Masters in Real Estate or an MBA Concentrated in Real Estate?

April 24, 2013

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The world of real estate is complex and dynamic. With today’s emphasis on going green, it’s more important than ever to have real estate professionals who focus on using land responsibly while also protecting the planet’s limited natural resources. For those professionals wanting to be the best they can be in the real estate world, the key may be obtaining a Masters in Real Estate or an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate.

A Masters in Real Estate is a degree program designed for those people wanting to develop and manage properties as well as buy, sell and appraise both residential and commercial properties. Students are instructed in such topics as:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Marketing
  • Property Inspection
  • Property Management
  • Appraisal
  • Real Estate Investments

Commercial real estate is currently seeing a revival, and students in a masters program learn a great deal about the specifics of leasing commercial space as well as other forms of rental properties. Most programs can be completed within two years of full-time study, and are designed for those professionals in the beginning stages of their careers.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Students who graduate with this degree can look forward to employment with a variety of companies including:

  • Mortgage underwriters
  • Banks
  • Consulting firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Accounting firms
  • Real estate development firms

These degrees usually combine teaching the technical and business skills needed for success in real estate. Students learn a variety of skills needed for success as real estate professionals including:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Evaluation and Analysis skills
  • Financial and Quantitative skills
  • GIS and other technology skills

Students interested in pursuing this degree can find it offered at many schools throughout the country including George Mason University, the University of Florida, Texas A&M University, University of Denver and the University of Cincinnati. This gives students the chance to earn their degree in locations where the real estate market is thriving, enabling them to put their skills to the test in dynamic environments. Most programs have faculty who have many years of real estate experience as agents, brokers and developers in markets throughout the country.

Whether a student is seeking career advancement, a career change or wanting to assume a leadership role within a company, earning a Masters in Real Estate is a decision that can lead to a wide range of career options.

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About Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Management. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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3 Responses to “Masters in Real Estate or an MBA Concentrated in Real Estate?”

  1. Steve Olson Says:

    I majored in mass communication and music education in college. After college when I was in advertising I made the switch to real estate and never looked back! I love it! I do residential but the commercial market is heating back up now as well!

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  2. AgentCampus.com Says:

    There’s a lot that you can learn from both. I would suggest that one should first take an MBA before taking and learning RE. It takes time to finish MBA, but while studying, you can still pursue a part time career in real estate to help you understand and master the market as well.

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  3. Steve Says:

    A Masters in Real Estate is a degree program designed for those people wanting to develop and manage properties as well as buy, sell and appraise both residential and commercial properties.

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