The real estate industry plays an important role in the global economy, and has become a sophisticated and lucrative asset class in its own right. In the US alone, the sector supports 8 million jobs and contributes about $1 trillion to national GDP.
The demand for trained real estate professionals is already strong, and is likely to grow. That’s because investment and development opportunities are expecting, because of changes in the global population, demographics, working practices and lifestyles. Real estate is driving innovation across society.
It’s also a highly lucrative sector, with graduates who go on to work in real estate investment management expected to earn at least $70,000 in starting salary. The courses below act as a gateway to a career in real estate, which is one of the most diverse, fascinating and dynamic asset classes.
The Wisconsin School of Business in the US offers the MS in Real Estate. Students learn from experts at the school’s James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, which is globally recognized and with connections all around the world. On the MS degree, students learn how to handle the complexities of commercial real estate transactions, including finance, development, urban planning, valuation, and brokerage.View School Profile
Warrington College of Business runs the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE), which is delivered over 10 months in Gainesville, Florida. The program’s activities are supported by the Bergstrom Real Estate Center, which fosters professional relationships through conferences and more. Each MSRE student is paired with several professional members, who are members of the UF Real Estate Advisory Board.View School Profile
The 12-month MS in Real Estate (MSRE) program at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School develops a broader, fundamental understanding of real estate finance, development, and asset management. Students apply learning in the real-world on client-based projects, acting as a business consultant and working alongside executives at renowned financial institutions. In addition, graduates can waive certain courses to earn professional designations such as Certified Commercial Investment (CCIM) membership.View School Profile
The Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) program at Florida International University is the largest real estate program in the state, and is taught by some of the country’s leading real estate experts. The curriculum helps develop real-world knowledge in valuation, investment analysis, real estate markets, performance measurement, corporate asset management, financing techniques, law, technology and accounting.View School Profile
The MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance program is delivered by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The course integrates current economic and financial analysis and research with an applied study of real estate markets. Students benefit from the program’s partnership with the Investment Property Forum (IPF), including fast-track membership to the professional body. In addition, LSE has an agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), giving the MSc degree professional recognition.View School Profile
Students at Alliance Manchester Business School gain in-depth knowledge of real estate from investor, developer, occupier and society perspectives through the MSc Real Estate Development program. Manchester, in the UK, was the world’s first industrial city, and is still home to many exciting large-scale development and investment projects. Students blend theory and practice and identify the real-life challenges facing the global real estate industry.View School Profile
The Real Estate MSc course at Bayes business School (formerly Cass) has a strong track record, having been established 20 years ago and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Students are taught by highly qualified and experienced real estate staff, as well as industry professionals from London’s quality talent pool. Students have the opportunity to network in the city, which is a global real estate hub.View School Profile
Students on the MSc in Real Estate at ESCP Business School study in both London and Madrid. Field trips to other major European capitals are part of the program, which helps students build an international network. The degree is taught by renowned real estate professors and executives, who combine theory with real-world applicability.View School Profile
The UK’s Henley Business School runs a RICS-accredited Masters in Real Estate degree that prepares students for a wide range of careers in the global real estate sector. Henley is the largest school in the UK for teaching and research in real estate. Students experience practical learning through case studies, field trips and an industry challenge. They are also paired up with a real estate executive through a mentoring scheme of the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF).View School Profile
The University of San Diego’s Knauss School of Business runs a Master’s in Real Estate degree program. Participants study the stages involved in developing commercial real estate, including land acquisition, property valuation, financing, marketing and leasing strategies. The real estate professors also teach financial modeling, in order to train students for the industry’s most sought-after professional designations, including ARGUS, LEED and CCIM.View School Profile