Department of Finance Chairperson: Anthony Pennington-Cross, Ph.D.
Department of Finance website

We train you to become a commercial real estate professional. Real Estate professionals answer questions such as--will a new coffee shop, condo or industrial complex thrive in this neighborhood? Marquette real estate majors work across the country from coast to coast for consulting firms, commercial banks, brokerage companies and development firms, among others. The opportunities are boundless!

Real Estate Major

Required Courses:

REAL 4002Commercial Real Estate Finance3
REAL 4120Cases in Commercial Real Estate3
REAL 4130Commercial Real Estate Development3
Two of the following:6
Commercial Real Estate Valuation
Advanced Real Estate Analysis
Topics in Real Estate
Seminar in Real Estate
Real Estate Internship - Grading Period
Advanced Financial Management
Investment Analysis
Urban and Regional Economics
Analysis of Corporate Financial Statements
Introduction to Construction Management
Four Business electives 12
Total Credit Hours27

Courses

REAL 3001. Introduction to Commercial Real Estate. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides the students with an understanding of the principles of property economics and finance, land use regulations and laws and contractual agreements (including for purchase and use of property) that govern commercial real estate. The acquisition, valuation and use of debt on commercial real estate is about the purchase of the site and improvements and the “bundle of rights” to do certain things with them. Prereq: ECON 1103, ACCO 1030.

REAL 3986. Internship Work Period. 0 cr. hrs.

SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Jr. stndg., cons. of prog. dir. and cons. of Business Career Center.

REAL 4002. Commercial Real Estate Finance. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of real estate finance, real estate investment, and the operation of the real estate capital markets. The objective of the course is to understand the many sources and uses of capital in the commercial real estate industry. The course begins with the mechanics of mortgage finance, followed by a detailed presentation of mortgage underwriting, lender ratios, and discounted cash flow analysis. Prereq: FINA 3001.

REAL 4110. Commercial Real Estate Valuation. 3 cr. hrs.

This course uses the "three approaches" to value process to estimate the fair market value a commercial building in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The primary focus of this course is on an applied market analysis and the lease-by-lease modeling of tenant income for a commercial property as part of the income approach to value. The sales comparison and cost approaches to value are included in the course and are part of a narrative appraisal. Prereq: REAL 3001 or concurrent enrollment.

REAL 4120. Cases in Commercial Real Estate. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on the applied analysis of commercial real estate. Emphasizes the analysis of real estate for purchase, development or financing across the major real estate investment sub-areas (apartments, office, retail and warehouse/distribution). The objective is to take conceptual real estate knowledge and apply it to Harvard Business School and Milwaukee Area cases. Knowledge from the many required finance, marketing, real estate, accounting and other business and economics courses is used to analyze the cases. Prereq: REAL 3001; REAL 4130; REAL 4002, which may be taken concurrently.

REAL 4130. Commercial Real Estate Development. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides students with an in depth examination of the real estate development process. Focuses on the physical and analytical tools necessary in the real estate development process including: finding the development opportunity, land acquisition/site analysis, building design and public approvals, legal, market analysis, project management, construction, leasing and financing Prereq: REAL 3001; REAL 4002 which may be taken concurrently.

REAL 4330. Advanced Real Estate Analysis. 3 cr. hrs.

Prepares students for two case competitions in which Marquette University participates. Students prepare to analyze, write a report and present a development/redevelopment proposal for a track of land or existing building. Students also prepare by reviewing the previous year’s Eisenberg and NAIOP cases and completing additional assignments. Each team meets twice per week to work with case advisers and team members. Prereq: REAL 3001, REAL 4130; REAL 4002, which may be taken concurrently; cons. of instr.

REAL 4931. Topics in Real Estate. 3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: REAL 3001.

REAL 4953. Seminar in Real Estate. 3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: REAL 3001.

REAL 4986. Real Estate Internship - Grading Period. 3 cr. hrs.

S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Jr. stndg., cons. of prog. dir. and cons. of Business Career Center. REAL 3986 or concurrent enrollment.

REAL 4995. Independent Study in Real Estate. 1-4 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.