NAR Academy at Columbia College

The National Association of REALTORS® is expanding academic achievement opportunities to members through an agreement with Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. The new NAR Academy at Columbia College will provide members with financial assistance who enroll in pursuit of academic degree completion for certificates, associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the NAR Academy.

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Columbia College is an ideal partner for the NAR Academy given its successful legacy of providing high-quality distance-learning degree completion programs to military and working professionals, and is second-to-none in their recognition of credit-for-work experience.

With the agreement, Columbia College will become the exclusive higher-education partner for more than 1.3 million NAR members, providing opportunities for them to complete a variety of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including real estate-specific offerings anticipated in late spring 2020. For its planned master’s program with a real estate emphasis, Columbia College will build on the award-winning curriculum developed by REALTOR® University.

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The NAR Academy at Columbia College marks the successful realization of the REALTOR® University vision. With the graduation of all active Master of Real Estate program students, and with the sharing of the curriculum with Columbia College, REALTOR® University will officially discontinue its master’s program, and provide the opportunity for interested members to enroll in the NAR Academy at Columbia College as a member benefit. NAR Academy includes business degrees and programs in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management and, in the future, is anticipated to include real estate specific certificates, an associate’s degree in real estate, and a bachelor’s degree in real estate, and is inclusive of the courses serving as degree requirements and required electives counting toward a degree or program.

NAR members that enroll in the NAR Academy at Columbia College can receive $100 per eligible course in financial support from the Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education (CSRE). CSRE is NAR's wholly-owned subsidiary that creates and facilitates educational programs in real estate.

REALTOR® University will make it possible for all active students in it's master’s program to graduate with a Master of Real Estate (MRE) degree. REALTOR® University alumni will become members of the NAR Academy at Columbia College Masters Society and can also choose to become honorary members of the Columbia College Alumni Association.

See more about the NAR Academy at www.nar.ccis.edu.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 165 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. The college, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, has more than 30 campuses and offers day, evening and online classes. Columbia College educates more than 18,000 students each year and has more than 91,000 alumni worldwide. The college offers 10 associates, 30 bachelor’s and eight master’s degrees.

We are extremely proud of the contributions and achievements of the staff, faculty, alumni and students of REALTOR® University, and are excited to usher in this new chapter for NAR and its members at the NAR Academy at Columbia College.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the general agreement between NAR and Columbia College?

The National Association of REALTORS® has entered a partnership with Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri to create the NAR Academy at Columbia College. The NAR Academy will offer access and financial assistance to members in pursuit of stackable certificates, associates, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

What will happen to REALTOR® University?

The NAR Academy at Columbia College marks the successful realization of the REALTOR® University vision. With the graduation of all active Master of Real Estate program students, and with the sharing of the curriculum with Columbia College, REALTOR® University will officially discontinue its master’s program, and provide opportunity for interested members to enroll in Columbia College as a member benefit. See more about the NAR Academy at www. nar.ccis.edu.

Columbia College will become the exclusive higher-education partner for more than 1.3 million NAR members, providing opportunities for them to complete a variety of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including real estate-specific offerings anticipated in late spring 2020. For its planned master’s program with a real estate emphasis, Columbia College will build on the award-winning curriculum developed by REALTOR® University. The REALTOR® University curriculum and its associated intellectual property will be incorporated into the NAR Academy at Columbia College academic offerings. REALTOR® University alumni will become members of the NAR Academy Masters Society and can become members of the Columbia College Alumni Association.

How much did NAR invest in the development of the REALTOR® University?

REALTOR® University has been comprehensively funded through the association’s educational set aside in the Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education, with no financial dependence or connection to the NAR general fund or to member dues.

How many people received a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from REALTOR® University?

There are 75 NAR members who have graduated with a Master of Real Estate degree from REALTOR® University. Each REALTOR® University graduate will be automatically enrolled in a new NAR Masters Society to recognize their achievement and commitment to advancing themselves and their profession. Each graduate will also be invited to join the Columbia College Alumni Association as a lifetime member and to enjoy all the benefits therein.

What are the options for graduate students currently enrolled in REALTOR® University?

All active students enrolled in REALTOR® University will be afforded the opportunity to graduate.

What are the exclusive member benefits provided REALTOR® University through the partnership with Columbia College? How do I learn more?

The Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education (CSRE) will offer NAR members $100 per every eligible course toward a business-related degree or certificate to members for tuition assistance.

What were the reasons for NAR choosing Columbia College for this valuable partnership?

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri; Columbia College is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the college has more than 30 locations nationwide and offers day, evening and online classes to thousands of students each year. Columbia College is especially committed to serving working professionals. The college opened a new 60,000 square foot facility in September, housing its Robert W. Plaster School of Business. See more at www.ccis.edu.

What is the financial arrangement between NAR and Columbia College?

The NAR and Columbia College agreement is a carefully constructed and mutually beneficial, revenue-sharing partnership. The NAR Academy will have the chance to market directly to members as the preferred higher education provider of NAR and will offer unique and unprecedented access to academic degree completion.

Columbia College Fast Facts

  • Opened in 1851
  • Started online program in 2000
  • Serves 18,000 students annually
  • Has 91,000 alumni
  • Serves more than 7,000 service members and dependents
  • 10 associates degrees
  • 30 bachelor’s degrees
  • 8 master’s degrees

Learn more about Columbia College at: www.ccis.edu

Read the joint press release.

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