Full-Time MBA Program

Real Estate

Berkeley-Haas is consistently ranked among the nation's best schools at which to study real estate, supported by the research and resources of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics and its strong partnerships within the real estate community.

With its rigorous and challenging curriculum and award-winning faculty, the program combines a strong analytical focus with hands-on field experience. Students have access to leading industry speakers and professional faculty, and participate in real-world case studies, class projects, and competitions.

Berkeley MBA Coursework in Real Estate

Master the management, development, and financing of real estate, and take courses from related fields, such as architecture, law, public policy, and city planning.

Real estate courses in the Berkeley MBA Program focus on four areas:

  • Financial analysis
  • Finance and securitization
  • Development
  • Investment strategy

Additionally, students in the Full-time MBA Program have the opportunity to pursue the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate, for increased understanding of how real estate management and development interact with other disciplines in addition to business.

The Berkeley-Haas real estate and urban economics faculty includes some of the most accomplished professors in the field, and the low student-to-faculty ratio provides you with individual attention throughout your academic experience.

How the Berkeley MBA Supports Pursuit of Careers in Real Estate

"The Berkeley MBA Program prepares students for a broad range of career paths with such firms as:

  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Real estate operating companies
  • Developers
  • Financial institutions
  • Investment banks
  • Consulting companies"

At Berkeley-Haas, the Accelerating Careers in Real Estate (ACRE) program, offered through the Career Management Group, builds on the Haas School’s and Fisher Center’s strong relationships with real estate communities in the Bay Area, across the U.S., and around the world.

ACRE enhances your understanding of the unique structure and characteristics of the real estate industry and its great diversity in functions (development, acquisitions, lending, etc.), locations (urban, suburban, sub-markets), and products (office, residential, retail, etc.), and helps you focus your career search.

Students also take advantage of the Berkeley Real Estate Club (BREC), which offers peer mentoring and helps students tap resources such as the Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association, with members spread from San Francisco to New York and from London to Hong Kong and Dubai.

Real Estate Beyond the Classroom

California's pivotal real estate market and the concentration of academic and expert talent at Berkeley combine to create a dynamic environment in which to study real estate. At the heart of this community is the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics (FCREUE), which educates students and real estate professionals, and supports and conducts research on real estate, urban economics, the California economy, land use, and public policy.

Berkeley-Haas students and alumni are able to take advantage of the resources available through the Center, including a prestigious annual Real Estate & Economics Symposium and Fisher Center Real Estate Conference.

The student-driven Berkeley Real Estate Club organizes many student activities, including networking events, speaker series, and student participation in competitions, such as the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP) Challenge against Stanford University, the National Real Estate Challenge at UT Austin, and the Bank of America Low Income Housing Challenge against other graduate schools in California.

Scholarships for Berkeley MBA Students Interested in Real Estate

In addition to the national awards offered to students pursuing careers in real estate, the Haas Real Estate Program offers the following scholarships to members of the Berkeley Real Estate Club:

  • Gerson Bakar Fisher Center Policy Advisory Board Real Estate Scholarship, providing $10,000 of unrestricted financial support
  • ULI (Urban Land Institute) Graduate Student Fellowships, offered in conjunction with the ULI Foundation
  • Jon Q. Reynolds Real Estate Entrepreneur Scholarship, providing tuition support


Back to Areas of Emphasis