The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business was created to support students in our real estate programs by fostering excellence in real estate education, research, and outreach. The curriculum is distinguished by its hands-on approach to learning, including a one-of-a-kind, student-managed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) fund, premier real estate conferences, and case competitions. Our students benefit from access to industry leaders and an extensive global alumni network for learning and professional growth. Scholarships and fellowships are available to qualified students, along with occasional opportunities to work on consulting projects with faculty.

The Center’s strong connection to the real estate industry thrives through its active advisory board and passionate global alumni network with over 1800 members, who often serve as mentors to our students and guest lecturers in the classroom. Center events bring students, faculty, and industry leaders together for lively discussions on real estate trends and premier networking. From hands-on learning projects to recruiting, we invite you to get involved and look forward to collaborating.

Inspired by the late Professor James A. Graaskamp, a true pioneer in real estate education, we pride ourselves on academic excellence, a commitment to ethics, and real-world experiences for our students.

Programs We Support

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Undergraduate Program

#2 in the U.S. (#1 among public universities) for undergraduate real estate programs
—U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Real estate majors learn to appraise property values, oversee development programs, manage properties, and plan and regulate communities.

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MS in Real Estate

Enhance your education with this one-year program’s emphasis on commercial real estate skills.

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MBA Specialization in Real Estate

The specialization features high-level coursework in real estate development, investment, and analysis, along with fundamental business courses.

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Global Real Estate Master (MS)

Designed specifically for non-U.S. graduate-level students and alumni, this program blends rigorous classroom instruction with interactive learning experiences outside the classroom.

Industry and Alumni Engagement

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Hire Our Students

Our students have access to employers across the country via relationships cultivated by our Center and career services offices.

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Alumni and Friends

With one of the industry’s most engaged alumni networks, you will connect with over 2,000 alumni. The generous support of alumni, industry partners, and other friends is vital to the Graaskamp Center as we prepare the new generation of real estate leaders.

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Advisory Board

The Graaskamp Center’s advisory board gives students direct access to senior real estate executives and is a hub of critical information-sharing and networking for our members.

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Current BBA students learn from industry leaders, gain leadership skills, and network with alumni.

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News and Events

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Real Estate News

Read the latest about what’s happening with our students, faculty, and alumni.

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Upcoming Events

Our events and conferences bring together industry leaders for lively discussions and premier networking.

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Accomplished faculty and lecturers with substantial industry experience work together, delivering a curriculum that integrates proven theory and application.

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For over 100 years, the Graaskamp Center has been known for a rich tradition of leadership in real estate education and research.

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