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Real Estate Studies: students learn ethical, professional leadership in real estate market analysis, development,  and management.

What are recent graduates doing now?

Ben Applebaum ’04, joined WelshInvest as an analyst in early 2004, underwriting potential transactions. He quickly assumed a more active role in real estate acquisitions as an associate. In 2007, Applebaum was promoted to his current position as vice president of acquisitions. Since joining the company, he has completed more than $700 million in acquisitions and assisted in the structuring of three private equity funds and several joint venture transactions. He also sources, structures, negotiates and closes real estate investment transactions.

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:

Internships. Internships are crucial to learning, and we encourage students to start working on obtaining an internship by their junior year. Numerous internship opportunities are available for students in the fields of appraisal, assessing, investment analysis, financial due diligence, rights of way agreement management, commercial brokerage and leasing, property development and project management.

Study abroad. Although we do not have a formal study abroad program, we recently initiated a new J-Term sequence for international real estate education. In 2007 we offered a course titled History of Real Estate Development, which was held in Italy and studied the progression of real estate development and planning on the Italian peninsula from 700 B.C.E to the present. In 2008 we will offer a course in George Town, Cayman Islands which will study the Ministry of Planning and Development’s regional development plan. Subsequent years will most likely see an alternating pattern between Europe and the Caribbean, as well as China and India as their real estate markets expand. Because we live in a “flat” world with international money financing worldwide real estate investment and development, students would be wise to take advantage of learning about real estate processes outside the United States.

Faculty at work

Students in real estate courses beyond Real Estate Principles conduct in-depth real estate studies. Faculty members who work directly with local real estate experts guide students in these projects, giving them the opportunity to produce a work product similar to what they will produce in their jobs after graduating. For example, students prepare an actual appraisal report in the Appraisal course, a development project plan in the Real Estate Development course and a property management plan in the Property Management course.

What jobs are possible with a Real Estate Studies major?

  • Bank manager
  • Operations manager
  • Personal/commercial lending officer
  • Credit analyst
  • Correspondent banking officer
  • Trust account administrator
  • Trust investment office
  • Bank president/VP
  • Treasurer
  • Financial service officer
  • Loan officer
  • Account executive
  • Financial planner
  • Sales broker
  • Mergers and acquisitions specialist
  • Market trader/specialist
  • Chief financial officer


  • Budget analyst
  • Accountant Investment analyst
  • Real estate developer
  • Project manager
  • Appraiser
  • Property assessor
  • Local government planner
  • Real estate leasing specialist
  • Real estate broker
  • Property manager
  • Loan officer
  • Financial due diligence specialist
  • Right of way agent
  • FBI agent
  • CIA agent
  • University professor
  • Teacher
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