Top Online Real Estate Development Schools

Learn about real estate development schools, most of which only offer campus-based programs. See how to choose the right school and program for you. Get an overview of three schools, the programs they offer and the distinctions they hold. Schools offering Real Estate degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a Top School with a Real Estate Development Program?

You can generally find real estate programs in schools' business or planning and development departments. Online real estate programs are very rare, so this article focuses on standard campus-based programs.

Top schools with real estate programs often have faculty members with several years of experience in real estate, along with adjunct faculty who can lend experience in areas, such as law, construction, conservation and appraisal. Look for real estate development programs with internship or mentorship opportunities that provide practical experience.

Top schools offering real estate programs should also have a proven track record of employment placements with detailed information on possible positions and salaries. Many schools publish a resume book, which is distributed to notable real estate companies and organizations with resumes of undergraduate and graduate students seeking employment in the field. To offer another outlet for learning, many top schools have student-run real estate clubs or associations where they can learn from each other and develop business skills.

What Are the Top Three Schools for Real Estate Development Majors?

University of Georgia in Athens, GA

Established in the 1960's, the Terry College of Business's real estate program at the University of Georgia offers over 150 undergraduate programs for real estate students. Recently, the school was listed fourth in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 Best Colleges rankings of undergraduate real estate programs. The school's real estate internship program averages approximately 70 student placements annually. To assist graduates in their employment efforts, Terry College of Business produces a resume book filled with profiles of each of their graduates, which is sent to more than 450 companies.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate
  • Master of Business Administration in Real Estate
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Real Estate

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania's The Wharton School is currently ranked number one on U.S. News and World Report's 2016 list of best undergraduate business degree programs specializing in real estate. Since 1985, Wharton has offered real estate as a concentration for undergraduate business students with emphasis on real estate development, investments and finance. As a top school, the University of Pennsylvania has a wealth of extracurricular opportunities for real estate students including an annual commercial real estate software training session and an executive luncheon where students can network with industry professionals.

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics-Real Estate
  • Master of Business Administration-Real Estate
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Economics

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California (USC) has approximately 35,000 students and a number of award-winning faculty members. USC is currently tied in fifth place with the University of Connecticut on the 2016 rankings of best undergraduate business specialties in real estate by U.S. News and World Report. At this top school, you have multiple degree options in real estate through USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate and School of Public Policy, Management and Planning. Over 70 companies participate in the Lusk Center for Real Estate's annual industry night for real estate students, which provide networking opportunities with professionals from many real estate sectors.

  • B.S. in Business Administration-Real Estate Finance
  • B.S. in Business Administration-Real Estate Development
  • B.S. in Business Administration-Real Estate and Construction Management
  • Master of Real Estate Development (MRED)
  • MBA-Real Estate
  • MBA/MRED (dual degree)
  • MBA/Master of Planning (dual degree)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Real Estate

Ten Top Schools with a Real Estate Development Program

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
University of California - Berkeley4-year, PublicBerkeley, CA
University of Wisconsin4-year, PublicMadison, WI
New York University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY
University of Florida4-year, PublicGainesville, FL
University of Texas - Austin4-year, PublicAustin, TX
Marquette University4-year, PrivateMilwaukee, WI
Florida State University4-year, PublicTallahassee, FL
University of Illinois - Chicago4-year, PublicChicago, IL
Cornell University4-year, PrivateIthaca, NY
University of Connecticut4-year, PublicStorrs, CT

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