What are some top-rated approved real estate schools?


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The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin (Madison) have the top two real estate programs in the nation. Other excellent schools for real estate include the University of Georgia, the University of California (Berkley), New York University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Florida, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), the University of Southern California, the University of Texas (Austin), Arizona State University, Ohio State University and Central Michigan University.

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The Wharton Business School at Penn offers a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Students are allowed to select their concentration from 20 potential areas, and real estate is one option. Beyond their core requirements, real estate undergraduate students must complete two required courses and two elective courses. The required courses are real estate law and real estate investment. Students also must select two of the following electives: advanced real estate investments, urban fiscal policy, urban public policy and private development, urban real estate economics, real estate development, real estate entrepreneurship, and international real estate comparisons. The university's real estate department also offers MBA and doctoral programs in real estate.

Wisconsin also has strong real estate programs both for undergraduates and graduates. The required courses for undergraduates include real estate law, the real estate process, real estate finance, valuation of real estate, urban and regional economics, and residential property development. Students also are required to complete a number of elective courses. They can choose from international real estate, computer applications in real estate analysis, sustainable development, and urban land economics. Students at Wisconsin also learn to work with ARGUS, a computer software program used in real estate transactions and appraisals.

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