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Property Management Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Property managers handle administrative duties, financial responsibilities and property maintenance on residential or commercial real estate investment properties. Property management schools prepare the student to perform these duties efficiently.

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A property management school program provides extended education in areas such as state and federal compliance, risk management, tenant relations, accounting, maintenance and communication. Common courses also include leasing strategies, legal issues, marketing and management strategies.

Schools with Property Management Programs

Property management programs in the United States are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
University of North Texas Denton, TX 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's In-state $9,730; Out-of-state $19,090
El Camino College Torrence, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,142; Out-of-state $5,678
Ball State University Muncie, IN 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's In-state $9,498; Out-of-state $25,016
CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state $6,669; Out-of-state $13,779
Prince George's Community College Largo, MD 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $3,650; In-state $5,762; Out-of-state $8,090

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for property management schools:

  • Students interested in property management should select a school that offers a degree program in property or facilities management or features specializations in either commercial or residential management.
  • Property management degrees are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level, often through a school's business or real estate department, so students will want to decide which level fits their career goals before enrolling.
  • Students may consider schools that offer property management certificate programs if they already have a degree in another field or want more specialized training.
  • Some programs incorporate property management into real estate programs, which prepares graduates to enter multiple career fields.

Aspiring property managers can find certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree programs from a 2- or 4- year public college or university. It is possible to solely pursue property or facilities management programs, or to pursue these studies as part of real estate certificate and degree programs.

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