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Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2007, 20:10
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After searching the forums/search engines for quite some time, one thing I haven't been able to find is a break down of which schools are regarded as having the strongest real estate MBA programs. I saw on Haas' website they stated having one of the top 3 real estate programs in the country. Does anyone know which schools are known to be strong in real estate? Or, does anyone know where a discussion of this topic can be found? Thanks, as always.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2007, 01:16
USC and UCLA have really strong real estate programs
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2007, 07:36
Wharton, NYU, Columbia, Haas, UNC, Duke and Yale are all strong when it comes to real estate programs and placement. I am studying real estate while getting my MBA and these are the best schools I have found.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2007, 08:47
Add Cornell if you're interested in the hotel industry real estate development.
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Great! Thanks for the help. UNC, Duke, and Haas are all on my short list. Does anyone know anything about real estate at Kellogg?
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 07:23
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Wharton, NYU, Columbia, Haas, UNC, Duke and Yale are all strong when it comes to real estate programs and placement. I am studying real estate while getting my MBA and these are the best schools I have found.


I have reviewed most of the programs, and am applying to Haas, Columbia, Wharton, and UNC. I am also applying to UT-Austin. However, where does Duke compare to these real estate programs. I looked through their curriculum yesterday (for about an hour) and I could only find one class that focused on real estate. Surprisingly, this class was an elective in the entrepreneurship concentration, but I couldn't find any more classes that were similar. Any thoughts or information you can add? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 08:27
I think UT-Austin too has a good real estate program.
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 08:40
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I have reviewed most of the programs, and am applying to Haas, Columbia, Wharton, and UNC. I am also applying to UT-Austin. However, where does Duke compare to these real estate programs. I looked through their curriculum yesterday (for about an hour) and I could only find one class that focused on real estate. Surprisingly, this class was an elective in the entrepreneurship concentration, but I couldn't find any more classes that were similar. Any thoughts or information you can add? Thanks in advance.


Hey drew,

I went through this a couple years ago as you can see above. I applied to Duke but preferred UNC because I could tell Duke was not emphasizing real estate. Of course, I wound up at Cornell doing this dual-degree, MBA and Master in Real Estate program. Happy to answer any questions as you go along.
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 17:07
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Wharton, NYU, Columbia, Haas, UNC, Duke and Yale are all strong when it comes to real estate programs and placement. I am studying real estate while getting my MBA and these are the best schools I have found.


I have reviewed most of the programs, and am applying to Haas, Columbia, Wharton, and UNC. I am also applying to UT-Austin. However, where does Duke compare to these real estate programs. I looked through their curriculum yesterday (for about an hour) and I could only find one class that focused on real estate. Surprisingly, this class was an elective in the entrepreneurship concentration, but I couldn't find any more classes that were similar. Any thoughts or information you can add? Thanks in advance.



Drew: I actually had some exposure to Cornell's RE program as an undergraduate. I would ask classmates about master's programs and one that came up was USC. Personally, I like the curriculum. However, I must say that Cornell's reputation and network is truly global.
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 17:43
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lanter1 wrote:
Wharton, NYU, Columbia, Haas, UNC, Duke and Yale are all strong when it comes to real estate programs and placement. I am studying real estate while getting my MBA and these are the best schools I have found.


I have reviewed most of the programs, and am applying to Haas, Columbia, Wharton, and UNC. I am also applying to UT-Austin. However, where does Duke compare to these real estate programs. I looked through their curriculum yesterday (for about an hour) and I could only find one class that focused on real estate. Surprisingly, this class was an elective in the entrepreneurship concentration, but I couldn't find any more classes that were similar. Any thoughts or information you can add? Thanks in advance.



Drew: I actually had some exposure to Cornell's RE program as an undergraduate. I would ask classmates about master's programs and one that came up was USC. Personally, I like the curriculum. However, I must say that Cornell's reputation and network is truly global.


I decided to expand my search to 6 schools. UNC, UT-Austin, Haas, Columbia, Wharton, and now Fuqua.

From what I have been told, UNC and UT-Austin should be "safe schools" (though I believe numerous gmatclubber testimonials will tell you otherwise), and that Columbia and Wharton are fair reach schools for me. That left me with one "competitive" school, Haas (though their stats are on steroids and might as well be considered a reach). As a result, this left me looking for another "competitive" (8-15 range) range school to compliment Haas. As I reviewed the choices within the group, I decided I didn't want to use both competitive apps on west coast schools, nor did I want to go to a program that far north (Cornell and Ross). Thus, I was left with UVA, Stern, and Fuqua. I've been to Charlottesville multiple times as I'm from DC, and am not interested in living in there, and at this point in time, I'm not sure if I have enough time to thoroughly engage Sterns application because it is focused on "what steps have you taken to learn about the program." As a result, I'm left with Fuqua.

Side note: I went to the Fuqua info session in Washington DC and I met an alum who is in real estate development, which is ultimately what I want to get into. He told me that while not too common, Fuqua students can actually take courses at Carolina and vice versa (anyone attest to this?). Thus, I figure I can supplement the Fuqua cirriculum with real estate courses from UNC if need be. Also, to further drive home my decision to apply, when I told him I wanted to switch over to the other side of the table from Architecture, my current field in which I am unfortunately unemployed, to development he gave me his card and we have e-mailed back and forth about hiring me in some capacity. I'm supposed to meet with him after the New Year to discuss.
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 21:13
Hey PaulK, I'm a grad student in the city planning program at Cornell. I came from a real estate background and decided to do the MRP (Master of Regional Planning) over Real Estate mainly because I don't think I'd ever met anyone in the industry who had an MPRE/MRED etc. All the project managers, land acquisition guys, and some of the vice presidents had their master in urban planning (if not an MBA). It just seemed more traditional. Nevertheless, I am applying to the MBA program for fall 2010 matriculation.

What do you think of the real estate program at Cornell? What do you think of the people? Would you do the dual degree if you had to do it over again? Last semester half my classes were with the real estate folks, so I've been able to develop my own opinions...but I'm just curious as to what you think.

Edit: Also, what you think of the RE program as a stand alone degree as opposed to a supplement to the MBA?

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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 21:16
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lanter1 wrote:
Wharton, NYU, Columbia, Haas, UNC, Duke and Yale are all strong when it comes to real estate programs and placement. I am studying real estate while getting my MBA and these are the best schools I have found.


I have reviewed most of the programs, and am applying to Haas, Columbia, Wharton, and UNC. I am also applying to UT-Austin. However, where does Duke compare to these real estate programs. I looked through their curriculum yesterday (for about an hour) and I could only find one class that focused on real estate. Surprisingly, this class was an elective in the entrepreneurship concentration, but I couldn't find any more classes that were similar. Any thoughts or information you can add? Thanks in advance.


I decided to expand my search to 6 schools. UNC, UT-Austin, Haas, Columbia, Wharton, and now Fuqua.

From what I have been told, UNC and UT-Austin should be "safe schools" (though I believe numerous gmatclubber testimonials will tell you otherwise), and that Columbia and Wharton are fair reach schools for me. That left me with one "competitive" school, Haas (though their stats are on steroids and might as well be considered a reach). As a result, this left me looking for another "competitive" (8-15 range) range school to compliment Haas. As I reviewed the choices within the group, I decided I didn't want to use both competitive apps on west coast schools, nor did I want to go to a program that far north (Cornell and Ross). Thus, I was left with UVA, Stern, and Fuqua. I've been to Charlottesville multiple times as I'm from DC, and am not interested in living in there, and at this point in time, I'm not sure if I have enough time to thoroughly engage Sterns application because it is focused on "what steps have you taken to learn about the program." As a result, I'm left with Fuqua.

Side note: I went to the Fuqua info session in Washington DC and I met an alum who is in real estate development, which is ultimately what I want to get into. He told me that while not too common, Fuqua students can actually take courses at Carolina and vice versa (anyone attest to this?). Thus, I figure I can supplement the Fuqua cirriculum with real estate courses from UNC if need be. Also, to further drive home my decision to apply, when I told him I wanted to switch over to the other side of the table from Architecture, my current field in which I am unfortunately unemployed, to development he gave me his card and we have e-mailed back and forth about hiring me in some capacity. I'm supposed to meet with him after the New Year to discuss.[/quote]

Sounds good. I don't think you should worry about the reach schools. My background's in urban planning/studies and I have quite a number of friends with architecture backgrounds. You'll be very appealing to both schools and future employers as someone who understands design and business. Be confident. Other than that, I'd encourage you to see if your schools have connections to developers that interest you. For instance, Cornell definitely has ties to Toll Brothers. Stern might have ties to Related Companies. Also check out the ULI Real Estate Career book. It provides a good overview of the industry and potential paths. http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Track-Care ... 978&sr=8-1
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 21:20
Drew: You should also check out your schools' performances in the ULI Hines Student Design Competition. Some schools are strong year after year and others struggle year after year. http://www.udcompetition.uli.org/
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 21:35
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Drew: You should also check out your schools' performances in the ULI Hines Student Design Competition. Some schools are strong year after year and others struggle year after year. http://www.udcompetition.uli.org/


Gottabwise,

Thanks for the link. At GaTech I took a development class that had people from the business and building construction schools, in addition to architecture students, and our professor showed us the schemes for this same competition. Being that this class was taught through the architecture school, many of us were rather disgusted by the designs, but then again, we had no comprehension of what any of the #'s meant.

At the end of the semester we had to design our own developments, and though I had to finance guys with me on our project, I still had little idea what the numbers meant relative to other designs. That being said it was a fun experience.

In reference to your other post, I went to a ULI presentation on Careers in Real Estate, but because I didn't register prior I was told they were going to mail me a copy of the book via mail. That was a long time ago and it never came. Oh well.
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 17:48
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Drew: You should also check out your schools' performances in the ULI Hines Student Design Competition. Some schools are strong year after year and others struggle year after year. http://www.udcompetition.uli.org/


Gottabwise,

Thanks for the link. At GaTech I took a development class that had people from the business and building construction schools, in addition to architecture students, and our professor showed us the schemes for this same competition. Being that this class was taught through the architecture school, many of us were rather disgusted by the designs, but then again, we had no comprehension of what any of the #'s meant.

At the end of the semester we had to design our own developments, and though I had to finance guys with me on our project, I still had little idea what the numbers meant relative to other designs. That being said it was a fun experience.

In reference to your other post, I went to a ULI presentation on Careers in Real Estate, but because I didn't register prior I was told they were going to mail me a copy of the book via mail. That was a long time ago and it never came. Oh well.


I once aspired to have a career in development and can identify with your GATech experience ("no comprehension of what the #'s meant). That can be frustrating which is why I'm looking forward to business school. I also intend to get more quant exposure beforehand.

Regarding the ULI book, check out the table of contents online to see if it's something you'd like to still get. You also might be able to find it a local library.
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Re: Strong real estate programs? [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2011, 21:58
Any thoughts on the MRED program at Portland State Univ?

They have a strong urban planning school from what I read in the forums, but no mention abt its MRED program.
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