Seventeen colleges in Ohio currently offer academic programs that may lead to state licensing; many of the academic programs can be found through certificates or associate's degrees, but some colleges also offer advanced degrees in real estate and appraisal training. Depending on the school and program, evening classes and part-time schedules may be available. Students may be asked to conclude their training with a final research project or case study.
Nine of the largest schools in Ohio offering qualifying programs are profiled below, along with a comparison table showing each college's specific degrees and tuition fees.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers over 100 different certificate and associate's programs from its three campuses spread around Cincinnati. The school's real estate certificate program consists of 30 credit hours over three semesters; students take classes in real estate law, the green realtor and business competencies in addition to a few general education courses. Real estate core courses are only offered in the evening.
Columbus State Community College
With over 20,000 undergraduates and 55 majors to choose from, Columbus State Community College is the state's largest school of its kind. It offers appraisal training through a certificate program and an associate's degree in real estate. In the associate's program, students take classes that cover all aspects of the real estate industry, including appraisal, real estate law, residential construction, microeconomics and property management. Requirements also include several general studies electives. Columbus State also offers the 4-course real estate pre-licensure certificate that qualifies individuals to take the state real estate exam.
Lakeland Community College
Located in the Cleveland suburb of Kirtland, Lakeland Community College has offered certificate and associate programs to interested individuals since 1967. The college offers a real estate pre license program, which consists of the four courses individuals must complete before being allowed to take the state license exam: real estate principles and practices, real estate finance, real estate law and real estate appraisal. These courses can all be completed in one semester or spread out over a longer period of time, depending on the individual's time constraints.
Northwest State Community College
Providing 2-year degrees and certificate programs to the individuals of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties, Northwest State Community College offers a certificate program in real estate at its Archbold campus. The 32-credit hour program is typically completed in two semesters, with individuals taking classes in financial accounting, real estate principles and real estate law, among others, in the first semester. The second semester includes courses in English composition and Microsoft applications in addition to more real estate core courses.
Ohio State University
With over 58,000 students attending its Columbus campus, Ohio State University is the largest institution of higher learning in the state. The school's real estate and urban analysis program gives students the educational requirements they need to gain licensure as a certified salesperson or broker. The 121 credit hour program includes coursework in logistics management, business finance and managerial accounting, in addition to general education coursework in math and English.
Owens Community College
Owens Community College serves the individuals of far northwestern Ohio from its Perrysburg location and offers a 10-credit certificate in real estate licensure, which consists solely of the required courses needed to meet the state requirements for becoming a salesperson.
Sinclair Community College
Sinclair Community College offers certificate and associate's programs to over 19,000 students at its Dayton campus, including programs in real estate. The associate's program features coursework in sales fundamentals, principles of microeconomics and real estate finance & appraisal. Successful completion of the exam entitles the student to the Ohio Real Estate Sales Associate Certificate, which allows the student to then take the state licensing exam. A shorter 9 credit hour certificate program also awards the same certificate to students upon completion.
Terra State Community College
Terra State Community College offers an associate's program in real estate from its Fremont campus, consisting of 68-70 credit hours and preparing students for the state licensing requirements. Core courses include small business development, marketing, personal selling and advertising; general education courses in English, math and speech are also required. To round out the real estate core at the end of their education, students must conduct a research project to serve as a capstone for the program.
University of Cincinnati
Located in Cincinnati the University of Cincinnati offers both undergraduate and graduate real estate programs through its College of Business. During the 4-year bachelor's program, students learn about appraisal theories, methods of valuing residential and income-producing property, factors that influence market value and appraisal industry trends. A class in real estate principles is a prerequisite for the real estate appraisal classes. Coursework also covers introductory and advanced business fundamentals. Graduates are qualified for careers in a variety of real estate fields, including appraisal, finance management and valuation. The university also offers an MBA program in real estate, whose classes include real estate valuation, money and capital markets, management strategy and case analysis. Focus is primarily on commercial and industrial real estate. The final class is a case-based course in which students practice the appraisal, negotiation and management of property from the perspective of a real estate firm.
The state of Ohio requires individuals interested in careers in real estate appraisal to complete at least a 4-course program in real estate pre-licensure before being allowed to take the state licensing examination.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Appraisal Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||2-year, public; large city||Real Estate Certificate|| $4,126 in-state
|Columbus State Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Real Estate Pre-Licensure Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Real Estate
| $4,284 in-state
|Lakeland Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Real Estate Pre-Licensure Program|| $4,712 in-state
|Northwest State Community College||2-year, public; distant rural||Real Estate Certificate|| $4,098 in-state
|Ohio State University||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Urban Analysis|| $10,726 in-state,
|Owens Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Real Estate Licensure Certificate|| $5,150 in-state
|Sinclair Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Associate of Applied Science in Real Estate,
Ohio Real Estate Sales Associate Short-Term Technical Certificate
| $4,004 in-state
|Terra State Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Business in Real Estate|| $4,652 in-state
|University of Cincinnati||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate,
Master of Business Administration in Real Estate
| $11,000 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator