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Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE)

Heller College of Business

Advance your commercial real estate career or enter the profession with the Roosevelt University Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) degree. Most MSRE students are employed in the real estate industry or a related field and this degree allows them to advance in their profession and/or firm.  Other MSRE students are entering the industry and the degree provides core “hands on” knowledge as well as networking opportunities.

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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, research, project planning, consulting, brokerage, homebuilding, 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 professional excellence with a 50-member advisory board of real estate industry leaders.  

Collete English Dixon
, Program Director

What Differentiates Us

Compete and Win

Compete and Win

Each spring, one class participates in the Harold Eisenberg Foundation Midwest Real Estate Challenge; the Roosevelt team has won four consecutive years (2013-16).

A Diverse Population

A Diverse Population

Roosevelt’s diverse population — the Midwest’s fourth most diverse (U.S. News and World Report, 2015) — prepares graduates to function in a rapidly changing urban environment.

An Inclusive Program

An Inclusive Program

Since its founding, more than half of the real estate program’s graduates are female and minority.

Expectations & Requirements


Students enter the program ready to learn, and leave prepared to succeed in the commercial real estate profession. Nearly all classes are project-focused courses that require students to analyze, conceptualize and develop solutions to live, real-world problems. Additionally, students have access to numerous professional development seminars and training programs that develop workplace skills to further advance their careers.

Sample Courses

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

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

The Roosevelt University Real Estate Club is an optional, but integral, offering for students to network with local real estate professionals. Additionally, MSRE students have access to free or discounted memberships in real estate organizations such as NAR, USGBC, NAIOP, CCIM, ICSC, ULI, CREW Network and other real estate professional organizations.


Alumnus Leo Solarte

“The MSRE program gave me the jumpstart and connections I needed to advance my career.”

Leo Solarte - MSRE 2011
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Greenstone Partners
Thomas Hamilton

"Combining theory and practice creates relevance. The focus of the Roosevelt MSRE program is to develop highly qualified and skilled commercial real estate professionals. When students leave this program, they have had the opportunity to work on numerous real-world problems using the latest technologies that the marketplace demands from its workforce. It is designed to be a fast-track program to advance one's career in the real estate industry."

Tom Hamilton, PhD, MAI, CRE, FRICS
​Gerald Fogelson Distinguished Chair in Real Estate, Roosevelt University
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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • 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. 
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