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MSRED, Master's Real Estate Development

The Masters of Real Estate Development (MSRED) Program at XXXX is my first choice among Master’s Degree Programs as I feel strongly that it is the best program in the country for me to meet my objectives of a full immersion into real estate at an academic level. This is especially true since I seek to achieve an extensive and advanced specialization in the area of private equity. Earning a Master’s Degree at XXXX will set me on course for the realization of my long-term goal of someday becoming a partner at a cutting-edge, real estate private equity firm.

My gut instincts are leading me to pursue a lifetime specialization focused on the investment side of the real estate industry. My professional experience so far has entailed analyzing and underwriting a diverse range of commercial real estate transactions both in the US and worldwide. My career so far has revolved around valuation and real estate services and I feel it is the optimal time to further my skill set with a degree from a distinguished and rigorous program such as XXXX.

A combination of hard work, determination, and skill helped me secure an internship with Integra Realty Resources (IRR) in the summer of 2010, while an undergraduate student at the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. Although extremely challenging, this internship made for a thrilling summer of on-the-job training, learning the fundamentals of real estate valuation at the same time that I was able to apply what I was learning in practice. That summer, I worked days, nights, weekends and successfully completed every task that I was assigned all the while soaking up as much knowledge and general awareness as I could, especially as concerns real estate issues and investment in our current financial climate. I could not have been more thrilled to accept an offer of full-time employment with this firm upon graduation. While at IRR, I was able to personally value over 300 individual properties worth over US$5 billion. After three great years, however, I knew that I needed to take the next step in my career and spread my wings from pure valuation to working on larger scale projects and more notable clients.

Since September 2014, I have been employed by XXXX within their Transaction Real Estate practice in Chicago. XXXX was expanding their real estate consulting practice at the time that I came on board and thus my work has been especially dynamic and exciting since it entailed a complete spectrum of engagements such as feasibility, due diligence, and capital raising assignments on both a domestic and international level. The last three years have resulted in great engagements, mentors, and opportunities. I have learned many valuable things through professional employment that will enable me to hit the ground running at XXXX and excel. Earning my MSRED during this pivotal stage in my career is more than a logical choice; it is the ideal path to make my dreams a reality. I see it as the optimal professional springboard given my special interest in real estate private equity. XXXX is rigorous, fully embraces diversity, and has small class sizes, all geared towards direct practice in the real world, as well as the finest faculty on the planet. While my test scores may not be at the top of the class, I have a proven work ethic and a determination to excel. I thank you for considering my application to your especially distinguished and competitive Real Estate program at XXXX.

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