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.


  • Business Leadership Development
  • Business Day 1
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Business Analytical Tools
  • Statistics and Business Analytics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Elements of Calculus
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Two Non-business Electives



  • Introduction to Real Estate
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Applying Business Leadership Skills
  • Business Communications
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Applied Business Economics
  • Behavior and Organization
  • Non-business Electives



  • Future Leadership Strategies
  • Ethical Business Core Course
  • Commercial Real Estate Finance
  • Cases in Commercial Real Estate
  • Real Estate Electives
  • Business Electives
  • Non-business Electives



  • Strategic Management
  • Commercial Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Electives
  • Business Electives
  • Non-business Electives