MBA with Real Estate Concentration

Real Estate Program at JSOM

The is a 53 semester credit hours degree program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management with a concentration in Real Estate provides students with both a practical and educational base to become leaders and skilled decision-makers within the industry.

The MBA Real Estate program includes core curriculum and elective courses. The Real Estate concentration within this degree program utilizes at least 9 hours of these electives for specified courses with additional hours of suggested electives and may be combined with other concentration areas.

Real Estate Program Objectives

  • Give students a thorough understanding of concepts unique to the real estate industry
  • Develop the skills necessary to analyze real estate markets, investments, risk and financing.
  • Deploy world-class technology tools in market and investment analysis

Career Opportunities

The real estate industry offers numerous opportunities to pursue professional careers. These include roles such as real estate broker, property manager, appraiser, investment analyst, asset manager, developer and real estate credit underwriter. The Dallas area provides a rich base of national real estate enterprises in pursuit of talent. UT Dallas’ emphasis on finance, technology and practical skills provides the foundation for future leaders in this important industry. Our goal is to connect our students with industry employers, and we encourage internships and career opportunities.

Professional Certifications

The MBA Real Estate concentration serves as a platform for pursuing many of the designations within the real estate industry, including the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.

UT Dallas Real Estate Club

Both undergraduate and graduate students interested in a real estate career are encouraged to participate in the UT Dallas Real Estate Club. Through this organization, students are exposed to alumni within the industry and can develop networks to assist them now and in the future. The club also works to facilitate internships and employment opportunities. In addition, students have an opportunity to participate in national real estate competition projects which can add depth to their knowledge, skills and resume.


UT Dallas has licensed and developed leading technologies used in the analysis of markets and real estate investments. Students will have “hands-on” access to some of the most sophisticated tools in the industry including applications such as Argus™, Xceligent™ and leading Geographic Information Systems (GIS). UT Dallas has developed world-class programs in GIS science and marries this expertise directly with real estate in this emerging industry application.

Degree Requirements with Real Estate Concentration

The Real Estate concentration is an optional set of electives that may be taken as part of the overall curriculum for obtaining an MBA. The overall degree program consists of 53 total hours with a required core curriculum making up approximately half of these hours.

Beyond the core course requirements, a student may choose up to 15 semester credit hours from a number of focus areas to develop knowledge and skills in a particular field of interest. The Real Estate education allows students to choose electives from the courses listed below. Specific real estate courses are recommended for this concentration and additional electives in this field are also offered. Please contact your advisor or refer to the current course catalog for overall course requirements, sequencing and prerequisites necessary to obtain an MBA. Courses listed are 3 semester credit hours unless otherwise noted.

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The MBA degree is a well recognized and a highly ranked program at UT Dallas. The ability to combine the prestigious MBA with a concentration in real estate allows interested students to set themselves apart by combining academic excellence with practical marketplace skills.

Real estate, as a multidisciplinary field, is a great complement to the broad curriculum of the MBA program. This combination truly prepares students for leadership roles within the industry.

We have courses designed to meet your needs and bring you into the exciting world of real estate. Please join us.

Randall S. Guttery, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC

Director, Real Estate Programs

Core Recommended Courses for Real Estate Concentration

  • REAL/FIN 6323 Real Estate Market Analysis and Investment
  • REAL/FIN 6326 Real Estate Law and Contacts
  • Additional Elective Courses Recommended for Real Estate Concentration

    • FIN 6306 or OPRE 6332 Quantitative Methods in Finance or Spreadsheet Modeling
    • FIN 6311 Valuation Models and Practices
    • FIN 6357 Corporate Restructuring & Turnarounds
    • MIS 6320 or ACCT 6320 Database Foundations


    Employers active in the real estate industry are encouraged to consider UT Dallas students for internships. These programs provide area businesses with the opportunity to add resources to a project and create a sound evaluation process for potential new hires. Additionally, your firm can become part of the community supporting UT Dallas. Please contact our career center for more information.

    Permanent or Contract Positions

    Many employers set up interview sessions at UT Dallas where we can assist in screening interviewees and make your hiring process efficient and effective. Please contact our career center for more information.


    Even if you are not ready to bring on an intern or employee, we encourage executives to get involved with an informal mentorship arrangement. This low-level commitment allows for senior real estate professionals to spend some time with a student considering a real estate career and share stories and experiences. It has proven to be very rewarding opportunity for many executives. Please contact Randy Guttery for more information.

    Ben Henderson

    “I came to UT Dallas initially because of its great location and its highly ranked MBA programs. I decided to also earn a master’s degree in accounting because I plan to sit for the CPA exam, and the degree provides me with the hours I need for testing eligibility.”

    “I’m very interested in real estate, so when I saw I could take the intro to real estate class as an elective, I jumped at the chance. It has so much information! I learned many things about real estate that I would otherwise never have known. The course has given me the basic information I need to someday own property and make it a source of income.”

    “My connection to the real estate curriculum and faculty also gave me the opportunity to work as a contractor for Lee Financial. I assisted with a survey of real estate agents about potential effects on property values. My main responsibilities were distributing the surveys, compiling results and drafting a report based on the data collected. The best part of the two-month assignment for me was practicing my interpersonal skills with agents from around Dallas.”

    “My advice to other students who are interested in real estate: you don’t have to want to go into the industry full time to benefit from the courses. Take the introductory class if you have any interest in the subject; it has so much practical application that you’ll be glad you did.”

    Ben Henderson graduated with an MBA and a MS-Accounting degree in 2013 and is employed with Wells Fargo in Denver.