MLPD Core Courses

For detailed information about each course, see the Graduate Catalog. The following is a list of core courses required of every Land Development student.

LDEV 661 — Development and Environment (Site Analysis) (3 hours)

Methods and techniques used in maximizing the productive potential of a development site. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the opportunities and challenges inherent in every property, and through efficient infrastructure and product design and construction, creating a product that meets or exceeds development expectations.

LDEV 663 — Introduction to Project Management (3 hours)

This course focuses on the management of the land development project from land acquisition through project dissolution. Emphasis is placed on both office and field operations during the pre-development, development construction, and post development phases.

LDEV 664 – Market Analysis for Land Development (3 hours)

Techniques and data sources for market analysis for development; analysis for housing development; trade area analysis and market analysis for retail development; analysis for office, industrial parks and for specialized development.

LDEV 667 – Introduction to Land Development (Design and Development Economy) (3 hours)

Interface between the physical and financial dimensions in the design and development process to achieve building and project economics; creating a physical product and a financial venture that responds to social and environmental concerns and to market economy and feasibility analysis.

LDEV 668 – Residential Land Development (3 hours)

Strategies, methods and techniques used in residential land development including: residential land development business organizations and ownership structures, single family lot deal structuring, feasibility, financing and financial analysis, planning and design.

LDEV 669 – Income Property Land Development (3 hours)

Commercial land development program identification, implementation and completion strategies utilized to produce socially acceptable, environmentally sustainable and financially feasible properties. Emphasis is placed on site evaluation, financial feasibility, and investment analysis.

LDEV 671 – Sustainable Development (3 hours)

Sustainability perspectives about values, rights, property and what constitutes an optimum human environment; sustainability principles and case studies emphasizing on-the-ground, incentive-based land development that balances economic growth with environmental quality.

LDEV 684 – Professional Internship (1-12 hours)

Professional practice under approved arrangement with public or private land or real estate development agencies in the United States or abroad.

LDEV 685 – Directed Studies (in conjunction with Capstone Course) (2 hours)

Individual and group problems dealing with application of strategic plan development theory in practice.

LDEV 687 – Development Feasibility & Design I (Due Diligence) (3 hours)

Selected residential and income property development projects and case studies are analyzed with respect to the following due diligence determinations: financial feasibility; legal, social and entitlement feasibility; physical feasibility including site analysis; and product design.

LDEV 688 – Land Development Capstone (3 hours)

Plans and venture structures for selected residential and non-residential development projects of varying size analyzed by student multidisciplinary teams with respect to the following; economic feasibility and cash flow and site and design plans and costs.

LDEV 693 – Online Portfolio (1 hour)

Creation of an online portfolio demonstrating the knowledge and competencies obtained in the Master of Land and Property Development coursework. Undertaken as the terminal requirement for the Master of Land and Property Development degree.

FINC 670 – Real Property Analysis (3 hours)

Provides foundational understanding of economic and financial analytical techniques used to evaluate income-producing real estate. Students learn the mathematics of present value analysis, then they apply the techniques to estimate market values and investment values to evaluate the financial feasibility of real estate projects. 

FINC 676 – Commercial Real Estate Law (3 hours)

The subject of this course is commercial real estate law: legal ownership interests, choice of entity, sales and closings, and lease, note, and deed of trust analysis, among other topics.

Leveling Courses (if needed):

ACCT 640 – Accounting Concepts and Procedures

Accounting concepts and relationships essential to administrative decisions; use of accounting statements and reports as policymaking and policy execution tools.

FINC 635 – Financial Management

External and internal factors affecting financial decision-making in the firm; fundamental concepts of accounting and managerial economics