“Real estate accounts for one-third of the world’s capital assets. In this program, you'll gain critical knowledge and become conversant about the principles of real estate investing while taking a global perspective.”
Tomasz PiskorskiFaculty Co-Director
Hear from the program's four faculty directors as they introduce the program.
The Commercial Real Estate Asset Class, Iconic Assets, and the Investor Ecosystem
Part 1 discusses the importance of real estate as an asset class and its historical return performance. Real estate forms part of the alternative investment asset class and institutional investors target a substantial part of their alternatives portfolio in real estate.
This session also introduces participants to the various types of real estate assets by discussing an iconic asset in each sector. The discussion uncovers a diverse investor ecosystem.
“The program was tremendous. I finished it with a great understanding of the fundamentals of real estate and the various ways in which investors work in the asset class. Anyone who works in related fields will benefit and increase their knowledge of real estate investing. The professors are tremendous, and each of them brought their expertise and energy to make each session valuable. This was definitely an experience that I was glad to participate in virtually, as I would have had a hard time doing so in person given that I live in Los Angeles.”
Scott SandlerSenior Vice President of Capital Group
“This program was incredibly valuable and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to enter the commercial real estate field or looking to broaden their understanding of valuation across multiple sectors. The professors were engaging and provided varied perspectives while analyzing trends and touching on real-time information, including the present-day impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I appreciated the virtual format of the course, which allowed me to fully participate while balancing my full-time workload.”
Katie JacobyExecutive Vice President Strategy and Development at Anchor Health Properties
“For anyone interested in learning about the commercial real estate market, this program provided high-quality content and instructor experience. The program is extremely well done. The knowledge and experience of the professors are very impressive. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to take a course from Professor Mayer, who has the honor of being the Milstein Professor. That level of instruction is beyond expectations for an executive education program. Also, the deep experience of David Sherman in the real estate marketplace was extremely valuable in conveying the meaning of these analyses and considerations in real-world transactions. The instructors are adept at engaging the students and both courses I have taken included lively discussions in the classroom. I would be remiss if I didn't comment on how helpful and welcoming the administrative staff was — really a terrific job. I highly recommend this program!”
Janet ElmsProprietor at JLC Consulting Services
“As a Columbia Business School Executive Education participant, I was impressed with the choreography of the program structure and very pleased with all the presentations delivered by an incredibly knowledgeable and seasoned faculty of professionals.”
Joseph FedericoVice President at NJ Micro Electronic Testing Inc
Years of Management Experience
Christopher J. Mayer
Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate; Professor of Finance
Co-Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia Business School
Edward S. Gordon Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School
David M. Sherman
Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, Metropolitan Real Estate
Co-Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia Business School
Stijn G. Van Nieuwerburgh
Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance
I’m interested in the Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE), how do I get started?
At Columbia Business School Executive Education, you’ll be able to customize a unique learning experience by selecting programs that best interest you and are most suited for your needs. Any completed program, regardless of format (live online, in-person, or online), will count towards the Certificate in Business Excellence.
Which programs qualify for the CIBE?
Any completed executive education program, regardless of format (live-online, in-person, or online), will count towards the Certificate in Business Excellence. Partner programs will also count towards the certificate.
Which programs do not qualify for 25 percent tuition benefit?
- Advanced Management Program
- Executive Development Program
- Developing Black Leaders in Financial Services
- Strategic Wealth Manager
- Global Banking Program: Fintech, Digital, and Analytics
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Marketing Officer
- Venture Capital Private Equity
- Digital Business Leadership Program
- Executive Program in Management
What programs are considered partner programs?
Executive education programs developed and administered with our educational partners, bring the best of our combined knowledge, thought leadership, resources, and expertise. Kindly find a list of our partners here on our partnership page.
What are the costs of the certificate?
There’s no set cost associated with the certificate path since you’re able to customize your learning journey with in-person and online programs (price will vary depending on the program type and length).
Are there any tuition assistance or scholarships?
At Columbia Business School Executive Education, we offer non-degree and non-credit-based professional development programs to the global business community. As our programs are non-degree and non-credit, they do not qualify for financial aid.
How are CIBE credits determined?
Credits for a program are determined by the program duration and total learning hours.
Where do I find information on the credit value for a program?
You will find this information on each program page. Credits range from 0.5 credits – 26 credits per program.
How do I get enrolled in the CIBE?
Your certificate journey will start with your first program, and you have 4 years to complete your CIBE. You may register for any of our executive education programs on each program page. You may enroll using the “Enroll Now” button, and the application process should take 5-10 minutes.
How do I receive credits?
You are required to fully attend a program and complete all necessary coursework in order to receive CIBE credits. Credits are only awarded after you complete a program.
How do I check the status of my Certificate completion?
Kindly reach out to a Learning Solutions representative for any questions on the status of your CIBE credit count.
Do CIBE credits expire?
Credits are only valid for four years (Please note: While we are not able to offer in-person programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration to complete the programming has been extended to five years.). If you have not completed your CIBE within four years, we will only count non-expired credits towards your CIBE credit total.
Does the Certificate in Business Excellence expire?
Your Certificate in Business Excellence does not expire. Once you become a certificate recipient, you will join the greater alumni community at Columbia Business School.
I’ve reached 18 CIBE credits, what’s next?
Congratulations! You should receive a digital copy of your certificate at the end of your program. If you do not receive a copy from your program manager, kindly contact your Learning Solutions representative or your program manager for next steps.
Will I receive a physical certificate?
Upon completion, you will receive a secure, digital certificate through Accredible. Within the platform you will have the option to print your credential, post it to your LinkedIn feed, or display it on your profile as a certification. Please contact your program manager for the status of your digital certificate.
How do I get access to my alumni benefits?
Once you complete your CIBE, we kindly ask for your patience as we process your alumni credentials. The processing time can take anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks long.
Can I refer colleagues to the Certificate in Business Excellence?
If you are a certificate holder, you may sponsor up to four colleagues each year for full-price in-person programs lasting up to seven days and all full-price online programs.
Can I add the Certificate in Business Excellence to LinkedIn?
Yes! We will provide you with instructions on how to add your certificate to your LinkedIn profile after you become a Certificate recipient.
Preferred Pricing and Tuition Benefits for Alumni
Are there preferred pricing options available for live online programs?
Yes, preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Columbia Business School alumni am I eligible for tuition benefit?
Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.
Will there be any homework or assignments?
For select programs, there will be some assignments to complete after the end of select program sessions. Assignments will typically consist of readings, self-reflections, and brief assessments. This approach is designed to help you practice your learnings.
How long will assignments take?
We do not expect that homework assignments will take up a large amount of time to complete.
Will there be any examinations or grades?
There will be no examinations or grades for our live online programs.
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