As the real estate industry rebounds, so do opportunities for college graduates who want to enter or advance in this dynamic career field.  

“After the real estate slowdown of the last few years, the job market for real estate graduates has improved substantially recently,” says Charles Wurtzebach, chairman of the Department of Real Estate at DePaul University.

“All sectors of commercial real estate appear to be expanding and need new employees to keep up with the expansion.  Many of our students have been successful in getting multiple offers at graduation.”  Wurtzebach says employment opportunities also exist for graduates in real estate  lending, brokerage and appraisal services, and construction, as well as in property sectors that encompass office, industrial, multi-family, retail and hospitality/ entertainment real estate.

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DePaul helps prepare graduates for opportunities by offering the most comprehensive commercial real estate education program in the Midwest, with degrees that serve individuals at all levels of the profession.  They include:

  • MBA in Real Estate Finance and Investment.  This degree for working professionals provides a solid foundation in core business functions with an emphasis on finance and investment, which is well suited for careers in the commercial real estate industry.  

  • MS in Real Estate.  This degree is tailored for professionals who have an undergraduate degree in business and work in real estate, but would like to gain the expertise to advance into senior positions in the industry.

DePaul also offers its students many distinctive resources and industry connections through its Real Estate Center.  Founded in 2002, the center is recognized in the real estate community as a hub for excellence in real estate education, research and industry outreach.  

“The Real Estate Center’s programs allow us to offer a variety of specialized opportunities to our students that enhance the classroom-learning experience,” Wurtzebach says. These opportunities include forums that bring together students, faculty, and real estate professionals for dynamic and interactive exchanges of ideas; a mentorship program that pairs students and Chicago real estate executives for regular meetings; and an active and well-connected career program that facilitates job placement and advancement for students.

“We also offers academic scholarships for our most outstanding students, as well as travel and meeting scholarships that enable students to attend national real estate conferences,” Wurtzebach adds.