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Mike Ratliff, Senior Associate Editor
The number of institutions offering real estate coursework and degrees continues to expand. This is likely due in part to the resurgence in hiring over the last couple of years as the commercial real estate industry seeks well-trained individuals to manage funds launched and properties acquired since the recession. Some well-known universities opted not to participate, but we received information on an impressive list of well-regarded real estate career tracks.
While costs vary—and so does the number of senior teaching faculty—we noticed an increase in programs adding real estate focus areas for their undergraduate students. Another promising piece of data was an 85 percent employment rate in the real estate industry for the class of 2013. This number would be even higher if not for students pursuing law school or additional advanced degrees.
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(The following noteworthy real estate programs declined to submit to our survey: Columbia University Business School; Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Real Estate Department.)