What will I learn?

The undergraduate division of the Department of Real Estate provides a curriculum which enables all students in the Driehaus College of Business to work and excel in the real estate community at the local and national levels, and to adapt to future changes in the industry. It provides a strong foundation for students with career goals in real estate as the demand for qualified professionals in all areas of the industry continues to escalate with changing economic factors that drive the real estate market. Competence in real estate today, and the future, requires an understanding of a wide variety of professional disciplines and their interactions. As a result, the program reaches across academic boundaries of departments and colleges to provide a truly interdisciplinary degree housed within the college. The DePaul real estate major requires finance and real estate law courses, and provides choices in economics, architecture history, public service management, geography, sociology, history and anthropology.

Students who complete the program will:

  • Develop a comprehensive body of knowledge that will strengthen financial and analytical skills, including risk analysis, portfolio construction and management, cash flow analysis, and investment strategy
  • Understand the organizational structure of financial institutions and the impact of capital markets on real estate
  • Understand the basic laws and regulations governing land use and real estate decisions
  • Be able to clearly articulate a site development strategy to all parties and agencies

Employment opportunities exist everywhere across the spectrum: ownership, brokerage, appraisal, design, insurance, inspection, leasing, management, and construction are a few. Property sectors include office, industrial, multi-family, retail, and hospitality and entertainment. Expanding the definition of real estate to consider the financial services side of real estate yields an additional list of career opportunities (mortgage lenders, mortgage brokers, underwriters, services, researchers, and others).

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Use analytical and reflective skills in decision making.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Recognize legal and ethical issues confronting them.
  • Contribute to the performance of a group within a business setting.
  • Know the differences among global economies, institutions, business practices and cultures.
  • Acquire knowledge of the functional areas of business and the interrelationships among the functional areas within a business.

​​​Program Specific Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate direct real estate investment-debt and equity.
  • Evaluate real estate securities-debt and equity
  • Understand impact of financial criteria on decision-making.
  • Explain the basic laws and regulations governing land use and real estate decisions.​

Which department am I in?

Driehaus College of Business

Study options

Full Time (192 hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,601.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 March 2020, 9 September 2020


DePaul University

Loop Campus,

1 East Jackson Blvd,



60604, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You are considered an international freshman applicant if you have been educated outside of the U.S. at any time during secondary school (high school).

For international students

You are considered an international freshman applicant if you have been educated outside of the U.S. at any time during secondary school (high school).

English Proficiency

TOEFL: 80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17; IELTS Academic: 6.5 on the IELTS Academic; PTE Academic: minimum English academic score of 53.

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About this uni

92 percent of DePaul undergraduate students enter into professional employment or continue their studies within sixth months of graduating.

  • Two campuses in Chicago, Illinois
  • 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • One of the nation’s Best Value Colleges (Forbes)
  • Over 350 student clubs and organizations