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Real Estate Finance & Investment (MBA)

Real Estate Finance & Investment (MBA)
Real Estate Finance & Investment (MBA)

Train to be a leader in global real estate

DePaul's MBA in Real Estate Finance and Investment will prepare you for leadership in the rapidly changing world of global real estate. Learn how to manage complex real estate transactions by understanding every aspect of the industry, including finance and real estate investing, taxation, development, investment sales and capital market analysis.

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Study real estate in the city that pioneered the skyscraper

Chicago’s developing real estate landscape is your classroom--and our campus is located where the city’s civic, business and legal communities meet. You’ll become proficient in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions, urban planning, financing and operations while watching all of it happen around you.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall August 15 August 15
Winter December 1 October 1
Spring March 1 February 1
Summer June 1 April 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, letters of recommendation and​ résumé.

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Required Courses

You’ll take MBA core courses and three to five electives.

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Tier One

The DePaul MBA was ranked Tier One in North America in CEO Magazine’s 2017 global business school rankings


The median reported salary of 2018 Real Estate MBA program graduates was $75,000

Faculty with a global impact

Faculty members within the Real Estate Investment MBA program include James D. Shilling, George Ruff Endowed Chair in the Real Estate Center, who has completed research that explores housing and real estate investment trends that impact home buyers, investors, and the real estate industry. He has presented these findings to academic and business professionals around the world, and you'll have the opportunity to work with him.

“DePaul’s program structure was very efficient. It allowed me to transition easily into commercial real estate from another industry, and that is really what I was looking for. Ultimately I wanted to gain the knowledge in the classroom that I was going to be able to use in the real world.”

Derek (MBA ’13)
Senior Vice President, JLL

Derek, DePaul Real Estate MBA alum  

Alumni Network

Join our strong network of DePaul alumni who are active in the real estate industry. Networking opportunities abound with the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance (DREAA), the student mentorship program, and high-profile Real Estate Center conferences.

Flexible formats to work with any lifestyle

Full-time Day MBA for early-career professionals or career changers. Classes offered during the day.
Evening MBA for established professionals in need of flexibility. Classes are in the evenings.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Kellstadt awarded more than $3 million to incoming students last year. Students in the Real Estate program are also eligible for numerous industry-sponsored scholarships. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at (312) 362-8810 or

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