Undergraduate Minor in Real Estate

The real estate minor is designed to prepare students for careers in the commercial real estate industry. Both the U.S. and international capital markets are undergoing fundamental changes, as is the nature of real estate ownership. This minor field of study at Cornell specifically focuses on careers as a real estate investor, in real estate finance, in real estate consulting, in structured finance, and in real estate transaction support. Cornell University is at the forefront of knowledge in commercial real estate and will help prepare you for a rewarding career.

Detailed information on the real estate minor for current students is in the Current Students section.

Preparing for a career in Real Estate

The real estate minor consists of three components: coursework, connections, and careers. These combine to help students obtain the necessary knowledge, skills, and contacts for careers as real estate investment professionals. Some examples of these positions include: asset management analyst with a REIT, acquisitions analyst in a real estate PE fund, financial analyst with a Wall Street firm or real estate broker, associate with a Real Estate Advisory/Consulting firm, loan origination and underwriting with commercial and investment banks, and acquisitions analysis with pension fund advisors. In addition, the minor provides a foundation for a career developing and owning real estate.

Coursework, Connections, Careers


The Center for Real Estate and Finance, the Cornell Career Services office, the real estate faculty, and the Real Estate Club help students by providing industry networking, facilitating the search for summer internships and for permanent jobs. The minor sponsors events on a regular basis to help expose students to various segments of the real estate industry. These events include ARGUS training twice per year and a hotel valuation seminar once per year. Students selecting the real estate minor will have the opportunity to participate in annual Cornell-sponsored real estate events.


All students will have the opportunity to participate in career-planning activities provided through Cornell's career services offices. The School of Hotel Administration (SHA) organizes a Real Estate Career Day each fall that is open to all students in the real estate minor. All students are able to find jobs and internships specifically seeking Real Estate minors in Handshake, the online recruiting platform. Freshman and sophomore students in the minor are able to get assistance from their “home” career office; juniors and seniors from all Cornell colleges have limited access to a real estate specialist in the SHA Career Management Office.