USC Price School of Public Policy

Career Services

The Price School of Public Policy believes that the best way to support our students in their career planning and job search efforts is to familiarize the real estate industry with the value of the Dollinger MRED degree and with the high caliber of our students and alumni. MRED students are provided with several avenues to establish professional contacts with prominent firms and our alumni.

» Lusk Real Estate Employment Report
» Speaker Series
» Mentor Program
» Real Estate Industry Night
» Resume Books
» Professional Organizations
» Graduate Real Estate Association
» Professional Designations

Lusk Real Estate Employment Report
Vital to the Lusk Center’s mission is providing a forum for students to learn about real estate and establish a solid professional network as they launch their careers. Each year the Lusk Center releases a Real Estate Employment Report summarizing the placement and salaries of recent graduates from USC’s real estate programs.

Speaker Series
The Speaker Series is one way in which students interact with and learn from real estate professionals and alumni. Prominent developers, investors, and other industry leaders come to campus for an informal seminar and lunch with students weekly throughout the academic year.

Mentor Program
The Lusk Mentor program provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to broaden their educational experience through one-on-one interface with senior-level industry executives. Students meet with their mentors throughout the school year spending time at their mentor’s office, visiting their mentor’s development projects, or joining their mentor at professional conferences.

Real Estate Industry Night
This annual event – the most significant of its kind in the US – serves as a networking and information gathering session for USC real estate students. Typically between 60-80 firms from a wide breadth of real estate sectors including asset management, banking, brokerage, development, finance, and investment participate. Student members from either the Trojan Real Estate Association or the Graduate Real Estate Association are eligible to participate.

Resume Books
Each year, the Lusk Center produces the Real Estate Resume Book with a full-page resume for each graduating student. This publication is circulated to a wide audience in the real estate community and is distributed at Industry Night.

Professional Organizations
Students are encouraged to strengthen their ties to the real estate industry through membership in professional organizations. The Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Building Industry Association (BIA), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and NAIOP are among the organizations which offer many useful services, conferences, and publications. Many of the professional organizations offer special rates for student members.

Graduate Real Estate Association
The Graduate Real Estate Association is a university-wide group for graduate students pursuing real estate degrees. Students from the Dollinger MRED program along with MBA, Master of Planning, Master of Construction Management, and Law students comprise the membership. GREA’s goal is to provide students with exposure to different careers and opportunities available in real estate, to link members with real estate professionals, and to educate students on market trends and the impact of real estate on the business world.

Professional Designations
Graduates of the Dollinger MRED program are eligible for real estate professional designations. Academic coursework from Dollinger MRED can be used towards the following:

California Brokers License — Under an articulation agreement between the California Department of Real Estate and the USC, certain RED courses fulfill a portion of the requirements for a real estate broker license.

CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) — MRED graduates receive credit for three of the four CCIM core courses and for all three elective credits normally required. MRED graduates will need to complete the following:

  • Submit a CCIM University Fast Track Application and apply for Candidacy
  • Complete CCIM core course: CI 103 User Decision Analysis
  • Fulfill CCIM Portfolio Requirement
  • Pass the CCIM Comprehensive Exam