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.


The minor is available to any undergraduate degree candidate with sophomore (or greater) standing at Cornell University, and a grade of “C” or better in HADM 3210 or HADM 4200. Please apply online.

Coursework, Connections, Careers

The real estate minor consists of these three components. They 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.




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 Fair each spring that is open to all students in the real estate minor. All students are also included in a special group within CCNet (on-campus recruiting and job posting system), which allows student access to real estate jobs with SHA employers. 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 SHA Career Management Office.


For more information, please contact Kathy Terry at realestateminor@cornell.edu.  The Minor in Real Estate Office is located in 180 Statler Hall, and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.