Closing the GAAP

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Real Estate's Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) Program!

Closing the GAAP is a volunteer-based, student-run program which provides assistance to applicants from communities historically underrepresented in higher education, and the real estate industry.  Eligible participants include individuals who: identify with underrepresented racial or ethnic groups; individuals who identify with an underrepresented gender or orientation; first-generation students; individuals managing a disability; US Veterans; single parents; individuals with DACA status; or individuals who may have experienced a significant challenge in their path to graduate school.  

Applicants are paired with a graduate students who can provide feedback on an application material of your choosing (Resume/CV; Statement of Objectives; Portfolio/Work Sample) to help create a stronger application.  Participating applicants will be able to receive feedback twice from their student reviewer regarding the application material of their choice.  

If you are currently considering applying to the MSRED Program and would like to participate in Closing the GAAP, this form will help us match you with a current graduate student. Closing the GAAP will accept applications until December 1, 2020, in order to provide assistance before January 15.

Note: Although we strive to give you our best guidance from the perspective of current students, participation will not affect how your application is reviewed by the admissions committee and is not a guarantee of admission.

Information you provide in this form will not be shared with the admissions committee or any official MIT entity and will be de-identified in any reports to MIT administration. Your privacy is important to us. For further questions, please contact us at: msredadmissions@mit.edu.

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* 1. Preferred email address

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* 2. First Name

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* 3. Last Name

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* 4. Undergraduate Institution

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* 5. Undergraduate Major

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* 6. Prior Graduate Institution & Degree (if applicable)

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* 7. Year of Birth

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* 8. I have read the eligibility criteria and certify that I meet one or more of the following criteria

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* 9. What is your gender

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* 10. Do you identify as transgender?

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* 11. What is your sexual orientation

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* 12. Please indicate your race or ethnic background

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* 13. What is the highest level of education any of your parent(s)/guardian(s) has received?  Check all that apply.

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* 14. Are you a US Citizen

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* 15. What city, state, or country do you identify most as having come from?

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* 16. Describe your academic interests and previous professional experiences; let us know which general area(s) of the real estate industry you are most interested in and briefly describe any previous research or professional experience.

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* 17. Describe why you are interested in participating in the Closing the GAAP Program; describe how you believe we can help strengthen your application.  Feel free to also describe how aspects of your personal experiences align with our commitment to achieving fairer representation of diverse communities within the real estate industry.

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* 18. Please include any additional information that you would like us to know in the space provided below.

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* 19. Please indicate the application material you would like to review with a student reviewer.  

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* 20. We want to acknowledge that every individual has unique life experiences that may not be captured in the above questions.  We are open to hearing more about any extenuating circumstances an applicant has encountered throughout their journey.  

If applicable, please describe any challenges that you may have overcome due to limited access to professional or academic opportunities, or obstacles concerning your economic, social, or educational experiences.  (Max. 250 words).

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