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Wharton's Real Estate Department seeks to produce sophisticated professionals with the necessary skills to succeed in the business world but who also have a broader perspective on the issues involved in creating and maintaining living and working environments. Relevant issues that department faculty examine include finance, investments, production, operations, development law, design, environmental remediation, public policy, economic market analysis, and architecture.

U.S. News and World Report has repeatedly ranked Wharton's real estate MBA program as the top in the nation.

Core Focus

Undergraduate Program
MBA Program
Doctoral Programs

Program Highlights

Required courses focus on real estate law, finance, and development, while electives allow students to explore a variety of issues related to the industry. The department has developed curricula at the undergraduate and master's levels that thoroughly explore important areas of the practice of real estate and expose students to the frontiers of research.

Core Focus

BA in Business with a Real Estate Concentration
MBA with Real Estate Concentration

Program Highlights

Before declaring a concentration at the beginning of their junior year, Wharton undergraduates have built foundations in both business and liberal arts education. The real estate concentration combines and develops the business, analytical, and communication skills students have gained during their first two years at Wharton. The results are students possessing the skills required to enter the business world, as well as an unusual sensitivity to the larger issues involved in creating and maintaining working and living environments.

The Wharton School has offered a real estate concentration for MBA students and undergraduates since 1985. The concentration has grown and developed both in size and scope.

The concentration consists of two required credit units and three electives. While the required courses focus on real estate development, and finance, the electives allow students to explore a variety of issues related to real estate. These include real estate economics, urban fiscal policy, real estate law, housing markets, the relationship between government policy and private development and international real estate markets.

The real estate concentration prepares students to be leaders in the real estate industry and provides the quantitative and qualitative tools necessary for their roles in shaping the future of the industry. To keep students informed of current issues in Real Estate, the Real Estate Department and Samuel Zell & Robert Lurie Real Estate Center sponsors conferences, seminars, and special programs on vital public policy issues relevant to the field.


*This information is based on the school's 2017/2018 program and may not reflect changes, updates or deletions to the programs.