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The Department of Real Estate at DePaul University builds on more than 100 years of real estate education experience. DePaul offered its first real estate class in 1913 and, since 1975, has offered real estate courses at the MBA-level. Today, DePaul offers the most comprehensive array of real estate courses available in Chicago at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The program is located on the university's Loop Campus, in the heart of Chicago's civic, business and legal communities.

Real Estate Club at DePaul

DePaul's academic programs in real estate are fully accredited and offer a solid foundation of course offerings, including real estate analysis, valuation, finance and investments.

Real estate majors are able to reach across academic boundaries to gain a practical interdisciplinary education. Students may take courses in finance, economics, public policy, geography, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, sociology and law.

Leading by Example

DePaul, the nation's largest Catholic university, has had a profound role in shaping two key areas of Chicago. A part of the Lincoln Park neighborhood since the university was founded in 1898, DePaul has served as a stabilizing force as this community grew.

DePaul also was an early pioneer in the development of the emerging South Loop, where the university located its business college in 1915 and has since added other buildings to enhance its downtown presence. The landmark Goldblatt's Building at State Street and Jackson Boulevard was transformed into the DePaul Center, the hub of DePaul's South Loop Campus, in 1993. The development was a textbook example of adaptive re-use that earned the prestigious Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Urban Land Institute.

Whether it is taught in the classroom or practiced in the urban environment, excellence in real estate is a tradition at DePaul University.


Stephen G. Bell
Clinical Professor
(312) 362-5920

James D. Shilling
Michael J. Horne Chair in Real Estate Studies
(312) 362-5921

Charles Wurtzebach
Chair and Douglas & Cynthia Crocker Endowed Director, the Real Estate Center
(312) 362-7924


Kathleen O'Hare
Associate Director
(312) 362-7211

Olinda Rios
Department Assistant
(312) 362-5905