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Business: Real Estate & Urban Land Economics MS

Master of Science in Business

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In just one year, build your job-ready skills in commercial real estate — from finance to urban economics and market analysis — at the top-ranked Wisconsin School of Business.


Is this program right for you?

With the accelerated, one-year MS in Business: Real Estate and Urban Economics from the Wisconsin School of Business, you’ll be prepared to handle the complexities of commercial real estate transactions — from finance, development and urban planning to valuation and brokerage — and enter the workforce sooner.

Tailor your learning to your professional goals and interests by selecting one or more areas of focus as you pursue your degree:

  • Real Estate Core
  • Applied Real Estate Investment
  • Private Equity Investment

With support from the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, you will gain knowledge and make industry connections to pursue the real estate career path of your choice. Our applied learning opportunities provide hands-on experience working on real-world projects in the community. Plus, you’ll develop the negotiation and communication skills you need to work confidently with stakeholders.

As a student in the Wisconsin School of Business, you will find yourself inspired by peers, staff, alumni, business leaders and world-renowned faculty who are focused, collaborative and engaged in every aspect of the student experience. You will join a top-ranked program that equips you to meet both academic and career challenges.

Employers value Wisconsin School of Business graduates because of the comprehensive preparation this learning environment provides. Graduates possess highly sought-after general management and specialized expertise in business.

Is this program right for you?

With the accelerated, one-year MS in Business: Real Estate and Urban Economics from the Wisconsin School of Business, you’ll be prepared to handle the complexities of commercial real estate transactions — from finance, development and urban planning to valuation and brokerage — and enter the workforce sooner.

Tailor your learning to your professional goals and interests by selecting one or more areas of focus as you pursue your degree:

  • Real Estate Core
  • Applied Real Estate Investment
  • Private Equity Investment

With support from the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, you will gain knowledge and make industry connections to pursue the real estate career path of your choice. Our applied learning opportunities provide hands-on experience working on real-world projects in the community. Plus, you’ll develop the negotiation and communication skills you need to work confidently with stakeholders.

As a student in the Wisconsin School of Business, you will find yourself inspired by peers, staff, alumni, business leaders and world-renowned faculty who are focused, collaborative and engaged in every aspect of the student experience. You will join a top-ranked program that equips you to meet both academic and career challenges.

Employers value Wisconsin School of Business graduates because of the comprehensive preparation this learning environment provides. Graduates possess highly sought-after general management and specialized expertise in business.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of business fundamentals, one or more of the following are expected to be completed by the start of the program:
    • Undergraduate degree with business major or minor
    • Completion of Certificate in Business or Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals at UW–Madison
    • Completion of Certificate in Entrepreneurship at UW–Madison
    • College coursework in microeconomics, accounting, and finance
    • Completion of General Business 310 at UW–Madison. This course is offered every semester and during the summer. Applicants can complete this course online as a special student.
    • Have at least one year of full-time work experience in one of the business disciplines mentioned above
  • Submit GMAT or GRE scores or receive a test waiver
  • Completion of REAL EST 306-The Real Estate Process, or equivalent

Application materials required:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Admissions interview by invitation only

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February 02
noon-1 p.m.
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Program highlights

  • Benefit from experiential learning opportunities evaluating development projects, underwriting current real estate proposals and analyzing live property and real estate private equity offering memorandums.
  • Learn from the experts at the School’s dedicated real estate knowledge center, the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate.
  • Upon graduation you will join some of the largest and most sophisticated real estate organizations in the United States and internationally.

How you'll learn

  • Two-semester intensive curriculum on the UW–Madison campus
  • Study real estate markets across the U.S. and around the world through a blend of coursework, case studies and practical, hands-on applied learning opportunities

Sample curriculum

The three paths are as follows:

  • Path I – Core Real Estate MS
  • Path II – Applied Real Estate Investment
  • Path III – Real Estate Private Equity Investment

Required Courses

  • Real Estate Excel Modeling
  • Real Estate ARGUS Modeling
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Lawyering the Development Deal
  • Techniques of Real Estate Valuation
  • Urban Economics
  • Commercial Property Development

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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