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Escrow Officer Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Escrow officers serve as neutral third parties in real estate transactions, mediating interactions between buyers, sellers, lenders and other interested individuals. Relevant education for aspiring professionals is available through real estate programs.

Real estate programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Aspiring escrow officers can find programs at two-year colleges and four-year universities around the country.

10 Real Estate Programs

Here is a table that lists a few schools that offer real estate programs. The table also lists where the schools are found, what level of programs they offer and their average tuition.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral* $49,536 (undergraduate) $31,068 (graduate)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 4-year, Public Bachelor's & Master's* $10,415 (in-state, undergraduate) $10,728 (in-state, graduate)
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's* $11,622 (in-state, undergraduate)
University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Master's & Doctoral** $11,220 (in-state, graduate)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate & Master's* $47,750 (undergraduate), $38,592 (graduate)
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral** $13,366 (in-state, undergraduate), $13,026 (in-state, graduate)
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's/Master's (combined) & Master's** $6,381 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,770 (in-state, graduate)
University of Illinois--Urbana Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Master's** $15,023 (in-state, graduate)
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate & Masters* $50,277 (undergraduate), $39,984 (graduate)
University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Certificate & Master's** $9,806 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,934 (in-state, graduate)

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

School Selection Criteria

Aspiring escrow officers should consider the following:

  • Students may want to find a school that offers a real estate program with courses in escrow to prepare for their career.
  • Students who are considering undergraduate real estate programs may want to find out what the pass rates are for graduates on state licensure exams.
  • In programs that require internships, prospective students may want to find out if the school offers internships with working escrow officers.
  • Prospective graduate students who are considering research-based PhD programs may want to find out if faculty members at the school are conducting research related to escrow work.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs in real estate provide the basic coursework needed to take the Real Estate Broker License Exam and a variety of liberal arts courses that provide aspiring escrow officers with a more well-rounded education. These programs take two years to complete and cover topics such as business communications, escrow procedures and appraisal procedures. Students may also be required to complete a practicum in the field.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Real Estate programs prepare students for real estate licensure, but they also include more advanced studies in topics such as real estate economics, strategic management and real estate law. Students may also be required to complete a real-world internship prior to graduation.

Master's Degree Programs

Professional master's degree programs in real estate prepare students for leadership positions in the field through advanced real estate coursework and hands-on internships. There are also schools that offer Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs with a specialization in real estate. These programs include core business courses alongside real estate-focused electives in topics such as financial analysis, securitization, real estate development and investment strategy.

Doctoral Degree Programs

Escrow officers do not need a PhD to practice, but doctoral programs can allow interested students to pursue advanced doctoral research in an area related to the work they do. In addition to taking advanced real estate courses, PhD candidates write a dissertation in a real estate subfield, and they may be required to fulfill teaching requirements. Graduates typically pursue careers as university professors.

Certificate Programs

Real estate certificates are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate certificate programs typically provide the basic coursework necessary for specific licensure exams, such as the Real Estate Sales or Real Estate Broker exams. There are also schools that offer graduate certificate programs that include courses in advanced subjects such as real estate market analysis, public policy and architecture. These programs may be available online in order to meet the needs of working professionals who want to boost their careers.

Aspiring escrow officers can get relevant education through undergraduate and graduate-level real estate programs. It is important to consider curriculum and internship opportunities when choosing between schools.


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