Top Business Schools for Real Estate 2020

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.

See below for the 10 best MBA programs in Real Estate.

Los Angeles, California 79 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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Irvine, California 38 Followers 39 Discussions
UC Irvine - Merage

Through working groups and research, the school’s Center for Real Estate takes a critical look at the industry. Students at the school can pursue an MBA Certificate in Real Estate and Urban Development, which includes courses in capital markets, international real estate, the development process, and more. 

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Washington, District of Columbia 32 Followers 61 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 45 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 has gone into the real estate industry.

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Ithaca, New York 79 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 75 Followers 154 Discussions
NUS

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 155 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 69 Followers 104 Discussions

Real estate is major industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and Rotman is tapping into this with its Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics, which looks at housing markets, commercial real estate, and more. Rotman MBA students can pursue a major in Real Estate; three percent of the most recent MBA class landed jobs in the real estate industry. 

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Dallas, Texas 13 Followers 42 Discussions
SMU - Cox

Since 1984, the school has hosted the Folsom Institute for Real Estate, through which students can gain hands-on experience in the Dallas real estate market. Students can pursue a concentration in real estate as part of the school’s MBA program; almost one-fifth of the most recent MBA class went into the real estate industry. 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 37 Followers 74 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. Twelve percent of the MBA class of 2019 went into real estate, an increase from previous years.

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