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Graduate Real Estate Concentration

graduate real estate concentration

The Real Estate program provides students with both a practical and educational base to become leaders and skilled decision-makers within the industry.

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. The emphasis UT Dallas places on finance, technology and practical skills provides the foundation for future leaders in this important industry.

Professional Certifications

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

UT Dallas Real Estate Club

Both undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in real estate 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™ 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.

The Real Estate program has been designed to provide the maximum amount of flexibility for a graduate student looking to pursue both general business management and administration goals and an in-depth real estate education.

Within this special program, students can design their own course structure tailored to their goals. Finance, accounting, marketing and other objectives can be met while pursuing a deeper understanding of real estate issues. 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 the Real Estate Concentration


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 the Career Management 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 the Career Management 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 a very rewarding opportunity for many executives. Please contact Randy Guttery for more information.

Amber Rao

Amber Rao

Dallas, Texas – Class of December, 2019

“After 10 years of work experience, I decided to take the GMAT and pursue an MBA.  I evaluated my options for an Executive MBA program at UTD and other institutions, but ultimately decided to pursue the Professional Flex MBA program at UTD for the value and flexibility it provided.  Business travel was a part of my career, so the flexibility to take one online course and one in person course per semester allowed me to fit the MBA into my life.  Another advantage of the Professional Flex MBA program is that it allowed me to specialize in two concentrations; Finance and Real Estate, in comparison to the Executive MBA program which is more of a general focus.

The quality of the education I received at UTD was top notch and I greatly enjoyed my four Real Estate electives.  Despite having the CCIM designation and work experience, there were countless things that I learned from the program and it expanded my breadth of knowledge in commercial real estate.  All of the real estate professors at UTD are practitioners in addition to being academics and they brought a significant amount of experience to the table.

I would highly recommend UTD to students contemplating an MBA while working full time.  The ROI you get from the program relative to the cost is unmatched by other programs in the Dallas area.”

Cory Smith

Cory Smith

Dallas, TX

“Like many of the other students, I sought out UT Dallas for my MBA due to its reputation, it being close to home, and it having flexible programs.  In doing so, I also wanted to make sure I stretched outside of what I had done as an undergrad by diving into topics I found more interesting and useful.  The Real Estate Program at UTD was definitely one of the best ways to do this.

In starting a graduate program, I came to find that several other students strongly recommended Real Estate classes for electives.  Given a genuine interest in Real Estate for various reasons, I easily took the advice and am glad I did so.  I gained more insight into Real Estate than I ever could have fathomed.  Not only that, but I found that the professors were incredibly knowledgeable and well connected in the industry.  Their personal stories and accounts from working in Real Estate were not only intriguing and animated, but let you know they genuinely enjoyed their work and wanted to help students find the same level of satisfaction.  Additionally, the Real Estate Club also created a welcoming environment for networking with fellow students and industry leaders through various functions and events they hosted.

If I have any advice to give, it would be to make sure you give the Real Estate Program at UTD a try, or at a minimum take the Intro course.  You will gain practical and usable knowledge that you can use in your career as well as everyday life.  I am not working directly in the Real Estate industry; however, I really like the fact I feel well-armed shift for a Real Estate career path if I choose, let alone purchase, inherit, or invest in property with some idea of knowing what I am doing.  Give it a try, you’ll be glad you did.”

Amir Safvat

Amir Safvat

Dallas, Texas – Class of 2020

“Through a diverse career path, I have had numerus challenging opportunities to engage with many great real estate professionals within a wide spectrum spanning from developers to construction team members, as well as many other players in between these two extremes. I chose UTD because the values it offers, such as diversified and inclusive culture, small classroom sizes, extraordinary education, high rankings, affordable program cost, and significant networking opportunities, just a few to mention. The real estate program has helped me greatly to reinforce many of the real-world concepts I had been previously exposed to due to my line of work. Additionally, it has taught me many useful theories, techniques, applicable laws and has equipped me with many new critical skills.

“All my professors have been caring, engaging and experts in their field. As an example, Dr. Guttery is a patient professional with a true heart of a teacher and not only taught me the principles well, he also greatly enticed my eagerness to keep curious and to continue to learn. His Intro to Real Estate course, despite its title’s connotation of simplicity, gave me very in-depth knowledge on important real-world topics. I found the contents from the course tremendously useful afterward. As a student, I am very pleased with the real estate program and with my school choice. As a professional I can relate to the topics I have been learning on daily basis and finally as an individual, I have been applying the education I am receiving at UTD to enhance personal finance and decision-makings. Whether or not real estate is your area of personal interest or career focus, I highly recommend everyone take a couple of electives on this topic, where and when you have the benefits of learning from some of the best faculty members and colleagues. Not only will you gain remarkable outcomes and return on your investment, holistically speaking the experience itself will forever become one of the most extraordinary chapters in your life.

“Amir Safvat is a registered architect in Dallas, Texas.”

Peter Bellino

Peter Bellino

Allen, TX – Class of 2015

“I chose the Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas to complete my M.B.A. in part due to the Professional Cohort program, which was made up of 50 other early- and mid- career professionals, employed full-time by day, and enrolled in a full-time course load in the evenings. The University stood out as being internationally diverse in the make-up of the students, educators, and administration, allowing me to integrate a blend of cultures and different perceptions during my studies which have helped expand my own perspectives and experience in global business.

“My comprehension of the real estate industry was extremely narrow prior to taking a course with Dr. Guttery, Director of the Real Estate program at UT Dallas. However, during that course, I was able to expand my understanding beyond simply the buying and selling of residential homes or managing a rental property to be able to study and analyze how commercial real estate is shaping business, not only through changes in the urban skyline, but also through workplace efficiency and management of corporate holdings. The opportunities were not limited to the classroom, as programs sponsoring networking and educational events, particularly through the Real Estate Club, enabled my peers and myself to engage with individuals and groups that have been critical to the growth and relocation of many national and global enterprises to the DFW Metroplex. Separate from this, the real estate program also permitted the opportunity to partner with my academic colleagues and compete on a global scale in case competitions focusing on corporate space usage for different industries, such as the financial sector, or evaluate how to manage excess property holdings in soft markets.

“For potential students that are considering their M.B.A. at UT Dallas, most of the programs have very engaged professors, however the Real Estate program is one that has been developed just outside one of the largest corporate real estate markets in the world with input and interaction from those same developers, brokers, and others professionals that have helped shape North Texas over the past 30 years. I feel that my education in business and finance would have had a large gap had I not become engaged with the Real Estate program at UTD.”

Peter Bellino graduated with his MBA and MS in Finance with honors in 2015 and is currently employed in the risk management industry.

Ben Henderson

Ben Henderson

Denver, CO – Class of 2013

“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.