A New Educational Partnership for NAR

November 12, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS® has entered into an exclusive partnership with Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., to expand real estate courses and degree offerings and build on the legacy of its program, REALTOR® University.

Under the new agreement, Columbia College will offer NAR members a variety of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, including a new master of business administration degree with an emphasis on real estate. Besides the new MBA program, Columbia College will also develop degree completion programs for bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and college-level real estate certificate programs. The new courses and programs are expected to start in the late spring of 2020.

NAR members who enroll in NAR Academy at Columbia College can receive $100 per eligible course in financial support from the Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education.

“We are committed to continuing to add value by providing substantial educational opportunities that help our members grow personally and professionally,” says NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. “We’re extremely proud to partner with Columbia College as it represents an important new phase in this bold vision.”

In 2012, NAR launched REALTOR® University to provide members an opportunity to take real estate–specific academic offerings. REALTOR® University will discontinue its master’s program and allow members to enroll in Columbia College with expanded offerings.

Columbia College has more than 30 locations nationwide and offers online courses as well.

“We believe this new partnership between NAR and Columbia College will truly be a game changer, not only for our institution but for the association’s members around the country,” says Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple. “As far as we know, this is the largest exclusive educational partnership in the United States.”

REALTOR® University alumni will become members of the Columbia College Alumni Association. They also will become the founding members of an NAR scholar’s society.

“This is what we aspire to do as volunteer leaders—innovate, lead, and create,” adds Ron Phipps, chairman of the REALTOR® University Board of Regents. “Now we have ensured the groundbreaking work we have done for our members continues to provide true and recognized benefits for years to come.”

For more information about NAR Academy at Columbia College, visit nar.ccis.edu or nar.realtor/nar-academy.