healthcare Administration — Indiana University
  • Bachelor of Healthcare Administration — Indiana University

For the past seven years, Ryan C. Doyle has represented Health Care REIT, Inc (HCN) in working with strategic healthcare and life science partners. Doyle completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Indiana University and his master’s in Real Estate Development at Auburn University. While at Indiana University, he worked for Indiana University Health (IU Health) at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children and at Methodist Hospital.

He began his professional career as a senior consultant with Ernst & Young’s Health Sciences Advisory Services practice in Chicago. Today Doyle leads HCN’s master planning and development services, advising clients on their capital resources and effective financing options for long-term stable ownership. Doyle has written white papers on strategic master facility planning for healthcare providers for the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, where he was a founding member of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Council.

Doyle is also a board member of the Nashville Civic Design Center, a member of the Medical & Life Sciences Development Forum for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and is leading the coordination of the Mixed Use Development for the Healthcare Initiative with the Center for Health Design.

  • Professor of Architecture and Head School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Auburn University
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Auburn University

David Hinson serves as the Head of the School of Architecture at Auburn University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1997. In addition to his role as School Head, Hinson teaches, lecture courses in professional practice, and seminars on leadership and collaborative practice. In addition, Prof. Hinson is actively engaged in research into the evolving challenges of architectural practice and how higher education can best prepare students to succeed as professionals and as community leaders. Hinson also leads the award-winning DESIGNhabitat Program, an ongoing collaboration between the School of Architecture and Habitat for Humanity that focuses on innovative strategies for affordable housing design and construction.

Hinson's efforts in the studio and classroom have earned him regional and national acclaim, including election to the AIA College of Fellows (2008), the AIA Education Honor Award (2008), the AIAS National Educator Honor Award (2007), two ACSA Collaborative Practice Awards (2002 & 2007), a national AIA Housing Award (2007), an AIA Alabama Honor Award (2006), and a HUD Secretary's Silver Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing (2002).

Before beginning as a full time educator, Hinson practiced for 15 years in Philadelphia. His work in the Philadelphia community earned Hinson a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship (1991), and the Philadelphia Young Architect Award (1993).

Hinson holds a Master of Architecture (1983) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture (1982) from Auburn University.

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development
  • MS in Real Estate — New York University
  • BA in Economics — Reed College
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Real Estate Development — Columbia University
  • Principal — Kahr Real Estate

Joshua Kahr is the founder and principal of the Kahr Real Estate Group in New York and a visiting instructor in the CADC’s School of Architecture at Auburn University. He is a nationally-recognized expert in real estate market analysis, finance, and investment. Since launching his business in 2002, he has constructed numerous financial models for a wide range of real estate investments, including condominiums, rental apartments, office buildings, industrial parks, and shopping centers. His firm is now established as a ‘go to’ firm for the audit and review of existing financial models.

Kahr has developed leading workshops including “Advanced Pro-forma Modeling with Excel.” His clients include business schools (University of Chicago, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard), investment firms (Credit Suisse, Blackstone, and General Electric), the Urban Land Institute, and Terrapinn Financial. Kahr has presented seminars in Tokyo, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, and Singapore and in the United States, including workshops for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Additionally, he has analyzed inequalities in the tax assessment system for New York City's commercial real estate, produced a feasibility study for support of ongoing litigation on the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, New York, and created a financial plan for the Port Authority of the City of Cleveland. Previous work experience includes senior director at the Real Estate Investment Banking division of GVA Williams (First Service Williams), senior analyst at Brookhill Redevelopment, and analyst with SL Green Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust.

Kahr taught both at Columbia University in the M.S. in Real Estate program and at New York University, Georgetown University, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is author of the textbooks Real Estate Market Valuation and Analysis and Beyond the Bubble.

Kahr holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Reed College, has served on the board of directors for Monmouth Real Estate Investment (NYSE: MNR), and is a licensed real estate broker and instructor in New York.

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development
  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law — Samford University
  • Bachelors of Science in Accounting — Auburn University
  • Professional Practice: Real Estate Law, Development, Acquisitions and Financing
  • Partner — Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Steve Monk is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, where he represents clients in the annexation and zoning of properties for planned unit developments, traditional neighborhood developments, and other mixed uses. He is involved in the preparation of developed plans for zoning, preparation of restrictive covenants, establishment of homeowner/property owner associations, and all legal documentation relating to the development and sale of real estate for those clients.

Monk represents clients in real estate development work, representing some of the major real estate developments throughout Alabama, ranging from traditional neighborhood developments in Birmingham and Huntsville to various mixed use developments in Fairhope, Alabama, and throughout the greater Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area. He also has extensive experience with condominium development, particularly with mixed-use condominiums.

He has taught law at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in both Real Estate Development and Real Estate Finance and Development and holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Auburn University. Monk’s involved in many civic organization, including the city of Vestavia Hills’ Patchwork Farms Development and Board of Zoning Adjustment committees and the Community Real Estate Foundation, for which he served as member of the board of directors. He also served on the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham’s Property committee, and as a member of the Greystone Golf Club’s board of directors and as club secretary.

Monk’s been recognized as an Alabama Super Lawyer (2008-2009) and as one of the The Best Lawyers in America® (2001-2013).

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture — University of Kentucky
  • Master of Real Estate Development — Auburn University
  • Professional Practice: Landscape Architecture and Community Planning — KPSGroup, LLP

A practicing landscape architect since 1999, Ben Wieseman holds AICP certification with the American Planning Association and LEED AP certification with USGBC. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Auburn University.

While at KPS Group, Inc. in Birmingham, Wieseman has worked on multiple projects and lectured and taught in volunteer roles with both community groups and industry-related committees, including the URBAN MLA studio for Master Landscape Architecture students.
He is currently teaching a seminar for the fifth-year Urban Studio Architects and Planning students exploring the urban environments in and around Birmingham, Alabama.

Weisman is a member of the city of Birmingham's Design Review Committee and was an adjunct professor for the Summer 2012 Auburn's Masters of Landscape Architecture Studio in Birmingham and for the Auburn University Urban Studio (2007-2012). He’s taught with For Your Town Alabama, for WAEM Town, and has been a design professional for both the Design Alabama’s Mayors’ Design Summit and for several charities with the Small Town Design Initiative and Mississippi Main Street. In Birmingham, he’s served as a junior board member for Railroad Park.

  • Associate Professor and Program Chair of Interior Architecture — School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Architecture — Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Art — Northeastern University
Research Focus

Christian Dagg has been on the faculty of Auburn University's School of Architecture since the fall of 2000. In addition to being the Program Chair for Interior Architecture, he is the year level coordinator for Second Year Design Studios in Architecture. He received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the School of Architecture AIAS in 2002 and 2006, the College of Architecture Design and Construction Outstanding Teaching Award in 2005 and the College of Architecture Design and Construction Collaborative Initiative Award in 2004. This past year, he was awarded the Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Professorship.

Originally from Vermont, Professor Dagg practiced professionally in Boston in the offices of Machado and Silvetti Associates and Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood Architects. He holds an M Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with Distinction and a BS in Art from Northeastern University. Professor Dagg has taught at the Boston Architectural College, Northeastern University and Auburn University.

  • Associate Professor of Building Science — McWhorter School of Building Science
  • B.S., Civil Engineering — Duke University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering — University of Texas
  • M.B.A. — The Owen School of Management, Vanderbilt University

Ben Farrow serves as an Assistant Professor of Building Science in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. He teaches a variety of classes including topics of structures, soils, materials, and business. His research is focused on improved productivity and safety through construction innovation.

Prior to teaching at Auburn, Professor Farrow worked as a consulting engineer for 14 years in Birmingham and Nashville. During this time, Farrow worked on over 1000 commercial projects and served as Managing Principal of a Civil Engineering Firm. Professor Farrow has received several teaching awards during his three year tenure at Auburn including the Associated Schools of Construction National Teaching Award and College of Architecture Design and Construction Outstanding Faculty Award.

Professor Farrow holds a MBA (2004) from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, a Master of Civil Engineering (1992) from the University of Texas (Austin), and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1991) from Duke University.

  • Aderholdt Professor of Building Science
  • Co-Director, Master of Integrated Design & Construction — McWhorter School of Building Science
  • BS in Building Science — Auburn University
  • M.B.A. — University of Alabama at Birmingham

Paul W. Holley is the Aderholdt Professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University, where he has been on the faculty since 2002, and is currently the co-director of the college's Master of Design Build Program, teaching graduate and undergraduate coursework in contracting business, construction scheduling and real estate development.

He has been awarded the Aderholdt Endowed Professorship for teaching and has won the “John H. Trimmer Award for Excellence in Construction Education” national teaching award. He has 16 published refereed manuscripts and is author of the textbook Construction Surveying & Layout (John Wiley & Sons).

Holley spent more than a dozen years in the commercial construction and real estate development industries in the Southeast, associated with projects totaling over one-half billion dollars. His construction experience was with two “Top 125” firms as ranked nationally by Engineering News Record, and includes six years of constructing hospitals and healthcare facilities as a superintendent and five years as an area/regional manager in commercial, institutional and hospitality projects. He has owned and operated a construction consulting firm that specialized in providing pre-construction services, such as pro forma and preliminary cost analysis, feasibility studies, and progress analysis for commercial real estate developers in metropolitan Atlanta.

He is a 1989 graduate of Auburn University in Building Science and was awarded an MBA from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honor Society, and Sigma Lambda Chi, Construction Honor Society.

  • Ph.D. (Regional Development Planning), University of Cincinnati, USA, 2011
  • MBA (Business), University of Cincinnati, USA, 2011
  • M. Tech (Urban and Regional Planning), CEPT University, India, 1997
  • B. Architecture, Lucknow University, India, 1995

Jay has interest in urban & regional planning, real estate and GIS field. He has 16 years of professional experience in private consulting, research and academic settings. Before Auburn, he taught at the University of Cincinnati in its School of Planning and in the Real Estate department at the Carl Lindner College of Business there. While pursuing his PhD, he worked with Colliers Turley Martin Tucker - a commercial real estate firm in Cincinnati and helped in the GIS based real estate research services; he also worked with the City of Cincinnati & the Hamilton County's GIS department (CAGIS) and with a Cincinnati based law firm - Manley Burke LLP.

Prior to coming to the United States, he worked in India for 8 years on city planning and real estate projects. He was involved in strategic plans for three cities and was a core team member in two USAID funded Inner city revitalization plans, which received UNCHS Global best practices award. He had a significant role in a statutory urban development plan for a 5 million population metropolitan area of Ahmadabad especially, in its road network planning, phasing of new development and in alignment planning of a 48 mile long ring road. He was a Project coordinator for a coastal regional development plan for 46 villages and prepared livelihood generation and economic development plan for the region. On real estate front, he is on the faculty of Auburn University's MRED program, has conducted real estate feasibility studies for two Hotel properties, led a 4000-Acre industrial area master plan, and conceptualized a private real estate Academy (RESMA) offering certificate courses in India.

His research interests include urban spatial structures, land readjustments, economic development, land markets & housing, real estate advisory (location suitability, market research and feasibility studies), and metropolitan level general plans both in US and in India.

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development
  • Master of Real Estate Development — Auburn University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business — Indiana University
  • Professional Practice: CEO, Simply Self Storage

Kurt began his career as a full-time commercial mortgage broker. During this time, he helped to close over $550,000,000 in loans. Kurt then became President of the Quorum Corporation, where in 1990, he successfully completed the purchase of nearly 2,000 apartment units in the Midwest. Kurt sold Quorum in 1993 and began building what would become the 18th largest self-storage operation in the US.

After successfully operating The Holding Company for 4 years, Kurt sold the business for nearly $100 million to Storage USA and was a consultant to them for 2 years before joining Shurgard Storage as a JV partner where he built 11 storage properties. Upon selling those assets to Public Storage in 2003, Kurt founded Simply Self Storage.

Simply has become the largest privately held developer/operator of self-storage facilities in the US and Puerto Rico. Now owning and/or operating nearly 120 facilities with over 12 million square feet of storage space, Simply is valued at more than $700 million. Before the financial downturn of 2007, Kurt was on track to take Simply public in what would have been the largest REIT IPO to date. With the poor financial markets, the IPO was unsuccessful and Kurt was required to focus on property performance and loan workouts. He has successfully completed over $300 million in loan restructuring from '08-'10, greatly reducing recourse obligations for himself and the company. Simply is now well positioned to continue and expand operations into the future.

Specialties include: real estate development & acquisitions, consulting, financing, capital raising, business consulting, self-storage consulting, and debt restructuring. In addition to being involved in the ownership, Kurt has arranged debt and equity for over $1.5 billion worth of real estate assets.

  • PhD, Ohio State University, 1972
  • MA, University of New Mexico, 1967
  • BA, California State University at Sacramento, 1965

James R. Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University, a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, and a Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institution Center. His research focuses on financial institutions and capital markets, both domestic and global, with special emphasis on regulatory issues. He served as leader of an international team advising the People's Bank of China on banking reform. Barth also participated in the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State in China in 2007, India in 2008, Russia in 2009, and Egypt in 2010. Also in 2008, Barth spoke on "Competition in the Financial Sector: Challenges for Regulation" at the G-20 Workshop on Competition in the Financial Sector, Bali, Indonesia.

Barth was an appointee of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as chief economist of the Office of Thrift Supervision and previously the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. He has also held the positions of professor of economics at George Washington University, associate director of the economics program at the National Science Foundation, and Shaw Foundation Professor of Banking and Finance at Nanyang Technological University. He has been a visiting scholar at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank.

Barth has testified before several U.S. Congressional Committees. He has authored more than 300 articles in professional journals and has co-authored and co-edited several books, including The Great Savings and Loan Debacle, American Enterprise Institute Press, The Reform of Federal Deposit Insurance, Harper Business, Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern, Cambridge University Press in 2006, Financial Restructuring and Reform in Post-WTO China, Kluwer Law International in 2007, The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Meltdown, John Wiley & Sons in 2009, and China's Emerging Financial Markets: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer in 2009.

His most recent books are Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us, MIT Press in 2012, Fixing the Housing Market: Financial Innovations for the Future, Wharton School Publishing-Pearson in 2012, and Research Handbook on International Banking and Governance, MIT Press in 2012. He has been quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Barron's and Newsweek, and has appeared on various broadcast programs and National Public Radio. Barth is the overseas associated editor of the Chinese Banker and included in Who's Who in Economics: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Economists, 1700 to 1995.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Finance
  • >PhD (Real Estate) — University of Georgia
  • MS — Auburn University
  • BA — Auburn University

Professor Harris Hollans' current research spans real estate and urban economics. He has recently been published in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics and other academic journals. He has presented papers at the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

Professor Hollans has taught both graduate and undergraduate coursed in finance, analysis, and valuation at both the University of Georgia and Auburn University. Prior to his academic career, he was a commercial real estate appraiser, working throughout the southeastern and southwestern regions. Dr. Hollans holds an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute.

Dr. Hollans received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and an MS and BA from Auburn University.

  • Associate Dean — College of Business, Auburn University
  • Ph.D. (Logistics) — New Mexico State University
  • MA (Accountancy) — New Mexico State University
  • BA (Accountancy) — New Mexico State University

Joe B. Hanna (PhD. New Mexico State) currently serves as Associate Dean and Regions Bank Professor of Supply Chain Management at Auburn University. Dr. Hanna is active in the undergraduate and graduate programs and also participates in Auburn’s executive and customized education programs. In addition, he is active in executive education, having performed supply chain education and consulting tasks with several firms including Pratt Whitney, Hyundai, Menlo Logistics, Pacer International, Transplace, W.C. Bradley, Fortna Supply Chain Consulting, SMC3, Kane is Able, Inc. and others. Prior to entering into academia, Dr. Hanna gained practical business experience with Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips), Phillips 66 Chemical Company (now ChevronPhillips Chemical Company), and Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).


Application Process:

First, please fill out the "Intention to Apply" form. This form will serve as a placeholder while you are accumulating all of the information required by the graduate school and the Executive MRED program. 

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Responding with this form does not obligate you to join the program, nor does it guarantee admission to the program.  Because class size is limited, we want to ensure that individuals will not be closed out of the program simply because they are waiting on application materials.

Then, apply to the Auburn University graduate program at (Choose “Apply Online”).

The Executive MRED program admissions committee will review all applicants as applications are completed. Selection is based on meeting admission requirements, information supplied on the application, the personal interview, and comments from references.

We want to admit the best students, so our program's admissions policy is flexible.

Application requirements

Each applicant must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least three years of full-time experience in real estate development or a related field such architecture, landscape architecture, planning, construction, or finance; or five years of full-time professional experience after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • A completed Auburn University graduate school application (
  • Pay the graduate school application fee ($60 for domestic students & $70 for international students) online with a credit card or send a check payable to Auburn University
  • Two copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs that you have attended. If you are given the option to expedite the transcripts to Auburn University, please do so. This process often takes the most time and could hold up the acceptance of your application for admission to the program. In addition, delay of transcripts will hold up any financial aid application that you might make.

Send remaining application materials, including your resume and two letters of recommendation, to:

Ms. Jana Smith
Asst. Director Exec. MBA Prog.
405 W. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 503
Auburn University Auburn, AL 36849
P: (334) 844-5078

A personal on-campus interview with the chair and faculty of the Executive MRED Program will be scheduled upon receipt of all application materials.

International students

Successful international applicants must score at least a 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version (pBT), a 213 on the computer version (cBT), and a 78 on the internet version (iBT).  Additionally, successful applicants must score a minimum of 16 on the listening, reading, speaking, and writing components of the iBT.  Auburn University will also accept a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

International applicants must demonstrate full financial sponsorship if accepted into the Executive MRED Program, proof of a comprehensive medical insurance plan, and submitan Official Statement of Financing for International Students Form (see the Auburn University graduate program Web site for additional requirements and forms). 

Executive MRED tuition

The tuition for the Executive MRED Program is $1,500 per credit hour (subject to change) for the six semester curriculum delivered consecutively over a two year period. This amount covers tuition, required books, university fees, lodging and lunches during Auburn residencies and on required field trips, and annual student memberships for industry organizations such as Urban Land Institute (ULI). Tuition does not include travel costs for university residencies or required field trips.

Student financial aid

Financial aid is available in the form of Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans. The loans are based on annual and aggregate loan limits and are not needs based. For more information please contact Dr. Thomas Wilson in Student Financial Services at or call 334-844-6996. You can also visit Auburn University’s Student Financial Services website at

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