Throughout your time in the Wisconsin MBA Program specialization in real estate, you will have the opportunity to complete relevant hands-on projects that will set you up for success upon graduation. In applied learning courses and events, you'll work with business leaders and peers to manage real assets and solve common real estate challenges. Below are a few examples of how you will gain the practical experience needed to build a career in real estate.

Manage a $1.5 Million Fund

The Applied Real Estate Investment Trust (AREIT) program allows real estate students the rare opportunity to manage a live real estate portfolio of publicly traded investments worth $1.5 million. Under the direction of an advisory board of real estate professionals, students conduct thorough research, create investment recommendations, and gain experience in the emerging capital markets associated with real estate assets. You will use the latest analytical and modeling programs to calculate rates of return, tax assessments, and future growth. Make real business decisions using ARGUS valuation software, and gain familiarity with real-time financial information from Bloomberg Professional, SNL Financial, and Real Capital Analytics. Experience in making strategic decisions with real assets and industry tools is key preparation for the next phase of your career.

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Develop a Global Perspective

The Wisconsin MBA Program in real estate is dedicated to providing students with experience in real estate both across the U.S. and internationally. Every year, MBA students attend in-depth study trips to emerging markets like Istanbul, Hong Kong, and São Paulo. Students conduct analyses on key industry players, legal structures, political environment, and the cultural differences of international investment. These immersive global tours put you in touch with major international firms in some of the fastest moving markets in the world.

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Experience the World of Real Estate

The Wisconsin MBA Program in real estate puts students in position to network, present, and hear the latest in foreign investment strategies at major industry conferences such as the Global Real Estate Conference at the New York Stock Exchange. In their second year, students in the real estate specialization experience foreign investment in an annual trip to Cannes, France for the four-day MIPIM international real estate conference, which gathers influential international property developers and investors from around the globe.

Learn by Doing

Distinguished professionals and alumni facilitate applied learning sessions on industry trends and practical strategies in modern real estate. In addition to featuring special lecturers, the real estate specialization in the Wisconsin MBA Program includes a capstone class designed to get you involved in a real industry project. Real estate students in the Wisconsin MBA Program recently worked with local community leaders on a development plan to sustainably renovate a historic train depot. Students submitted real proposals and gained valuable experience guiding a major development process from beginning to end, from composing a comprehensive plan to achieving municipal approval.

Students explore green development opportunities as part of the Real Estate MBA Program capstone class.

Rise to the Challenge

As a student in the Wisconsin MBA Program specialization in real estate, you will have the opportunity to participate in case competitions exploring a variety of real estate topics at universities across the country. These competitions enable you to collaborate with your fellow classmates and apply your knowledge to solve issues that industry professionals regularly face in a fun, fast-paced environment. Wisconsin MBA students routinely find success at events such as the UT-Austin National Real Estate Challenge and the MIT Real Estate Case Competition while competing against their peers from highly regarded schools such as Columbia, Berkeley, and Northwestern.

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Lead a Network of Your Peers

Real estate students in the Wisconsin MBA Program have the opportunity to lead one of the largest and most active student-run organizations on campus, the UW Real Estate Club. Leaders of the UW Real Estate Club make direct industry connections by organizing speaking engagements and educational trips for their fellow MBA and BBA students. During study trips to major U.S. cities, students meet with money managers, lenders, developers, investors, and alumni to gain firsthand insight into some of the nation's fastest growing real estate markets. The annual student-run Real Estate Club Career Fair brings more than 30 companies and hundreds of students together each spring, and is another key opportunity to hear from influential alumni and build leadership skills within an engaged community.

Fernando Escobar

“The Graaskamp Center's fall board events in New York City served as yet another reminder of why the Wisconsin MBA Program in real estate is a world-class program—it provided the opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the most talented and passionate leaders in the industry.”

—Fernando Escobar, MBA
Commercial Lender, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

Daniel Hanson

“Investing and managing real money in the Applied Real Estate Investment Track program was not only a tremendous learning opportunity, but this unique experience proved to be very valuable in my career search as well. The AREIT program differentiates Wisconsin from other schools, and provides students a ‘real-life’ opportunity to understand the relationship between public and private valuations in this unique industry.”

—Daniel Hanson, MBA
Principal and Vice President,
Mid-America Real Estate Group

Megan Clower

“The Wisconsin MBA Program in real estate taught me to how to build discounted cash flow models in Excel and Argus, and introduced me to an amazing network of real estate professionals that helped me with my internship and job search. This network continues to support me in my job.”

—Megan Clower, MBA
Senior Analyst, MetLife Investments

The Real Estate Experience

Every semester, real estate students receive hands-on training using advice from senior executives. These applied learning sessions prepare our graduates to tackle some of the industry's most pressing challenges.

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