NAR Academy at Columbia College

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NAR Academy is an exciting, exclusive partnership between the National Association of REALTORS® and Columbia College. Developed by industry leaders and subject matter experts, NAR Academy’s innovative, stackable curriculum includes certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s, and master’s programs that balance relevant content, practical skills, and cutting-edge information.

At NAR Academy, you’ll acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take control of your future, grow your business, and elevate your real estate career—all on your own time, at your own pace.

Why NAR Academy?

Increase marketability and grow your business

Build your skillset and develop your expertise across multiple real estate specialties at NAR Academy. Leverage your new knowledge to optimize opportunities, increase your earning potential, and boost your bottom line. With your certificate or degree, you can position yourself as an industry leader committed to best business practices and superior outcomes for your clients.

Gain a competitive edge and accelerate your career

Your certificate or degree from NAR Academy will give you a distinct competitive advantage in your brokerage, community, and the industry. Use your enhanced credentials to set yourself apart, attract new clients, improve your advancement potential in your brokerage, and reinforce your reputation as an experienced, go-to real estate professional.

Experience real-world learning

Participate in engaging courses presented in a real-world context from faculty who are subject matter experts with access to proprietary NAR insights. As industry leaders, they have a thorough understanding of the real estate industry and provide the most pertinent, cutting-edge information and processes to help you reach your professional development and business goals.

Complete your degree on a schedule that works for you

All NAR Academy programs are designed with your busy life in mind. With a robust online program, 36 campuses nationwide, and eight-week classes that start six times a year, your path to a certificate or degree is flexible, convenient, and customizable, based on your needs and interests.

Enjoy an affordable, achievable education

Applying is free, tuition pricing is simple and transparent with no additional fees, and applicable credits are easily transferred in. You’ll even receive three credit hours for having an agent or broker’s license.

Innovative stackable curriculum

To increase the value and flexibility of the program, certificates can be 'stacked' to lead seamlessly to an associate degree, which can then lead to a bachelor’s degree and ultimately, a master’s degree. Stackable certificates create shorter focused credentials that allow you to concentrate on areas you need most. 

Take advantage of a nationwide network

Networking is critical to career advancement, especially in real estate.  At NAR Academy you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional circle with real estate industry peers from across the country—within your expertise and across specialties. Your new contacts can help you build your book, grow in your current role, connect you to your next career opportunity, or help you identify and move into leadership roles.

NAR Academy Certificate and Degree Offerings

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Scholarships Available

$100 per course scholarship for all other eligible courses apply. All students eligible for NAR Academy scholarships must be verified NAR members. Learn more.

Podcast: Introducing NAR Academy

Listen to our featured podcast episode to learn more about the benefits of NAR Academy.



"The program was informative, educational, and relevant! I wish I had taken it prior to getting into real estate leadership, as I would have been better prepared. I highly recommend it to REALTORS® and others interested in leadership positions in the real estate field. Also, I was so happy with Columbia College, I have finally decided to finish my bachelor's degree after 20 years." — Sarah Gustafson, ABR®, SRES®, CRS