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Finding the perfect location is as important to a growing business as hiring the employees to run it. Will a new coffee shop thrive in this neighborhood? What about a condominium or apartment complex? Could this be the right spot for a commercial plant? Businesses might range from tiny storefronts to sprawling industrial complexes, but the importance of commercial real estate — and those who understand it — is the same. Whether your interest is to work for a firm that invests in, develops or services commercial real estate or to run your own commercial real estate business, Marquette's real estate major is a great place to prepare for your career. Our applied course of study gives you the opportunity to analyze, evaluate, finance, develop and manage commercial real estate.

Effective and ethical.

Marquette real estate majors receive an education that is grounded in the Jesuit tradition. It seeks to provide the real estate community not only with innovative and effective professionals, but also with ethically committed decision-makers who understand their accountability to current and future users of developed space.


As a real estate major, you'll be exposed to the many firms that surround Marquette — from national life insurance companies and banks to commercial property management firms and real estate development and brokerage companies — whose members advise and collaborate with Marquette's chair in real estate, creating fertile ground for your own growth as a real estate professional.


Marquette's program keeps the emphasis on real estate where it belongs: on practical applications, not just theory. Real estate majors will learn how to apply principles of market analysis, financing and development with respect to commercial real estate — literally building from the ground up in some cases. And because you'll graduate as an applied decision-maker, not just a number cruncher, you'll already have the skills employers demand.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Foundations for Business Leadership
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Elements of Calculus
  • Public Speaking
  • Two Non-business Electives



  • Developing Critical Skills for Business Leadership
  • Business Statistics
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Literature Elective
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Theology Elective
  • Non-business Elective



  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Principles of Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Applying Business Leadership Skills
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Applied Business Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Behavior and Organization
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Business Elective
  • Non-business Elective



  • Three Real Estate Electives
  • Strategies for Entering the Business World
  • Business Policies
  • Ethical and Societal Issues Elective
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment Elective
  • Three Business Electives
  • Two Non-business Electives

Real estate

You might like the real estate major if you:

✓ Can make sound and sustainable decisions

✓ Are an analytical thinker

✓ Enjoy real-world learning experiences

What can you do with a major in Real estate?

Real estateMarquette's real estate majors go on to careers in mortgage lending at banks and life insurance companies, property development, leasing and investment sales, property and asset management, pension and equity investment, consulting, and retail site selection and construction, among other specialties.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in real estate.

Visit the department that offers the real estate major.

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