Brandeis International Business School

Real Estate Finance

The MA concentration in Real Estate Finance provides the analytic skills and quantitative tools needed to scale their careers in real estate acquisitions, development, portfolio management, credit risk analysis, property management, emerging markets, leasing and urban planning. The curriculum also includes credit risk analysis, marketing management and more

Careers in Real Estate Finance

Students in this concentration land jobs in acquisitions, development, investment and market research, asset and portfolio management, finance and capital markets as well as property management, leasing and urban planning. Employers have included AEW Capital Management, CoStar Portfolio Strategy, Cushman and Wakefield, Forest Properties, JP Morgan, Walker & Dunlop and other leading firms.

Gaohan "Zack" Zhang

Gaohan "Zack" Zhang

Country Garden Group

Associate Director of Overseas Finance Department

Johanna Silverio

Johanna Silverio

Boston Financial Investment Management

Senior Associate, Asset Management

Faculty Spotlight: Shaw Lupton

Adjunct Professor Shaw Lupton is a senior managing consultant with CoStar Portfolio Strategy, a top advisor to financial institutions with holdings in commercial real estate.

His work spans property sectors and investment styles, and includes responsibility for a book of consulting business comprising  debt and equity investors (domestic and foreign, public and private) with over $82 billion in commercial real estate capital at risk. He is a regular panelist on CoStar’s “State of the U.S. Market” webinars.

Concentration Requirements

The MA concentration in Real Estate Finance requires the completion of 18 credits.

Group 1: Required Courses (6 credits)
  • BUS 235f: Real Estate Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • FIN 225f: Real Estate Finance (2 credits)
  • FIN 242f: Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
Group 2: International Real Estate (2 credits)
  • BUS 236f: International Real Estate in Emerging Markets (2 credits)
  • BUS 237f: International Real Estate in Mature Markets (2 credits)
Group 3: Electives (10 credits)
  • BUS 211f: Big Data I (2 credits)
  • BUS 212a: Big Data II (4 credits)
  • BUS 252a: Marketing Management (4 credits)
  • FIN 216f: Financial Statement Analysis (2 credits)
  • FIN 225f: Real Estate Capital Markets (2 credits)
  • FIN 244f: Credit Risk Analysis II (2 credits)
  • FIN 261a: Fixed Income Securities (4 credits)

Or any course from groups 1 and 2 not taken to satisfy those requirements

Capstone (4 credits)
  • BUS 295a: Consulting Project in Real Estate (4 credits)


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