Top Business Schools for Real Estate 2018

Even post-housing bubble, the US real estate industry still pulls in over $200 billion in revenue each year, according to some estimates. Additionally, real estate markets in India, China, and other countries are still emerging.

Because of that, the real estate field is an interesting option for many MBA students. 

To tap into these opportunities, some business schools offer MBA specializations in Real Estate, and others house real estate research centers. Some business schools offer MBA classes on the intersection between real estate, finance, and investments. 

For students who want a more robust coverage of the real estate field, some business schools offer the opportunity to pair an MBA with a Master of Real Estate or similar degree.

Post-MBA jobs in the sector can range from a corporate real estate broker to a property investment executive.

Williamsburg, Virginia 8 Followers 31 Discussions

Although the school does not offer an MBA specialization in Real Estate, that hasn’t stopped graduates from going into the field: over nine percent of 2017 MBA graduates went into real estate roles, according to the school. 

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Los Angeles, California 72 Followers 135 Discussions
UCLA - Anderson

The school’s Ziman Center for Real Estate produces a range of research and puts on relevant events. As part of the school’s MBA, students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in Real Estate, where they can explore topics like real estate law and taxation, entrepreneurial real estate development, and securitization, among others. 

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Edmonton, Canada 36 Followers 48 Discussions

Real estate is on the rise at Alberta: in 2012 the school began introducing real estate curriculum into its MBA program, and the school offers an MBA focus area in Real Estate. Four percent of the MBA class of 2016 went into real estate, the highest percentage of any Canadian school surveyed by FIND MBA.

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Washington, District of Columbia 31 Followers 66 Discussions

Students in George Washington’s MBA program have the option of pursuing a certificate in Walkable Urban Real Estate Development. The school hosts the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, which supports research on real estate development in Washington, DC and around the United State. Some four percent of the MBA class of 2017 went into the real estate and construction fields. 

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Madison, Wisconsin 18 Followers 44 Discussions

The Wisconsin MBA in Real Estate prepares students for careers in a variety of subfields, including asset and portfolio management, lending and financing, and development. The school’s James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate puts on relevant events and helps MBA students land internships in the real estate field. Seventeen percent of the MBA class of 2017 went into the real estate industry - the highest rate of any school surveyed by FIND MBA.

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Ithaca, New York 71 Followers 124 Discussions
Cornell - Johnson

Cornell's Baker Program in Real Estate is similar to an MBA, with a specific industry focus. MBA students can choose from some real estate electives, or choose to pair their degree with an MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in Real Estate.

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Singapore, Singapore 62 Followers 151 Discussions

The school is one of the few in the region to offer a specialization in Real Estate. The finance-heavy curriculum focuses on the unique aspects of real estate investment and development in Asia.

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 29 Followers 151 Discussions
HKUST - Hong Kong Campus

Real estate represents a small but growing interest among HKUST students. MBA students and recent graduates can choose to pursue a five-month Global Real Estate Master program at the Wisconsin School of Business.

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Toronto, Canada 55 Followers 132 Discussions
York - Schulich

Schulich MBA students can opt to pursue the school’s specialization in Real Estate & Infrastructure, where they can learn about investing, financing capital projects, and leading infrastructure development. Some eight percent of 2016 Schulich MBAs went into the real estate field. The school also offers a Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure in 2017.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 35 Followers 90 Discussions
UNC - Kenan-Flagler

Through the Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, the school offers an MBA concentration in real estate as well as networking opportunities. Seven percent of the MBA class of 2015 went into real estate, an increase from previous years.

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