The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Real Estate provides undergraduate students with the knowledge base in finance, real estate investment, development, valuation and strategic planning, which will prepare them for an entry-level position in the real estate industry.
Since most of the electives in this concentration are at the graduate level, this concentration may put students who complete it at a competitive advantage vis-à-vis students from other universities’ programs.
After Completing this Concentration Students Should:
- Have a strong understanding of finance in order to assess the risks and returns of investment decisions and financing.
- Understand the principles of real estate investment (including valuation, appraisal, financing and
- Be prepared to immediately contribute at firms that are on the cutting edge of real estate – those that are focused on mixed-use, walkable, and sustainable projects that are in most demand throughout the country.
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- What made you decide to pursue a career in real estate? I came from a small town and was always fascinated by the built environment of big cities. When I got to college and realized that I could combine my interests in finance and urbanization, I jumped at the opportunity and haven’t looked back since.
- What was your favorite real estate course you’ve taken at GW? My favorite real estate course I’ve taken at GW was Professor Geurts’ Real Estate Development Cases. The course covers a wide variety of commercial real estate topics that would not cohesively fit into any other course. Professor Geurts does an excellent job of making the class engaging and has an anecdote for every situation which helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
- What has been your favorite outside-the-classroom experience at GW? My favorite outside-the-classroom experience at GW was the NYC networking trek I went on in the fall of 2019. In 2 days, my classmates and I were able to meet with 9 companies, walk through 2 construction sites, hear from surprise guest Aby Rosen, and watch Brian Ray interview Charlie Bendit. I made a ton of great connections and it made me truly realize how supportive and engaged GW real estate alumni are with each other and with current students.
- What are your post-graduate real estate career plans? After graduation, I will be moving to NYC to work as an analyst for Broadshore Capital Partner’s Special Situations Debt Group. I was connected to Broadshore through an alumni connection and received support from CREUA as I prepared for the four rounds of interviews that I underwent.
- What advice would you give to students who are thinking about concentrating in real estate? I would encourage all students to look into the real estate industry. Regardless of what your interests are, you can find a way to apply them to commercial real estate. The industry includes roles that allow individuals to be inside or outside of the office, work with colleagues or individually, and utilize qualitative or quantitative skills. Real Estate is the backbone of a city and being able to contribute to that is really special.