Real Estate Finance & Development

Whenever you’re downtown, do you ever look up at a building and wonder how it got there? How it started and the hoops that were jumped through in order for it to be constructed? If you’re interested in how it all began and the business oversight that goes into managing real estate, then you may want to major in Real Estate Finance and Development.

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UTSA’s Real Estate Finance and Development Program

UTSA’s Real Estate Finance and Development degree is grounded on a firm academic foundation along with building strong connections with leaders in the real estate industry. The program allows for multidisciplinary and specialized real estate training and will emphasize industry engagement and applied activities. The coursework involves accounting, management and finance tailored specifically to real estate. After graduating, you will be able to explore career opportunities in areas like financial analysis, market analysis, mortgage banking, real estate development and real estate investment.

What You’ll Learn

As a Real Estate Finance & Development major, you’ll have the option of learning a business competency as you work toward completing your degree. These competencies are available through elective courses and aim to develop a greater set of marketable skills for business majors. The competencies available for Real Estate Finance & Development majors are analytics, entrepreneurship, international business, leading change, modeling and risk management.

Careers in Real Estate and Finance Development

Top job titles for Real Estate and Finance Development graduates include:

• Real Estate Agent
• Financial Analyst
• Property Manager
• Business Development Manager
• Project Manager
• Financial Manager
• Construction Manager

Real Estate and Finance Development and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. More than 144,000 real estate and finance development-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Real Estate and Finance Development Graduates

Real Estate and Finance Development is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of real estate and finance development-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Real Estate Agent and Broker Offices
• Activities Related to Real Estate
• Depository Credit Intermediation
• Financial Investment Activities
• Lessors of Real Estate
• Insurance Carriers

Salaries for Real Estate and Finance Development Graduates

The salary range for open real estate and finance development-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $40,287
median $65,066
top 10% $104,615

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Real Estate and Finance Development Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Real Estate and Finance Development graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Real Estate and Finance Development may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are a good planner
• You are detail oriented
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems

Scholarships Offered:

  • BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
    • Declared major in the College of Business at the undergraduate level
    • Must be enrolled full time, pursuing a degree in Real Estate Finance and Development
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  • Commercial Real Estate Women – San Antonio Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared undergraduate or graduate real estate finance and development major in the College of Business
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Davis Equity Realty Annual Scholarship
    • Pursuing a degree in real estate finance and development at graduate or undergraduate level in the College of Business
    • Minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average for graduate students and 2.50 cumulative grade point average for undergraduate students
  • NORMAN DUGAS SCHOLARSHIP IN REAL ESTATE FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT
    • Pursuing a degree in the College of Business at the undergraduate level
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average
    • Pursuing a career in the real estate industry
  • Real Estate Council of San Antonio Leadership Development Endowment
    • Pursuing a degree in real estate finance and development (or its equivalent) at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • San Antonio Building Owners & Managers Association, Inc./Charlotte Rainford Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared major in real estate finance and development at the undergraduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • The Jesse Baker Endowed Construction Managemen
    • Pursuing a degree in construction management or real estate finance and development at the undergraduate or graduate level in the College of Business
    • Minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average
  • Warner F. Fassinidge Endowed Scholarship in Real Estate Finance and Development
    • Declared undergraduate major in real estate finance and development in the College of Business
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Warner F. Fassinidge Supplement Account
    • Declared undergraduate major in real estate finance and development in the College of Business
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

Student Life 

As a Real Estate Finance & Development major, you’ll have the option of learning a business competency as you work toward completing your degree. These competencies are available through elective courses and aim to develop a greater set of marketable skills for business majors. The competencies available for Real Estate Finance & Development majors are analytics, entrepreneurship, international business, leading change, modeling and risk management. The coursework involves accounting, management and finance tailored specifically to real estate. After graduating, you will be able to explore career opportunities in areas like financial analysis, market analysis, mortgage banking, real estate development and real estate investment. Students studying Real Estate Finance & Development may consider becoming involved in:

  • National Association of Homebuilders Student Chapter at UTSA

Student Spotlight

Chandler Owen ’19

Real Estate Finance & Development Major

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