Roosevelt University's Wabash tower and Auditorium building in Chicago


Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Master's

The MSRE is a specialized degree tailored to enhance a student's knowledge of the industry with a complete curriculum of real estate courses (10 real estate courses with three core classes and seven electives) versus the MBA program with the majority of general business classes and only 3-4 real estate electives.  The curriculum provides the academic and practical knowledge necessary to achieve success in wide range of real estate fields: commercial development, property management, finance, market analysis, project management, consulting, brokerage, and others.

This specialized MSRE program is centered around both the Chicago School of Real Estate and the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate with a twin focus: academic excellence with multiple endowed chairs and industry-experienced faculty, and professional excellence with a 50-member advisory board of real estate industry leaders.  

Collete English Dixon
, Program Director

What Differentiates Us

Resource for Success

Resource for Success

Access to industry leaders in the classroom and on the Advisory Board; Active industry association engagement; Mentoring and Internship assistance; Professional Development classes

A Diverse and Inclusive Environment

A Diverse and Inclusive Environment

Roosevelt’s diverse student population — the Midwest’s third most diverse (U.S. News and World Report, 2018) — prepares graduates to function in a rapidly changing urban environment.

Flexible Scheduling

Flexible Scheduling

Classes are scheduled in the evenings to facilitate work and life calendars; Semester course timing allows for time to fully engage in learning; Students can attend as on a part-time or full-time basis

Quality Education at a Great Value

Quality Education at a Great Value

Roosevelt University’s tuition for the real estate degree programs is a great value when compared to other similar programs. The high-caliber courses, combined with the extensive student and alumni resources, provide a compelling package at a very attractive cost and there are numerous scholarships available to assist students with their financial obligations for the degree.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Students enter the program ready to learn, and leave prepared to succeed in the real estate industry. Many classes are project-focused courses that require students to analyze, conceptualize and develop solutions to real-world, built-environment issues. Additionally, students have access to numerous professional development courses and programs that hone workplace skills to support further success.

Sample Courses

  • Real Estate Process
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Marketing and Management
  • Design and Feasibility
  • Real Estate Valuation

Outcomes

Attractive industry salaries

Graduates from the real estate programs at Roosevelt University can expect starting salaries for many entry-level roles to exceed $50,000 per year.

Job opportunities

Each year, more than 100 entry-level jobs are filled by students from schools outside of Chicago. These roles are available for Roosevelt University students upon completion of their degree program.

Chicago real estate companies are hiring Roosevelt University students

Graduates from the Roosevelt University real estate programs have gone on to work for many Chicago real estate firms and other real estate-related companies, including (but not limited to): Duke Realty; JLL; Chicago Public Schools; Greenstone Partners; Cushman & Wakefield; DL3 Realty; Chicago Community Investment Corporation; Inland Realty Trust


More Opportunities

Real Estate Scholarships

Applications are open. The deadline for applying for Fall 2018 grants is June 30, 2018. Applicants for all scholarships administered by the Marshall Bennett Institute will be pursuing a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) or a Master of Business Administration - Real Estate (MBA/RE).

All scholarship applicants must sign the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate FERPA consent form, granting access to their education records by the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate scholarship committee members.  This form will stay in effect through graduation.  Please include this form with your scholarship submissions.

You can also find more information on scholarships for graduate business students

The Duke Realty Fund For Education And Advancement of Minorities And Women in Real Estate - The DREAM Fund

The establishment of the DREAM Fund at MBIRE was led by James Connor, CEO of Duke Realty and the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Leadership Award. The goal of the DREAM Fund Scholarship is to support diversity as well as overall excellence in the real estate industry.  It seeks to educate, financially assist and support students, particularly those interested in industrial real estate.  The scholarship also provides mentoring, access to job opportunities at Duke Realty, and an annual luncheon.  This Fund provides an annual scholarship grant of $2,500 per semester for up to 4 semesters (a total of $10,000) as long as the student fulfills the requirements of the scholarship. View the Fact Sheet

Winston E. Kennedy Endowed Real Estate Scholarship

The Winston Kennedy Scholarship was established in memory of Winston Kennedy, a former president of the Chicago Association of Realtors. The fund seeks to educate and financially assist a student who is also qualified to work with the Institute or the Heller College of Business as a graduate assistant to one of the faculty of the real estate program over the course of a single, academic year. This grant of $7,500 is not renewable without application. 

John Newman Real Estate Scholarship

The John Newman Scholarship was established by John Newman, a former president of the Specialty Banking Division of LaSalle Bank and the 2007 recipient of the Lifetime Leadership Award. The fund is to educate and financially assist a student who is also approved to work with the Institute or the Heller College of Business as a graduate assistant to one of the faculty of the real estate program over the course of a single academic year. This grant of $7,500 is not renewable without application.

James P. Grusecki and Northern Builders, Inc. Scholarship for Future Leaders in Industrial Real Estate Fund

James Grusecki, who is Chairman of Northern Builders, was recognized as the 2011 Lifetime Leadership Award recipient and has established this fund to educate, financially assist and support early and mid-career persons in leadership track positions in the Chicago industrial real estate sector. This Fund provides an annual scholarship grant of $2,500 per semester for up to 4 semesters (a total of $10,000)  as long as the student fulfills the requirements of the scholarship. Students receiving this scholarship will be expected to actively participate in the Society of Industrial Realtors (SIOR) during their studies. View the Fact Sheet

Panovich Opportunity Fund for Real Estate Education

C. Michelle Panovich, Principal and Executive Vice President of Mid-America Asset Management, was recognized in 2013 with the Lifetime Leadership Award for more than 30 years of leadership in the real estate industry.  This fund was established to provide scholarships and other support services to those who otherwise might not have the opportunity to obtain a graduate real estate degree.  An interest in the retail real estate sector would be a “plus” for the student applying for this scholarship. This Fund provides an annual scholarship grant of $2,500 per semester for up to 4 semesters (a total of $10,000)  as long as the student fulfills the requirements of the scholarship. View the Fact Sheet

The Teresa and Hipolito Roldan Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Hispanic Leaders in Real Estate  

Hipolito Roldan, President, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation (HHDC) oversees a wide range of community development activities. Mr. Roldan was also the 2007 recipient of the Lifetime Leadership Award.  HHDC seeks to stabilize and enhance Latino communities by developing, managing and investing in ventures that increase the availability of affordable housing, promote economic opportunity and enhance the quality of life. This scholarship is designed to give opportunities to Hispanic students to obtain a graduate degree that combines academic and "hands on" experience in community development and real estate. This Fund provides an annual scholarship grant of $2,500 per semester for up to 4 semesters (a total of $10,000)  as long as the student fulfills the requirements of the scholarship. View the Fact Sheet

Clubs & Activities

The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate Real Estate Club is an opportunity for students to network with local real estate professionals. 

MSRE and MBA-RE students have access to student memberships in real estate organizations such as NAR, USGBC, NAIOP, CCIM, ICSC, ULI, and other real estate professional organizations.

MSRE and MBA-RE students are provided free registration to attend all events hosted by the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate.

Testimonials

Thomas A. Allen

The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate has been instrumental in elevating my real estate career to the next level. The robust curriculum, supportive alumni network, accessible advisory board members and numerous opportunities to connect with the nation's leading industry professionals has been transformative.

Thomas A. Allen - MSRE '19
Paige Steers

“The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt has an extremely well-connected community of top leaders in the industry who recognize what a quality education in real estate specifically gives you. There’s a diversity of person and gender and entrepreneurial thought that Roosevelt signs up for, and social community of intelligence that’s in their ethos.”

Paige Steers - MSRE '09
Senior Vice President, JLL
Admission
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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.