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Advanced study in business administration and real estate is available through a dual degree program sponsored by the School of Business.

The dual degree Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Business with a concentration in real estate program allows students to earn two degrees with a minimum of 63 graduate credits rather than the 75 graduate credits necessary if the two degrees were pursued separately. This efficiency lowers the overall cost of tuition while also reducing time to earning both degrees.

Prerequisite and/or foundation courses may effectively increase the number of credits needed to earn the degrees.

Program goals

The objectives of this dual degree program are to:

  • Prepare individuals to be not just effective real estate professionals but also leaders and managers in today’s organizations
  • Provide the ability to develop and use analytical models incorporating real estate and other data for making managerial decisions to achieve strategic organizational goals
  • Develop in individuals a better understanding of functional areas in large organizations and their importance to the real estate function
  • Develop interpersonal and professional skills critical to business including communication and presentation skills, leadership and management, and situational awareness, among others  

Among the many benefits offered by participation in the dual degree program are the following:

  • Complementing the general management skills obtained in the M.B.A. with a solid specialization in real estate and real estate finance
  • Enhanced ability to effectively compete for managerial positions not just in real estate or real estate finance but across a wide spectrum of levels and areas in today’s organizations
  • Enhanced job prospects — particularly for candidates intending to switch careers or striving to move up within their organizations
  • The ability to effectively complete both degrees within a shorter time frame with considerable time and tuition savings through the 12 shared credits

The diplomas for this dual degree program may be awarded sequentially or simultaneously. Students are not required to begin both programs in the same semester, but must be enrolled in both degrees for at least one semester prior to graduation from either program for credits to be shared across programs.

Student learning outcomes

See each degree program page for student learning outcomes.

Other information


A program manager will serve as an adviser and administrative liaison for students. The assigned program manager will assist in developing a plan of study to meet the curriculum requirements of both programs. A faculty adviser from the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate will help students consider electives that will best serve their professional goals.