Maximizing return on investment and minimizing exposure to risk are applicable financial phrases in almost every industry. Real estate is no exception. There are over 400,000 real estate brokers and agents in the United States, and there is growing demand for professionals with specialized skills in the analysis of real estate decisions, development, investments and asset management. Employment of real estate brokers and sales agents is expected to sustain a growth rate of 11 percent through 2020.
As part of the Finance Department at Whitman, our real estate program offers access to accomplished faculty and comprehensive, timely coursework that will equip you with the knowledge needed for expert analysis and strategic decision making. The skills and insight gained during meaningful hands-on learning and interaction with successful executives will give you a decided edge over your peers in the marketplace. Our real estate program provides both the academic and real-world underpinnings needed to make an immediate and meaningful impact in this dynamic and ever-evolving industry.
Choices in Courses and Careers
The real estate major focuses on the development of a skill set and knowledge base to excel in the increasingly competitive landscape of the real estate industry. Curriculum and practical experiences are designed to help you learn to analyze and understand local tax laws, zoning regulations, school districts, contracts, utilities, transportation and much more. An understanding of real estate fundamentals and the capacity to put that knowledge to work in a changing commercial environment is an emphasis of the program. We prepare you to critically examine real estate financial information from diverse and conflicting sources.
Your Whitman undergraduate experience—and the appeal of your resume—will be significantly enhanced by practical learning experiences. The James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center is committed to enhancing the quality curriculum offered through hands-on learning and real-world observations as well as participation in industry research and seminars. Such opportunities include a required internship, expert speakers, courses co-taught by professors and industry executives, a one-week real estate course taught in New York City every year and a real estate symposium to explore the latest trends. Additionally, the mentoring and networking opportunities with accomplished alumni, including many who serve on the Whitman Real Estate Advisory Board, are invaluable when it comes time to distinguish yourself before potential employers.
Clubs and Connections
The Real Estate Club—the fastest growing student group at Whitman—provides a forum for students to learn more about the industry through dynamic discussions, guest speakers and site visits. These opportunities expand your base of knowledge and introduce you to additional resources through programming and events. A myriad of networking and learning opportunities, such as seminars and panel discussions, are exponentially valuable both in preparing you for the responsibilities of a career in real estate and in making career connections.
Primed for Placement
The many opportunities to gain hands-on experience and expert perspectives, combined with comprehensive and timely coursework, help to build a compelling resume. Whitman’s dedicated Career Center team provides a full spectrum of preparation and placement services to support you as you go before potential employers. Our graduates are consistently hired by leading companies such as Barclays, CBRE, Cohen Financial, FTI Consulting, Healthcare Real Estate Capital, Horn Companies, Jones Lang LaSalle, Marcus & Millichap, Moody’s, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and Silverstein Properties.
Real Estate Advisory Board
Accomplished industry professionals share their time and experienced perspective as members of the Advisory Board to help enhance the program and its offerings.
James D. Kuhn ’70 ’72 MBA | Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Jed Dallek ’78 | Grassi & Co.
Harold A. Fetner ’93 | Durst-Fetner Residential
Ken Finkelstein ’84 | Englewood LLC
Steve Kantor ’79 | S2K Partners
Steven Katz ’73 (A&S) | Sterling Properties Group
Caleb Koeppel | Koeppel Companies LLC
Mitchell Konsker ’83 | Jones Lang LaSalle
Michael Lefkowitz ’86 (A&S) | Rosenberg & Estis
Edward Pettinella ’76 MBA | Home Properties
David Salmanson ’00 | Salmanson Capital LLC
Jeffrey M. Zell ’77 | J.M. Zell Partners Ltd.