Many companies heavily recruit scholars with an educational background in real estate and business. Students study the connection between real estate and capital markets and explore how to implement valuable business decisions regarding real estate issues. Career opportunities for graduates include real estate appraisers, investment managers, property managers and entrepreneurs. Success in the real estate industry depends on networking and connections and students pursuing a n MBA in real estate can take advantage of campus-sponsored real estate organizations and secure relationships with faculty and alumni.

Top-Ranked Institutions

Ranked third among the best business schools in the nation in 2013 by "U.S. News and World Report," the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School offers a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in real estate. Real estate majors discuss issues related to real estate law and urban fiscal policy in the classroom. Students can earn a Master of Business degree with a specialization in real estate at the University of California of Berkeley Haas School of Business. Real estate courses at Haas emphasize four areas: financial analysis, finance and securitization, development and investment strategy.

Public Institutions

The 57-credit-hour Master of Business Administration degree program at the University of Connecticut allows students to focus their studies on real estate. Coursework involves real estate capital markets and real estate investment and portfolio management. The two-year Master of Business Administration degree in real estate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison offers a unique Applied Real Estate Investment Track program in real estate investment trust management. The graduate program at the university consistently ranks as one of the top real estate programs in the country, earning the top spot in the "U.S. News and World Report" in 2013.

Private Institutions

The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Dallas provides students with the opportunity to earn a Master of Business Administration degree concentrating in real estate. The 53-credit-hour program requires coursework in real estate valuation and real estate development. Students studying business and real estate at the Southern Methodist Cox School of Business must complete 61 credit hours of graduate course work to earn the MBA degree. Degree candidates focusing their studies on real estate enroll in such courses as real estate transactions and portfolio theory and asset pricing.

Online Institutions

Future leaders in the real estate industry can earn an online Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in real estate from Florida State University. Course content emphasizes real estate and finance, and investment management and analysis. The online MBA degree in real estate at Marylhurst University features three concentrations: real estate development, real estate management and real estate finance.

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Cassandra Ifie is a librarian living in Richmond, Va. She has also been a writer since 2008. Ifie received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Rust College.