CCU approved as a university alliance partner of CCIM Institute

March 17, 2021

Coastal Carolina University has been approved as a university alliance partner of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute, allowing master's-level students in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration to expedite the preparation necessary to earn their CCIM designation.

According to CCIM Institute, fewer than 10% of commercial and investment real estate managers have their CCIM designation, making this certification one of the most elite in the industry. With approval as a university alliance partner, CCU students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) commercial and investment real estate (CIRE) track can earn their CCIM designation at an accelerated pace. Students in the CIRE track will be allowed to waive the CI 101 course requirement from CCIM Institute, one of four CCIM Institute courses required prior to passing the certification exams. In addition, as a university partner, CCU students will be provided with a free trial membership to CCIM Institute and discounted registration fees to other institute events.

"CCIM is one of the most prestigious qualifications in the U.S. relating to brokerage, investment, and development of industrial and commercial real estate," said Tony Grant, founding donor of CCU's Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics. "Having its MBA course recognized by CCIM Institute is a major step forward for CCU. My hope is that the University, its students, alumni, and faculty will develop a successful partnership with the institute and will play an active role in its South Carolina chapter."

Since its launch in 2020, the CIRE track in the MBA program has become increasingly popular with new students due to the content and its format of completion with in-person or online classes. The real estate track prepares students for careers in the commercial and investment real estate industry, including as a real estate investment manager, property or association manager, or in roles related to land development, franchise, or real estate operations. The MBA concentration provides a comprehensive overview of the industry, market analysis, and valuation strategies.

"We are pleased to be a university alliance partner of CCIM Institute to assist our students with accessing valuable skills and credentials such as the CCIM designation," said Robert Salvino, Ph.D., director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics, which oversees the CIRE track. "The Grant Center is committed to building offerings to meet the demands of our real estate profession and to engage lifelong learners who will contribute to the burgeoning development of the Grand Strand and greater region."

About the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics

The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics serves students and professionals engaged in all facets of real estate and economics and provides market analysis, study-based scholarships, networking opportunities, internships, and technical study tours of international sites.

The Grant Center leverages the global ties of Coastal Carolina University and key partners, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, and board members. It offers courses in commercial and investment real estate, publishes scholarly research, and produces applied studies for stakeholders in the region. The center also hosts the annual real estate and economic summit and awards gala, provides seminar talks on a regular basis, and consults for various private, government, and nonprofit groups.

The key mission is to support the education of its students to the highest levels of competence and professionalism and to broaden the economic base of the region, serving as a bridge between CCU and the wider community.

Follow the Grant Center on social media @GrantCenterCCU or the Wall College Graduate Programs @CCUGradBusiness.

About the CCIM Institute

CCIM Institute created the language of global real estate investment. Our courses and worldwide community deploy commercial real estate investment methodologies and tools that speed the pathway between opportunity, a go/no-go decision, and success for an asset, taught by instructors who are themselves industry leaders. Today, the organization, through its 50-plus chapters, continues to innovate best practices and elevate the commercial real estate professional through its core designation program to earn the CCIM pin - real estate's most coveted credential - and its topical education courses offered through the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies. In addition, membership in CCIM Institute includes the industry's best technology and operational platform, allowing entrepreneurial and mid-sized businesses to compete with the largest multinational providers. Today, almost 70 percent of designees hold the title of owner, partner, principal, or president, representing an exclusive worldwide referral network of approximately 13,000 members in 30 countries. Ultimately, CCIM Institute represents a larger vision of the commercial real estate provider, leveraging investment analysis, opinions of value, and underwriting to become a leader in sourcing capital, building a cash-flow vehicle, and ultimately creating value. For more information, visit