Commercial Real Estate by Degrees

Master of science in real estate or an MBA with a concentration in real estate? That's one of the many decisions potential graduate students must make when they return to school for an advanced degree. Fortunately a growing number of colleges and universities offer graduate degrees in real estate, as well as construction management, development, urban studies, and finance. And many programs are geared toward working adults with evening and weekend classes.

In fact, if you've been out school for a few years, you might be surprised by the changes that have occurred in higher education. In many schools the emphasis is on small classes, credit for experience, and lots of opportunities for business development, networking, and real-life projects.

The following list is by no means exhaustive; it merely highlights the variety of institutions that offer real estate-related programs.

Master of Science in Real Estate

Cornell University
Program in Real Estate
114 W. Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
A two-year program leading to a master's in professional studies in real estate, concentrations include investment, development, sustainable development, finance and investment banking, consulting, property and asset management, marketing and market analysis, and international real estate.

Georgia State University
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
35 Broad St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Along with a master of science in real estate, Robinson offers a real estate MBA, MBA with a real estate concentration, and a non-degree real estate certificate. The programs emphasize appraisal, corporate real estate, development, finance, investments, market analysis and retail real estate.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center for Real Estate
77 Massachusetts Ave. , W31-310
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
This is a one-year program in real estate development.

Johns Hopkins University
School of Professional Studies in Business and Education
103 Shaffer Hall
3400 N. Charles St .
Baltimore, MD 21218
This 40-credit program offers specializations in development, institutional real estate, investment management, valuation and appraisal, community development, senior living, and international real estate.

New York University
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Real Estate Institute
145 4th Ave. , Room 201
New York, NY 10003
Students can complete a master's in real estate or in construction management in a year-and-a-half attending full-time or two-and-a-half years, part-time.

University of Denver
Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
Daniels College of Business
2101 S. University Blvd.
Denver, Colo. 80208
Along with a master of science in real estate and construction management, students also can enroll in dual degree programs that combine the MSRE with a law degree or an MBA. Executive and certificate programs also are available, as well as online program options.

University of Florida
Center for Real Estate Studies
321 Stuzin Hall
P.O. Box 117168
Gainesville, FL 32611-7168
Offered is a one-year full-time MSRE program as well as one- and two-year MBA programs with a real estate concentration.

University of San Diego
Burham-Moores Center for Real Estate
School of Business Administration
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
This is a full-time, 11-month cohort-based MSRE program that part-time students can complete in 22 months. A joint MBA/MSRE program is also offered.

Master Of Business Administration With a Real Estate Concentration

Georgia State University
(see above)

Roosevelt University
Chicago School of Real Estate
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
The programs include a two-year real estate MBA geared toward working adults as well as a real estate certificate for those with an MBA.

Texas A&M University
Mays School of Business
3003 Wehner
4117 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4218
The 48-hour MBA program is completed over16 months, with specialization in development, finance and valuation, investment analysis, and capital markets.

University of California
Haas School of Business
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1900
The program focuses on financial analysis, real estate finance and securitization, project development, and e-commerce strategies, offering preparation for careers in real estate investment trusts, operating companies, development, finance, investment, and e-commerce start-ups.

University of Cincinnati
College of Business Administration
Lindner Hall, 4th Fl
P.O. Box 210195
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0195
Focusing on office, retail, and industrial markets, the MBA with a real estate concentration includes appraisal, development, corporate, leasing , brokerage, property management and institutional investment. An MBA in construction management also is offered.

University of Florida
(see above)

University of Georgia
Terry College of Business
206 Brooks Hall
Athens, GA 30602-6255
The MBA real estate program is designed to improve skills in real estate acquisition, management, and disposition.

University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School of Business
420 Jon Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut St .
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340
Along with a full-time MBA program, the school also offers an executive MBA that is completed in two years.

University of Southern California
Marshall School of Business
Marshall MBA Program Office
Popovich Hall 200
630 Childs Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2631
Students may take an emphasis in real estate by taking courses in finance, investment, law, valuation, development, and the economics of real estate markets.

University of Texas at Austin
McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX 78712-1178
Students taking the real estate finance specialization focus on urban land markets, real estate investment and finance, and urban development.

University of Wisconsin
School of Business
975 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706
The program focuses on urban economic principles, finance, investments, and development. In addition, the Center for Real Estate and Urban Land Economics offers numerous real estate-based executive education seminars.


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