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Real Estate: Opportunities in Finance, Development and More

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Real estate, the largest asset class in the world, yields a wide range of opportunities in development, finance and marketing.

The MBA Real Estate concentration can be completed with a minimum of 20 credits. Students who declare this concentration often go on to land jobs in the areas of capital markets, financial analysis, development, market research and leasing, and urban planning.

Careers in Real Estate

The skills and experiences acquired in this concentration have proven to benefit students who embark on careers that require a broad understanding of real estate, including capital markets, financial analysis, development, market research and leasing, and urban planning. Employers have included Jones Lang LaSalle, National Development, Citigroup, Apartment Realty Advisors, and Cushman and Wakefield, among other leading companies in the industry. 

"At my company, our team of economists, strategists, and forecasters are often asked to work across multicultural teams on data-driven solutions to complex questions. It’s not easy to find candidates who thrive in those situations, but Brandeis IBS seems to attract – and foster – such students. This concentration provides a strong foundation in commercial real estate finance, development, and market research, and these are precisely the skills needed to break into today’s highly competitive job market."

-Shaw Lupton, MA '05, Brandeis IBS Professor and Senior Real Estate Economist, PPR (A CoStar Company)

Johanna Silverio '07, MA '08, MBA '11

Three Brandeis degrees for one accomplished alumna

Johanna Silverio, BA/MA '08, MBA '11

Among Brandeis alumni, Johanna Silverio has a rare distinction: she holds not one, not two, but three degrees from the University—including an MA and MBA from Brandeis International Business School (IBS).

Pia Layon, MBA '10

"Having an Open Mind is the Way to Find the Right Opportunity"

Pia Layon, MBA '10

Pia Layon was looking for a global graduate program that would implement her quantitative skills in a new way when she arrived at Brandeis IBS. Since then, she’s worked in retail, digital marketing, real estate and finance.

Concentration Requirements

The MBA Concentration in Real Estate is completed through 20 credits of courses. These credits may also be counted toward fulfilment of other Concentrations or of the MBA core requirements. Excess credits in Foundation courses are counted toward the Electives requirement. 

Foundation (10 credits required)

BUS 235f Real Estate Fundamentals 
FIN 225f Real Estate Finance 
FIN 242f Credit Risk Analysis I 
BUS 293a (*) Consulting Field Projects in Real Estate 
BUS 295c (*) Consulting Field Projects in Social Impact Organizations (RE project)

Elective Courses (10 credits required)

BUS 211f Analyzing Big Data I
BUS 212a Analyzing Big Data II
BUS 226f Real Estate Capital Markets
BUS 236f Int'l Real Estate in Emerging Markets
BUS 237f Int'l Real Estate in Mature Markets
BUS 253a Marketing Research
FIN 244f Credit Risk Analysis II
FIN 261a Fixed Income Securities

(*) Bus 293a and Bus 295c are Field Projects courses – only one can be counted toward this Concentration.

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty consists of a former Chief Credit Officer of a multinational bank, a Senior Real Estate Economist, a regional developer of retail and multifamily housing, a seasoned investment professional and more.