Published: Feb. 7, 2017 By ,
A couple of important questions to ponder while planning your graduate school education in real estate, if you want to make a difference and get a job.
First, what is real estate?  To many the term conjures up a vision of new homes or maybe a construction site surrounded by cranes.  However, real estate is far more.  It is cities, towns, farms, schools, hospitals, etc., and it is huge!  As reported in Fortune, according to real estate advisory firm Savills, the value of all global real estate, including commercial and residential property and forestry and agricultural land comes to a staggering $217 trillion.  To give this figure context, the total value of all the gold ever mined is a paltry $6 trillion.  Beyond developing and deploying this resource for manufacturing, shelter, food, education and health care, real estate is also an investment asset class, right alongside stocks and bonds, but it is far bigger.  The value of global real estate exceeds – by almost a third – the combined total value of all globally traded equities and securitized debt instruments, further highlighting the important role that real estate plays in economies worldwide.  Yolande Barnes, head of Savills world research, notes that “real estate is the pre-eminent asset class which will be most impacted by global monetary conditions and investment activity and which, in turn, has the power to most impact national and international economies.”
Second, what about real estate jobs?  It’s simple supply and demand.  The demand for trained and talented real estate professionals exceeds the supply.  Furthermore, as the current management in real estate companies, dominated by baby boomers, ages out, there is an increasing need for both middle and senior managers, virtually assuring a solid career track.  The MS in Real Estate Program at CU was specifically designed to efficiently prepare and place talent into this expanding market, meeting the need of a global industry while providing invaluable opportunities for our students. 
The MS in Real Estate is efficient - designed to be completed in just 12 months. 
The MS in Real Estate is foundational – the curriculum includes a rigorous background in quantitative financial analysis and management. 
The MS in Real Estate is focused – two tracks, Development Management and Asset/Financial Management, provide the skill-set depth for grads to immediately add value to an employer or to head out on their own. 
The MS in Real Estate is plugged into the industry – the industry-comprised CU Real Estate Center provides interaction with students in classes, internships, mentors and jobs. 
The MS in Real Estate is in Boulder – a great community in its own right, but as part of the Denver metro area, it’s a unique real-world laboratory at the intersections of real estate, technology, sustainability and lifestyle.   
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