For students who are interested in a career in real estate, only two colleges in the state currently offer degree programs in real estate. Below are short overviews of each college's real estate programs, with a school comparison table with individual degree offerings and tuition fees also provided. Programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and may include internships to help students gain practical experience.
Housatonic Community College
Housatonic Community College is located in Bridgeport and offers a certificate in property management of supportive and affordable housing. This 17 credit hour program trains students for entry level careers as real estate clerks and provides on education on interpersonal communication and basic property management law. Students cap their education by interning in a professional environment to supplement their classroom training with hands-on experience.
University of Connecticut
With nearly 25,900 students attending classes, the University of Connecticut in Storrs is by far the largest institution of higher learning in the state. Real estate classes are available to students looking to earn their Bachelor of Arts in Real Estate and Urban Economics. This 4-year program examines economics within the context of the real estate market, property laws and urban trends. Students investigate investment decisions, analyze markets and understand real estate transactions. Students in the third year of this program can participate in an internship experience where they learn more about real estate transactions. Specific course topics include real estate financing, investments, real estate securities, financial analysis, risk management and market research.
Graduate students can also take real estate classes as they earn their Doctor of Philosophy in Finance or Master of Business Administration in Real Estate. Master of Business Administration (MBA) students explore the basic practices in finance, management and business administration, while they learn how to apply them to real estate transactions and business planning. Ph.D. students, meanwhile, are trained to conduct financial research, develop strategies for business or nonprofit organizations and manage real estate portfolios. Requirements for this degree might include coursework in matrix algebra, market conditions, corporate organization and risk management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Real Estate Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-19)|
|Housatonic Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certificate in Property Management of Supportive and Affordable Housing|| $4,404 (in-state)*,
|University of Connecticut||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Real Estate and Urban Economics,
Master of Business Administration in Real Estate,
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Finance
| $15,730 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator