Degree Programs

Real Estate Degree Programs


Success in this increasingly complex industry requires an education as interdisciplinary as it is in-depth. USC Price provides the broad foundation and academic rigor that lead to practiced mastery. Graduates leave fully prepared for careers in real estate development, investment, finance, and related services—and ready to navigate everything from design to government approvals to the details of how all product types get built and change our communities.

The strength and scope of the Price School’s real estate program consistently attract the highest caliber of students and professionals. The school’s legendary support network remains another major draw. For instance, the annual Real Estate Industry Night brings students together with representatives of some 60 to 80 firms covering the full spectrum of disciplines associated with real estate. In addition to mentoring, these key industry players share real-world insights and experience, as well as potential employment.

The Price School’s comprehensive real estate programs span undergraduate to graduate to doctorate levels, as well as executive education, certificate, and dual-degree offerings.

Students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels interact with one another and with peers and alumni in related disciplines, including planning and business. They also engage with the Lusk Center for Real Estate, which serves as the liaison between the academic programs and the industry, offering students access to leading real estate professionals, research, conferences, forums, and other programming that bridges learning with practice.

Real Estate Development Track
Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development

The core curriculum inculcates real estate fundamentals, the history of planning and development, real estate finance and development, and advanced finance and investment for real estate development. Electives such as real estate law, designing livable communities, environmental impact assessment, analyzing real estate markets, and housing and community development further ensure that students understand all aspects of the industry.

An undergraduate minor provides students pursuing careers in related fields with a thorough grounding in real estate, while Price real estate majors also have the option of obtaining a finance minor from the USC Marshall School of Business, a minor in urban policy and planning from the Price school, or any number of other relevant minors within Price and across campus.

Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development

In Fall 2015, the Price School will launch its new Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development degree. The degree will provide the most comprehensive undergraduate Real Estate Development program in the country covering all aspects of development, investment, finance, and services. The curriculum also draws on the Price School’s distinct capacity to educate students about the broader landscape in which real estate development occurs, including the roles of urban planning, public policy, public administration and the interaction between people and place throughout the development process.


Master of Real Estate Development

Established in 1986 and recently endowed by alumnus David Dollinger, the Price School’s signature Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development was a pioneer among academic real estate programs. It remains a national leader and one of the few graduate degrees focused entirely on real estate. The program delivers a comprehensive academic framework on which professional practice is built. Courses combine lectures, cases, and active engagement with the industry so students experience and master all facets of real estate—finance and deal structuring, market analysis, site planning, political approvals, project management, and more—across all product types, including residential, retail, office, industrial, and hospitality. Dual degrees are offered in business administration, law, and planning.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Price School’s Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and in Urban Planning and Development each attract students pursuing careers in real estate-related fields. Ph.D. candidate interests range from housing policy and land use planning to finance and demographic analysis. Price doctoral students examine issues facing communities around the world. The interdisciplinary focus of Price research forms a paramount strength.


Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development

Many fields of study—from law to construction and from city planning to public policy—intersect with elements of real estate but lack comprehensiveness in their treatment of it. The Price School’s certificate in real estate development affords such students the opportunity to view how myriad disciplines interact in the context of real estate.


Ross Minority Program in Real Estate

An inclusive executive education program designed to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in leadership roles within the profession, the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate has graduated more than 700 participants—including developers, private investors, bankers, architects, attorneys, urban planners, and entrepreneurs who work for private, public, and nonprofit entities—since its founding in 1992.

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