The USC Price School of Public Policy believes the best way to support students in 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.
In addition, Dollinger MRED students and alumni have lifelong access to USC’s nationally-recognized Career Center, and the USC Price School Office of Career Services — including the exclusive PriceNet job and internship board.
Real Estate Employment Report
Each year the Price School releases a Real Estate Employment Report summarizing the placement and salaries of recent graduates from both the Dollinger MRED and the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development.
The MRED Speaker Series is one way in which students interact with and learn from real estate professionals and alumni. Throughout the academic year, prominent developers, investors, and other industry leaders come to campus for informal weekly seminars and lunch with students.
Real Estate Industry Night
This annual event – the most significant of its kind in the U.S. – serves as a networking and information session for USC real estate students. Between 60-80 firms from a wide range of real estate sectors get involved, including asset management, banking, brokerage, development, finance, and investment firms. Student members from either the Trojan Real Estate Association or the Graduate Real Estate Association are eligible to participate.
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.
Students are encouraged to strengthen 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 that offer 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, MPL, Master of Construction Management, and Law students comprise the membership. The GREA’s goals are to provide students with exposure to different careers and opportunities in real estate, link members with real estate professionals, and educate students on market trends.
Graduates of the USC Price Dollinger MRED program are eligible for real estate professional designations. Academic coursework from Dollinger MRED can be used towards the following:
- California Broker License — Under an articulation agreement between the California Department of Real Estate and USC, certain RED courses fulfill a portion of the requirements for a real estate broker license.