Gold Coast Schools often receives inquiries from students regarding a master’s degree in real estate. Let me say right up front, Gold Coast School of Real Estate does not offer a master’s degree in real estate. What Gold Coast does offer is all of the classes required to obtain and maintain a Florida real estate Sales Associate license, and a Florida real estate broker license.
Why might someone want a real estate license vs. a master’s degree in real estate? A master’s degree is a prestigious degree, but it is not required to list and sell real estate. In Florida, a license is all that is required to list and sell real estate. A license can be earned by anyone over 18 years of age who is of good moral character, has a high school diploma or GED, and a social security number. The fees for state required classes, fingerprints, and state application fees are around $600-700, and the license can be earned in 30 days or less. On the other hand, a master’s degree in real estate will require that the applicant first has a bachelor’s degree, will generally take 1-2 years of graduate courses, and can cost in excess of $50,000.
Usually a master’s degree in real estate is an MBA degree in finance, with a specialization in real estate. The degree program really only contains a few real estate related classes. Certain positions working for REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), or commercial real estate companies may require such a degree, but the majority of real estate positions will only require a real estate license. If your career path requires a master’s degree in real estate, Gold Coast is not your choice. However, if you are looking for a Florida real estate license, and a much shorter path to starting your real estate career in Florida, Gold Coast is Florida’s largest school, and offers the sales associate class in both classroom and online formats, as well as in English and in Spanish.