What is the AI Master's Degree Program
Established in 1987, the Appraisal Institute Master’s Degree Program (MDP) offers individuals pursuing a master's degree (typically an MBA with a concentration in real estate, or an MSRE or MRED) at an AI-affiliated university to earn an MAI designation based equivalency credit for some or all the prerequisite education needed for Designated membership.
Note: course credit varies on the program from where the Student Affiliate earned the graduate degree, so certain AI courses may need to be completed. Please contact AI staff for a detailed chart that outlines equivalency credit for a specific graduate program affiliated with AI.
Individuals become eligible to join the Appraisal Institute Master’s Degree Program (MDP) when they enroll in a master’s degree program university affiliated with AI and join as either Student Affiliates or Practicing Affiliates.
Practicing Affiliates are individuals interested in affiliation with the Appraisal Institute but are not ready/eligible to pursue Designated membership. Open to all valuers of real property including those seeking licensure or certification. (Category for: certified real property appraisers, licensed appraisers, trainee/registered/provisional appraisers, appraisal reviewers, tax assessors, or anyone considered a valuer of real property.
Student Affiliates are college, university, or high school students who do not practice real property valuation.
Benefits of Becoming Affiliated
AI MDP Student Affiliate and Practicing Affiliate benefits include:
No annual dues while in pursuance of a graduate degree at one of the AI-affiliated universities.
Affiliation with a local chapter, where individuals can network with professionals in the appraisal industry.
AI discounts on education and publications without having to pay the annual Appraisal Institute national dues.
Insights, Perspectives, and Appraiser News Online (ANO) e-Newsletter at no cost (electronic versions).
Complimentary digital subscriptions to The Appraisal Journal and Valuation magazine.
Access to the Appraisal Institute Lum Library and research services.
The possibility of earning an AI designation.
Access to additional AI Benefits.
Note: Individuals who practice real property valuation must enter the Practicing Affiliate category upon initial admission to the Appraisal Institute. Practicing Affiliates are subject to AI Continuing Education requirements.
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Universities Not Affiliated with AI
AI Admissions is happy to discuss affiliation with other universities, so please contact AI staff! But in the meantime, AI staff will gladly review graduate coursework from a program unaffiliated with the AI MDP to determine possible credit earned via an MBA (concentration in finance, real estate, or real property economics), MSRE, or MRED.