How will the upcoming election affect the real estate market? The answer to that, as well as information on the Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) Program will be addressed at a Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the UCF Executive Development Center in downtown Orlando.

The complimentary program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the EDC, located at 36 Pine St. The event will feature a presentation by Charles Schnitzlein, an associate professor of finance in the UCF College of Business Administration.

In addition to his presentation, administrators will be present to answer questions about the MSRE program, which was designed by the Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate for working professionals wishing to achieve senior-level positions in the industry.

The program provides graduates with the flexibility to pursue careers in commercial real estate brokerage and appraisal, real estate development, mortgage brokerage, investment management, capital markets, and asset management. The 30-credit-hour curriculum combines a unique business core consisting of finance, accounting and marketing courses with advanced coursework in real estate. Students earn Argus Software certification, and they will be well-prepared to obtain Florida Real Estate brokerage and appraisal licenses.  They will also be eligible to take the fast track to the CCIM designation upon graduation.

“MSRE’s cohort format helped me learn from gifted professors and perform team projects with experienced professionals. Student quality and cohort size prompted bonding that I neither expected nor found in undergraduate classes. As most students were from local industry, we were real-world competitors. But MSRE brought us together in an environment of teamwork and mutual respect,” said Quentin Caruso, vice president of Realty Capital Advisors, Inc. and graduate of the inaugural MSRE class of 2011.

Applications are now being accepted for the second class of the program, which begins in fall 2013. Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the EDC. Students will go through the 20-month program as a cohort, taking all courses together.