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Various 2- and 4-year public colleges and universities in Alabama offer real estate training. Some schools offer undergraduate certificate or degree programs with a specialization in real estate. Courses designed specifically to prepare students for the Alabama real estate licensing exam are also available. Other programs are designed for aspiring brokers or real estate training instructors. In addition, some schools offer continuing education courses to existing industry professionals. Some courses are available online.
An overview of Alabama schools with real estate license programs is below, followed by a table with school and tuition information.
Auburn University in Auburn offers a variety of online courses for students who plan to become real estate professionals. These offerings include a pre-license and a post-license real estate course, a pre-license real estate broker course and continuing education real estate courses that cover various topics, such as federal law and commercial real estate, ethics in real estate, pricing property to sell and green home construction. This school offers real estate appraisal and inspection courses as well. Auburn University also provides 12 hours of training for instructors who will be teaching risk management to licensed realtors. This training is conducted onsite at the Hyundai Training Center in Montgomery.
Jacksonville State University
The Office of Continuing Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville offers online real estate courses. Students who want to obtain a real estate sales license can complete the Alabama sales pre-license course that qualifies them to take the state licensing exam. They can also take an exam preparation course that covers topics that may appear on that licensing exam. A sales post-license course and a broker pre-license course are also available online.
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus
Birmingham's Lawson State Community College offers a 17-credit real estate certificate program that requires general studies in addition to real estate courses. Students complete 12 credits in communication, math, accounting and basic computer coursework. The real estate core consists of courses on real estate principles and law in addition to an independent study course. This program prepares students to take the Alabama Real Estate Commission Examination.
The University of Alabama
Students enrolled at The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration in Tuscaloosa have the option to choose a real estate specialization. The real estate courses cover topics like real and personal property law, real estate appraisal and finance, real estate property management and income property valuation. This specialization requires students to complete 4 courses, and students are qualified to take the Alabama Real Estate Salesperson License Exam after completing 2 of these courses.
Troy University - Dothan Campus
Troy University provides a course at its Dothan campus that prepares students to take the license examination to sell real estate. This is a continuing education program, and students receive 6 continuing education units when they complete the course. Classes meet 2 evenings a week for approximately 2 months.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has a bachelor's program in finance that offers a real estate concentration. The curriculum includes courses on real estate investment analysis and valuation, equity portfolio management, real estate principles and management of financial intermediaries. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in all major courses, and an overall grade point average of C is required to graduate.
University of South Alabama
Located in Mobile, the University of South Alabama offers a bachelor's degree program with a real estate concentration. Students in this program must complete the courses required for a major in economics or finance before enrolling in the real estate concentration. The real estate courses provide instruction on real estate finance and investments, real estate valuation, and real estate law.
A real estate salesperson license is required to sell real estate in Alabama. To obtain this license, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident at least 19 years of age with a high school diploma or GED. The person must complete a 60-hour pre-license course and pass the licensing exam within 12 months after taking the course to receive a temporary license. To obtain the permanent license, a 30-hour course must be completed within 12 months of receiving the temporary license. A person who has committed a felony or had a real estate license rejected or revoked within the past two years is ineligible for licensure.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Program Costs (2015-2016)|
|Auburn University||4-year, public; small city||Alabama Real Estate Pre-license Course,
Alabama Real Estate Post-license Course,
Continuing Education Real Estate Courses,
Alabama Real Estate Broker Pre-license Course,
Alabama Real Estate Commission Instructor Training
|Costs range from $40 to $399 per course*|
|Jacksonville State University||4-year, public; small suburb||Alabama Real Estate Sales Pre-license Course,
Alabama Real Estate Broker Pre-license Course,
Alabama Real Estate Post-license Course
|Costs range from $59 to $395 per course**|
|Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus||2-year, public; midsize city||Real Estate Certificate||$4,320 in-state; $7,770 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition and fees)***|
|The University of Alabama||4-year, public; small city||Real Estate Program||$10,170 in-state; $25,950 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition and fees)***|
|Troy University - Dothan Campus||4-year, public; rural fringe||Introduction to Real Estate||$325****|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Finance with Real Estate Concentration||$7,766 in-state; $17,654 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition and fees)***|
|University of South Alabama||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics/Finance with Real Estate Concentration||$7,332 in-state; $14,364 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition and fees)***|
Sources: *Auburn University, **Jacksonville State University ***NCES College Navigator, ****Troy University.