Real Estate

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.

Real-World Readiness
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 @ Whitman Argus Training 
April 23-24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Argus Enterprise training is open to Whitman real estate students. The course will take place in the Ballentine Center of the Whitman School during April 23-24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Argus Enterprise training program is designed for new-to-intermediate users of ARGUS Enterprise. The modules that are covered in the course include Cash Flow, Repertoire Reporting and Sensitivity Analysis. You will learn how to input leases, market assumptions, valuation and yield parameters on a repetitive basis and generate proforma cash-flows. The course concentrates on practical applications of the software through interactive examples and case studies.

To register for the course, please sign up using the registration link below. All participants must provide their SU email address. There is a $50 participation fee, payable by check, made out to Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management. Please, drop your check off to the Finance Department's Administrative Coordinator, Deborah Dermady, suite 500. Space is limited to 30 participants and course registration will close on March 15. Students need to enroll online AND pay the fee by the deadline. Enrollment is on first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration Link:

To learn more about Argus:

Take advantage of being able to get access to the program, offered by world-class Argus training professionals and sponsored by the Real Estate Center, at close to zero cost. 

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Prof. Milena Petrova at

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.

Michael Broxmeyer ‘95 A&S
Fairfield Properties

Steve Charney ‘81
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Jason Cole ‘09
Asset Management Associate
Sterling Manahement Corp

Kalmon Dolgin ‘64 A&S, 66 LAW
Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates

Michael Falcone ‘57
Chairman Emeritus
Pioneer Companies

Harold A. Fetner ‘83
Fetner Properties

Kenneth F. Finkelstein ‘84
Englewood LLC

Bill Gallagher ‘80
Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey Grasso ‘09
Vice President
Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Jared Hutter ‘06
Managing Partner
Penn South Capital Partners

Steven Katz ‘73 A&S
Sterling Properties

Craig Koenigsberg ‘17 PA
CLK Properties

Mitchell Konsker ‘83
Vice Chairman
Jones Lang LaSalle

James Kuhn ‘70, ‘72
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Chris Labianca ‘92
Managing Director
UBS Securities LLC

Michael Lefkowitz ‘86 A&S
Rosenberg & Estis

David Nass ‘91
Co-Head of Real Estate Finance
UBS Securities LLC

Edward Pettinella ‘76
President & CEO
Home Properties

David Salmanson ‘00
Salmanson Capital Inc

Robin Schneiderman ‘01
Senior Vice President/Director of Business Development
Halstead Property LLC

Jonathan Schultz ‘87 A&S
Onyx Equities LLC

David Schwartz ‘99
Slate Property Group

Bradley Settleman ‘85
Tall Pines Capital LLC

W. David Tobin ‘91 A&S
Mission Capital Advisors

Jeff Zell ‘77
JM Zell Partners