Top Business Schools for Real Estate 2019

Why pursue an MBA in Real Estate? Even post-housing bubble, the US real estate industry still pulls in over $400 billion in revenue each year, according to some estimates. Additionally, real estate markets in India, China, and other countries are still emerging.

Because of this growth, opportunities are bountiful for students who pursue MBAs in Real Estate.

To tap into these opportunities, some business schools offer specialized MBAs 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 real estate jobs can range from a corporate real estate broker to a property investment executive.

Los Angeles, California 78 Followers 136 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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Houston, Texas 19 Followers 36 Discussions
Rice - Jones

Jones’ MBA concentration in Real Estate gives students a robust understanding of an industry in flux. Students can also take advantage of a Real Estate Club during their MBA, which puts on a speaker series and related events. 

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Washington, District of Columbia 32 Followers 67 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. 

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Madison, Wisconsin 18 Followers 46 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. In recent years, upwards of seventeen percent of the school's MBA class of 2018 went into the real estate industry.

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Ithaca, New York 78 Followers 127 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 70 Followers 153 Discussions

The school is one of the few in the region to offer an MBA 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) 30 Followers 196 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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Williamsburg, Virginia 8 Followers 32 Discussions

Although the school does not offer an MBA specialization in Real Estate, that hasn’t stopped graduates from going into the field: some four percent of 2018 MBA graduates went into real estate roles, according to the school. MBA students can also take advantage of a Real Estate Club, which aims to expose members to topics in the industry and provides networking opportunities.

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Toronto, Canada 70 Followers 104 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 five percent of 2018 Schulich MBAs went into the real estate field. The school also offers a Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 35 Followers 92 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. Eleven percent of the MBA class of 2018 went into real estate, an increase from previous years.

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