Cornell University

Real Estate at Cornell

Cornell University offers a wide range of comprehensive academic programs in real estate, from the internationally renowned, cross-college Baker Program in Real Estate, to an undergraduate minor at the School of Hotel Administration, to faculty and student research at the Center for Real Estate and Finance and across the university.

With the largest real estate faculty in the country, Cornell is at the forefront of knowledge in commercial real estate. Our growing programs will help prepare you for a rewarding career.


Available to any undergraduate degree candidate at Cornell through the Center for Real Estate and Finance at the School of Hotel Administration, the real estate minor is designed to prepare students for careers in the commercial real estate industry.

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Consisting of course work, connections, and careers, the minor focuses on careers in real estate investment, real estate finance, real estate consulting, structured finance, and real estate transaction support. Case competitions bring the real world into the classroom, and the Cornell Real Estate Club offers extracurricular opportunities.

Minor in Real Estate


The Baker Program in Real Estate — a collaboration of strengths in investing at the School of Hotel Administration and strengths in development at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning — offers the nation's most comprehensive graduate real estate education.

Conferring a two-year master of professional studies in real estate (M.P.S.) degree, the program ensures that students have a strong foundation in real estate from a wide variety of perspectives while working with world-class faculty, meeting leading industry figures and building a burgeoning real estate career. The weekly Cornell Real Estate Distinguished Speakers Series attracts industry professionals, and students also have the opportunity to serve on the Cornell Real Estate Review.

Other graduate opportunities include the ability to pursue a dual-degree MBA/MPS, RE with the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, a one-year masters of management in hospitality with a concentration in real estate finance and investments, and a graduate minor open to students across the university.

Baker Program in Real Estate

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Online Learning

The non-credit Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management develops a full knowledge base that enables enrollees to fully understand the complex dynamics surrounding hotel real estate and management contracts.

Understanding the value of hotel real estate investments and the dynamics of the financial and operational aspects of real estate investments, asset management, and management contracts is critical to the success of mid-level and senior management in the hospitality and real estate industries. The courses in this certificate focus on real world preparation for working professionals, and the Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management is a prerequisite for a six-day, on-campus advanced professional development course.

Real Estate Investments and Asset Management

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As the intellectual home of real estate research at Cornell, the Center for Real Estate and Finance builds on a 30-year tradition of excellence in hospitality real estate.

The center's mission is to be a leader in commercial real estate education, research, and knowledge. The center's advisory Board connects research, industry, and alumni.

Research at the Center for Real Estate and Finance

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Real estate at Cornell has a wide array of career management services, whether you are studying for a bachelor's degree (B.S.), a master's degree (M.P.S. or M.M.H) or are a practicing professional. From real estate job boards to meet-and-greet events and career assistance, opportunities abound. An annual real estate career day ensures time with companies to ask questions and learn more about internships and permanent positions. Professional staff assist with industry networking and facilitating searches for internships and permanent jobs.


Cornell's real estate programs work closely with industry. Whether to share your experience, recruit, or bring your project to our students for innovative solutions, there are many opportunities for industry to partner with Cornell. Many of our current students, faculty and alumni have spent significant portions of their careers in the real estate industry. Executive coursework provides professional development opportunities, and industry insights augment the classroom experience.

Our Network

Becoming a member of the Real Estate at Cornell community means that connections you make as a student will stay with you throughout your career through lifelong access to an international network of alumni. Our close-knit, well-organized alumni groups put on frequent events. From the robust Cornell Real Estate Council to the burgeoning Real Estate Minor Alumni of Cornell group, something exists for everyone.