Gain expertise to lead in all facets of real estate

Established in 1920, the Wisconsin MBA Program in real estate at the Wisconsin School of Business was one of the first real estate programs in the nation. Today, the real estate specialization in the Wisconsin MBA Program offers an in-depth graduate education not found anywhere else. Supported by the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, the specialization features high-level coursework in real estate development, investment, and analysis, along with fundamental business courses. With a world-class program led by a network of industry leaders, a comprehensive curriculum, and a global perspective on management, our graduates have the foundation for a successful career in any area of real estate.

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Amber House 

“The greatest benefits I’ve gained from the Wisconsin MBA Program in real estate have been the quality of education and access to a powerful network of real estate practitioners. Wisconsin’s real estate program has prepared me to successfully reenter the industry as a trained commercial real estate professional, with the skill set to deliver an immediate value to my role within real estate investments.”

—Amber House, MBA
Associate, Northwestern Mutual Real Estate

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Experiences with Real Impact

In the Wisconsin MBA Program in real estate, you will have the opportunity to manage a 1.5 million dollar real estate investment trust (REIT) using the most common industry software and data. In addition, you will gain an international perspective on real estate markets through annual global study trips and international conferences such as AFIRE and the Global Real Estate Conference in Cannes, France. The Wisconsin Real Estate Club also visits successful firms across the country where you can learn from industry professionals and our extensive alumni network. Hands-on experience with the latest tools in real estate investment, along with an understanding of markets across the globe, will give you a competitive edge in the workplace.

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Fast-Track Your Career

Supported by our extensive alumni network, students in the real estate specialization find a wealth of opportunity upon graduation, accepting positions as REIT analysts, vice presidents, and acquisition directors at a median salary just under six figures. These and other roles span many different industries such as banking, loan mortgaging, and investment management at some of the top firms across the nation, including Freddie Mac, U.S. Bank, Starbucks Corporation, and many others.

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Gain a Global Network

An extensive network of industry professionals and alumni awaits real estate students at the Wisconsin School of Business. The advisory board for the Wisconsin MBA Program specialization in real estate is comprised of senior executives involved in asset management, corporate real estate, and acquisitions across the globe; these industry leaders are personally involved in your growth as a real estate professional. You will be immersed in global network experiences through events such as the Global Real Estate Markets (GREM) Conference in New York and the MIPIM Real Estate Conference in Cannes, France. Our global network of engaged industry leaders will provide the mentorship you need to join them at multinational firms upon graduation.

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A Specialized Curriculum

Real estate is a diverse field, encompassing everything from management to development to investment. The Wisconsin MBA Program specialization in real estate has the range of focused classes and experienced faculty to help achieve your career goals.

In addition to a robust foundation in general management, courses in real estate law, valuation, software analysis, and economics give our graduates the breadth of knowledge to make the right decisions in a demanding market.

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The Real Estate Experience

“The real estate finance and equity investments classes have helped me immensely, given my previous lack of experience on the debt side of the business. I was able to hit the ground running and provide valuable insights immediately with my understanding of debt basics."

—Jonathan Brown, MBA

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Real Estate Specialization Quick Guide

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