Undergraduate Minor in Real Estate

Preparing for a career in Real Estate

The Real Estate Minor at Cornell University prepares students for careers in the commercial real estate industry amidst ongoing changes in both the U.S. and international capital markets and the nature of real estate ownership. This field of study focuses on various career paths, including real estate investment, development, mortgage lending and finance, asset and property management, consulting, structured finance, and real estate transaction support. Cornell University is renowned for its expertise in commercial real estate, offering a strong foundation for a rewarding career in the field.


The minor is available to any undergraduate degree candidate at Cornell University who has completed their first year. Please apply online.

Coursework, Connections, Careers

The Real Estate Minor consists of three essential components: coursework, connections, and careers. These components synergistically equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and networking opportunities to thrive as real estate professionals. Graduates of the program can pursue various positions, including asset management analyst at a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), acquisitions analyst at a real estate private equity fund, financial analyst at a Wall Street firm or real estate brokerage, an associate at a Real Estate Advisory or Consulting firm, loan origination and underwriting roles at commercial and investment banks, and acquisitions analysis positions at pension fund advisors. Moreover, the minor provides a strong foundation for further career development in the real estate industry.



Cornell’s Rubacha department of real estate, 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.  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 Nolan School of Hotel Administration organizes a Real Estate Career Fair each spring that is open to all students in the Minor in Real Estate. All students are also included in a special group within HandShake (on-campus recruiting and job posting system), which allows students access to real estate jobs. Freshman and sophomore students in the Minor are asked to use their “home” career office; juniors and seniors from all Cornell colleges have limited access to a real estate specialist in the Nolan School of Hotel Administration’s Career Management Office.


For more information, please contact the Real Estate Minor Coordinator at realestateminor@cornell.edu.