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Top Online Real Estate Schools: List of Schools

A program in real estate trains students in the buying, selling, investing and managing of residential and commercial properties. Find out about rankings and program offerings for the top schools with online real estate programs.

Online real estate programs can be found at a small number of schools across the U.S. Most programs confer certificates, but there are also bachelor's and master's level programs available.

School Overviews

Three of the best schools for online real estate programs are Cornell University, the University of Denver (DU) and Marylhurst University. We've included these schools due to their rank by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 or high level of degree programs offered.

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

School Highlight: The Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management Certificate program lasts just three months with short two-week courses.

Cornell University was ranked the 15th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The online Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management Certificate program is offered through the School of Hotel Administration. It is designed for business development professionals, commercial brokers and lenders. The 6-course series includes classes in financial analysis of hotel investments, control of hotel real estate and development of an asset management strategy.

University of Denver in Colorado

School Highlight: In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Denver among the top 100 universities and its Daniels College of Business 21st among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs in the nation.

The Daniels College of Business offers an online Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment program designed for working professionals interested in advancing in real estate, integrated project delivery and property development. Students are able to complete the program in 18 months to five years. While most classes are offered online, the program requires one three-day course on the campus.

DU also has an Executive Graduate Certificate in Real Estate and the Built Environment program for experienced professionals interested in furthering their knowledge of property development, integrated project delivery and real estate. The online program requires completion of four courses that total 16 credits. With an approved application, students can apply certificate courses toward the online Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment.

Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, OR

School Highlight: The university offers an online bachelor's degree in real estate and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with three real estate concentrations from which to choose.

At the undergraduate level, Marylhurst offers an online Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Studies. Students in this program take general liberal arts courses alongside real estate-focused classes in topics like appraisal and property management. At the graduate level, Marylhurst offers an online MBA in Real Estate program, which combines advanced business coursework with specialized training for a job in real estate. In total, students take twelve five-week courses and one ten-week course.

Top Online Real Estate Programs

Here are two more schools that offer online real estate programs:

  • Through Blinn College in Brenham, TX, the online real estate certificate program can be completed in one semester.
  • The University of Texas at Arlington offers online real estate courses that fulfill the Texas licensure requirement for real estate sales.

Although online real estate programs are relatively uncommon, there are some highly-regarded universities that offer relevant programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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