Real Estate

Exploring Real Estate

Whether you already work in real estate or aspire to move into the field, at Berkeley Haas you can explore this interest in select electives taught by accomplished professors in the sector. 

As your schedule allows, you may be able to participate in events hosted by the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, including networking events and forums where industry leaders discuss their career paths. The student-led Berkeley Real Estate Club enhances understanding of the sector and connects students with resources on campus and in the Bay Area professional community. The Career Management Group and the Fisher Center also provide access to the Accelerating Careers in Real Estate Program.

Sample Real Estate Coursework

  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Investment & Market Analysis
  • Land Development & Investment
  • Tech & the City: How to Get Urban Innovation Right
  • Real Estate Finance & Securitization

Experiential Learning in Real Estate

Depending on your schedule and course availability, experiential learning can add a hands-on dimension to your exploration of real estate.

Real Estate Investment Analysis

Student teams examine real cases and deliver a comprehensive analysis, encompassing concept development, a full market analysis, funding strategy, alongside entitlement and stakeholder consultation and approval strategies.

See the full list of Berkeley MBA experiential learning opportunities.  

Real Estate Faculty Spotlight

Professor Nancy E. Wallace chairs the Real Estate Group and is co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. The author of many peer-reviewed articles, she has served on the Federal Reserve System Model Validation Council and the Financial Research Advisory Committee, Office of Financial Research, U.S. Treasury.

Assistant Professor Victor Couture studies urban economics and transportation. He teaches Real Estate Investment and Market Analysis.

William Falik is a land-use attorney and developer of master planned communities in Northern California. He teaches the interdisciplinary course, Approach to Land Development and Investment, to business, law, public policy, engineering, and planning students. 

The Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics

The Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics develops students and real estate professionals. It also supports and conducts research on real estate, urban economics, the California economy, land use, and public policy.

Real Estate Co-Curriculars

The Berkeley Real Estate Club (BREC) members represent five different UC Berkeley programs; it is not only the oldest, but also one of the most active and diverse student-led clubs. BREC enables student access to the wealth of resources within Berkeley and the Bay Area professional community. 

BREC organizes an Opportunities in Real Estate Forum, career and development treks, and hosts guest speakers. Recent events include a career trek to Los Angeles, a tour of new residential properties in San Francisco, and discussions with the founders of Blok and Recity. As a BREC member, you also become a member of the Urban Land Institute and are invited to attend or volunteer at conferences and meetings organized by the Fisher Center.

Berkeley MBA real estate students and BREC members often place among the top contenders at competitions including the Bank of America Low Income Challenge, UT Austin National Real Estate Development Challenge, NAIOP Real Estate Challenge, UNC Real Estate Development Challenge, and MIT Boston Open.

Real Estate Career Support

Through the Accelerating Careers in Real Estate Program, the Berkeley Haas Alumni Network, and the Fisher Center, students build on our strong relationships to further their careers in real estate.