Real Estate Finance

The goal of the real estate concentration is to prepare undergraduate students for careers as professionals in real estate and related industries.

As of January 2020, according to Zillow, the total value of every home in the U.S. is $33.6 trillion, which is significantly higher than the annual U.S. GDP of $20.5 trillion. The real estate profession is a multi-disciplinary: it requires knowledge of architecture, construction, law, finance, marketing, property management, and urban dynamics. Students need to be goal-oriented, persevering, self-motivated, and possess an entrepreneurial spirit. They must be creative and able to research, analyze, negotiate, and pay attention to details. The real estate concentration is composed of a carefully curated set of required and elective courses, leading to a hands-on, balanced and interdisciplinary approach.

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*If you are on the 19-20 or 20-21 catalogs and wish to find a substitution for BUS 435, please see chart at the bottom of the page for allowable substitutions.
**If you do not meet the pre-requisite of BUS 434 for BUS 435, please contact Professor Patel.

Senior Project Options

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Strongly Recommended Minors

With a career in Real Estate, you will frequently work with architects, project managers, city planners, etc. That is, real estate is cross-collaborative and one needs to be jack of all trades to be successful. Consequently, the additional knowledge via a minor is recommended.

All Real Estate Finance Concentration students should:

  • Schedule a meeting with Professor Pratish Patel ( about a minor
  • Recommended minors are:
  • Please note that some of these minor course requirements may double-count with some major/concentration course requirements, making a minor highly feasible. If you have any questions about fitting in a minor, please contact OCOB Student Services.
  • If you are not planning to declare a minor, please contact Professor Patel and ensure that you have a reasonable argument.