Baker Program in Real Estate

A Master’s Program Where FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT

Gain experience and develop your career with the Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate – The Baker Program.

The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate within the Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate prepares professionals with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and flexible real estate master’s degree. Through specialized concentrations, treks, internships, and the powerful Cornell network, you’ll graduate with endless opportunities in the real estate industry.

What makes the Baker Program in Real Estate different?

This two-year graduate real estate program is the most comprehensive and versatile degree of its kind. It combines concentrations, experiential learning, and an internship, which prepares and equips students with far more than what a one-year program can provide.

Offering more than five areas of concentration, and both domestic and international real estate development treks, Baker Program in Real Estate students’ knowledge and understanding of the global real estate business is second to none. You will graduate with a competitive skill set and unmatched experiences as you jumpstart your real estate career.

Baker Program in Real Estate at a glance

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Degree Awarded

Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate from Cornell University

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Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York

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Program Format

Full time and in person with a local residency requirement

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Program Schedule

Fall start; four semesters with a summer internship

Baker Program in Real Estate highlights

Whether you’re just beginning your career, or looking for ways to strengthen your real estate knowledge, or looking to make a switch into real estate, the Baker Program in Real Estate allows flexible specialization opportunities to bridge knowledge gaps and give you the specific tools you need for success. Unlike most programs, the Baker Program focuses on both the finance and development aspects within the real estate trade, giving you a comprehensive skill set to apply to your career path.

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Master's Program Curriculum: Specialized and real-world experience

With our master’s in real estate program, you’ll not only learn business principles in class, but also put them into action within the context of the real estate sector. Industry engagement is a cornerstone of the Baker Program in Real Estate with weekly seminars and a summer internship designed to foster real-world experience and connections.

More about the Baker Program in Real Estate curriculum

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A tight-knit and diverse cohort

Treks are a distinct way for real estate master’s degree students to broaden and deepen their perspective of commercial real estate. Each year, Cornell’s faculty, the largest full-time real estate faculty in the country, create treks for students to visit with local developers around the world, meet with alumni, tour domestic and global real estate landmarks, and gain practical knowledge that can be applied to any of the five Cornell real estate concentrations.

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Building your area of specialization

The Baker Program in Real Estate offers a broad range of specializations, helping students identify and hone their expertise. With concentrations in the five following areas, the choices of individualization are vast:

  • International Real Estate
  • Real Estate Consulting and Market Analysis
  • Property, Asset, and Portfolio Management
  • Development and Sustainability
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments

…or an independent concentration

Choose your own path of real estate concentration

What’s next? Learn more about the Baker Program in Real Estate admissions process.

All prospective real estate graduate students should apply to the program through the Cornell Graduate School. The Baker Program in Real Estate admissions team will review your application and credentials. If you’re just getting started, please review our admissions page to learn about the admissions process and criteria to apply, and consider attending an event or connecting with the admissions team.

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Visit Cornell University and the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration to learn more about the Baker Program in Real Estate, meet with admissions, or connect with current students.

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Connect With Admissions

Let us know you’d like to hear from us, and we’ll send you information on upcoming events, the application process, and the Baker program in general.

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Application Deadlines

Round Deadline
Round 1 December 1
Round 2 January 15
Round 3 March 1
Round 4 (Final) April 15

Applicants may be admitted, denied, or waitlisted until later in the admission cycle. Admission notifications are typically released 6-8 weeks after each deadline. All required components must be received in order for your application to be considered.

Upcoming Baker Program admissions events

Please see the bottom of the main Baker Program website for upcoming events.