There are many paths to a successful career in the apartment industry.  Many people find their way into the sector after getting a bachelor’s degree in finance, marketing, history, psychology, etc.  In other words, they don’t necessarily go to school with the stated goal of going into real estate.  That’s the good news.  You don’t have to have a specialized degree to succeed in apartments.

But if you know you are interested in a career in real estate, there are an increasing number of undergraduate and graduate degrees that offer concentrations in real estate.  They can range from business degrees with a real estate focus, degrees in construction management and degrees in property management.

This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good starting place to explore some of the variety of institutions that offer real estate -related programs.  In addition to college-based programs, there are also industry certification and training programs that can help you develop the specific skills and knowledge to help you succeed.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

The American University
Graduate programs

Arizona State University 
Graduate programs

Auburn University 
Graduate programs

Ball State University

Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificate program. Known for its apartment/residential management degrees and close connection with the industry.

Baruch College
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

Baylor University
Undergraduate programs

California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona
Undergraduate Certificate programs

California State University, Northridge
Undergraduate programs

Central Michigan University
 Undergraduate programs

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
 Undergraduate Certificate programs

Clemson University
Graduate programs

Colorado State University
Undergraduate programs

Columbia Business School
Graduate programs

Cornell University 
Graduate programs with concentrations in investment, development, sustainable development, finance, marketing and market analysis and more.

DePaul University
 Undergraduate, Graduate programs

Emory University
 Graduate programs

Florida State University
 Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificate programs

George Mason University
Graduate programs

Georgetown University
Graduate programs

Georgia State University
Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, Certificate programs

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Graduate programs

Indiana University, Bloomington
Undergraduate programs

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Graduate program with specializations development, investment management, valuation and appraisal and more.

Marquette University 
Undergraduate programs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
One-year program in real estate development

Monmouth University 
Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificate programs

New York University
Undergraduate and Graduate programs in real estate and construction management

Northwestern University
Graduate programs

The Ohio State University 
Undergraduate programs

Old Dominion University 
Undergraduate programs

Penn State University 
Undergraduate, Doctoral programs

Portland State University 
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

San Diego State University 
Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, Certificate programs

Southern Methodist University
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

Syracuse University
Undergraduate programs

Temple University 
Undergraduate programs

Texas A & M University 
Graduate programs

Texas Christian University
Undergraduate programs

Texas Tech University 
Undergraduate programs

Tulane University
Graduate programs

University of Alabama 
Undergraduate programs

University of Baltimore

Undergraduate programs

University of California, Berkeley 
Graduate, Doctoral programs

University of California, Los Angeles 
Graduate programs

University of Central Florida
Undergraduate programs

University of Cincinnati 
Undergraduate programs

University of Colorado 
Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificate programs

University of Connecticut 
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

University of Denver
Undergraduate (Minor only), Graduate and Certificate programs, including programming in real estate and construction management.

University of Florida 
Undergraduate (Minor only), Graduate programs

University of Georgia
Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral programs

University of Indianapolis
Master program

University of Maryland
Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, Certificate programs

University of Memphis
Undergraduate, Certificate programs

University of Miami
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

University of Mississippi
Undergraduate programs

University of Missouri, Columbia
Undergraduate programs

University of North Carolina
Graduate programs

University of North Carolina Charlotte
Graduate, Certificate programs

University of North Florida 
Undergraduate programs

University of North Texas
Undergraduate programs

University of Pennsylvania at Wharton 
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

University of San Diego 
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

University of South Carolina
Undergraduate programs

University of Southern California 
Undergraduate, Certificate programs

University of Southern Mississippi
Undergraduate programs

University of Texas at Arlington
Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificate programs

University of Texas at Austin
Graduate, Certificate programs

University of Texas at San Antonio 
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

University of Utah 
Graduate program

University of Washington 
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

University of West Georgia 
Undergraduate programs

University of Wisconsin 
Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral programs

Villanova University
Undergraduate (Minor only) programs

Virginia Commonwealth University 
Undergraduate, Graduate programs

Virginia Tech 
Undergraduate programs, including a nationally recognized program in residential property management

Wichita State University 
Undergraduate programs

York University 
Graduate program

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

The National Apartment Association (NAA) and Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) provide career development programs to help newcomers to the industry learn the skills necessary to succeed. In addition, courses are available for those already in the industry looking to further their career objectives.

NAA

NAA’s Education Institute (NAAEI) offers several certification/designation programs, and many of the courses are offered online to help individuals get started or advance their careers within the industry.  Their designations include:

IREM

IREM offers a wide variety of educational programs for professionals of every experience level, from on-site managers to corporate executives. Its credentials include: