Commercial Real Estate

Earn your certificate in commercial real estate through San Francisco State University’s Finance Department

BOMA SF seeks new talent in the commercial real estate industry, and that new talent could be you!

BOMA SF Foundation Partnership

The Building Owners and Managers Association, San Francisco Foundation (BOMA SF Foundation) has partnered with San Francisco State University, providing support for several courses in commercial real estate. Students earn a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance, and a certificate in commercial real estate.

According to BOMA SF Foundation, “One of the most demanding issues facing the commercial real estate industry today is how to replace a large aging workforce soon to retire.”

Career Opportunities Await

Exciting jobs with great compensation and many opportunities for career advancement are available in the commercial real estate industry, including property management, facilities management, asset and portfolio managers, real estate leasing and brokerage, and building engineering.

Career Brochure

Earning a certificate in commercial real estate from San Francisco State gets you one step closer to job-readiness. BOMA International has created a PDF brochure about careers in commercial real estate (PDF)

More than just a new curriculum

BOMA SF Foundation’s partnership with SF State not only offers new curriculum, but also provides guest lecturers, and supports students with scholarship opportunities, mentorships, as well as internships. Students are also stongly encouraged to attend BOMA SF events off campus.This partnership provides students with a large network of commercial real estate professionals.

Certificate requirements

To earn the certificate, students must:

  • earn a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance
  • complete the four real estate courses

Courses for the Commercial Real Estate Certificate

Course Title
FIN 365 Real Estate Principles
FIN 370 Fundamentals of Real Estate
FIN 371 Commercial Real Estate Financial Management
FIN 372 Commercial Leasing and Development


Three scholarships are to be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. Each scholarship awarded is in the amount of $3,500. For information on how to apply, see BOMA SF Foundation Scholarships.

BOMA SF Foundation

The BOMA San Francisco Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to addressing the employment and training needs of the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Their mission is to expand and diversify the CRE workforce by recruiting, training and retaining top quality talent. Learn more about BOMA SF Foundation


There are many ways to support our Certificate in Commercial Real Estate program! To learn more about how you can offer support please contact David Fierberg, Associate Director of Development for the College of Business at (415) 405-3966 or 


For inquiries regarding the certificate, please contact:

Melanie Summers
Career Services & CRE Adviser
Mon., Thur., Fri.: SCI 314
Tues., Wed.: SFSU Downtown Campus

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