Master's in Real Estate
Career Outlook

27 Jun 11:30am-1pm ET
SCS Open House Lunch  
30 Jul 12-1pm ET
Real Estate—Virtual Sample Class  

With the rise of automated systems, there has been an increased demand for higher skill levels among employees within the real estate industry. As a graduate of our program, you’ll be positioned to fill this need and add value in your current job, as well as in every job after that. You'll take with you enhanced skills in finance, analysis, and negotiation that enable you to advance within your current field of real estate or to branch out to take on new challenges.

The current real estate job market has become more active and, according to a recent assessment from SelectLeaders Real Estate Job Network, hiring has surpassed the previous market peak of 2007. This upward trend has been driven by smaller firms and entrepreneurs in secondary markets, which are adding to opportunities that were once predominantly seen among larger companies and those in gateway and “top tier” markets. Looking back at trends over the past 10 years, the report noted an increase in the percentage of postings for finance and investment jobs as well as the creation of new positions in real estate technology—which did not even exist in 2007.

Throughout your time in the Real Estate program, you’ll have opportunities to build your network by engaging with leading industry experts and organizations. Our program maintains ongoing relationships and partnerships with various organizations both inside and outside the Washington, D.C., metro area. Touting a commitment to diversity within the industry, we strive to maintain an inclusive portfolio of partners representing a variety of specialties and disciplines. To assist you in your continued professional development, our program has also forged connections with several industry organizations that issue certifications, including:

  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders Group
  • African American Real Estate Professionals of Washington, D.C.
  • NAIOP Maryland/DC
  • Corporate Real Estate Network (CoreNet)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Commercial Real Estate Brokers Association (CREBA)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

What comes after a master's degree? Explore Careers in Real Estate.

Mentor Program

As a student, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in our Mentor Program, which provides opportunities to engage with experienced industry practitioners. The mission of this program is to create one-on-one mentoring relationships between experienced practitioners in the real estate industry and our students. You’ll be matched with a professional volunteer based on your particular focus area, and meet with him or her to ask questions, seek advice, and, ultimately, advance your professional development objectives—and your career.

Commercial Real Estate Job Postings by Field, 2007 vs. 2017 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Finance/ Investments Property Mgmt Broker/Sales/Leasing Asset/Portfolio Mgmt Development Accounting/ Controller Acquisitions Construction Admin 2017 2007
Real Estate ManagerReal Estate SpecialistSite Acquisition ManagerLease AdministratorSite ManagerSenior Real Estate ManagerSenior ConsultantDirector of Property ManagementDevelopment AssociateSenior Real Estate AnalystReal Estate Project Manager Top titles within the real estate industry: Where do people in this field work? Real estate and rental & leasing 56% Finance and insurance 37% Information 2% Professional, scientific, and technical services 1% Retail trade 1%

Sources: Burning Glass Labor/Insight, SelectLeaders


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