Real estate is not just about the financial product, it is about the physical environment and its effect on the shape and nature of communities we live in, it is about policies and their impact on economic development of a city or region, it is about design – in other words, it is a rich and exciting eco-system offering students many opportunities.  To reflect the true nature of real estate, the real estate education our students receive emphasizes interdisciplinary blend of theory and practice, providing students not only with the fundamental knowledge of the financial aspects of real estate real estate, but also ability to solve complex problems and communicate their ideas effectively. Below you will find information about courses being offered throughout The Ohio State University, what degrees are offered by Fisher College of Business and what case competitions our students compete in on annual basis.

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Fisher College of Business offers real estate degree programs for graduate students and undergraduate students.


Within the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) Program we offer the Real Estate Management Career Track. It is tailored to preparing students for a wide range of professional career paths in real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate operating companies, real estate development, financial institutions, investment banks, consulting firms, and e-commerce startups. Consisting of three core courses, students are also encouraged to take courses in City and Regional Planning, Law, Geography, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Resources.


Announcing new Real Estate Minor for spring 2016!

We are thrilled to announce that as of Spring 2016 we are creating a new interdisciplinary minor in real estate.The objectives of the new minor are to provide students with an opportunity to complement their major studies with a specialization in real estate; to engage students from a variety of departments to create an interdisciplinary classroom experience; and to prepare students for the various employment opportunities in the field of real estate. As you can see from the minor summary sheet, the minor is a 15-credit minor with two required courses and three electives that can be taken at Fisher, City and Regional Planning or Construction Science Management. If you would like to find out more, please contact Jana Hrdinova at

Real Estate and Urban Analysis Major

The undergraduate major, Real Estate and Urban Analysis, builds upon two years of liberal arts education and the business core of accounting, finance, marketing, management, and quantitative methods. Undergraduate real estate majors take real estate finance, investment analysis, and appraisal with courses in real estate law and principles available. Students are encouraged to supplement their major with urban economics, urban geography, city and regional planning, and other courses.

We take advantage of the size and expertise of The Ohio State University. Through an interdisciplinary collaboration our students can take courses in business, urban planning, law, architecture, construction management, engineering, environmental resources, and geography. All are taught by world-class faculty in their own area of expertise.

We have created a list of suggested  courses to enhance student’s education in real estate. Please remember that all courses should be taken with the consultation of your academic advisor to tailor the best education plan for you.  For any of the courses offered outside the Fisher College of Business inquiries about enrollment permission, when courses are offered, who the instructor is, etc. should be directed to the school or college which administers the course.

Expand any of the boxes below to learn more about each course type.


7240 Real Estate I

Term: Spring I
Provides in-depth exposure to the dynamics of the real estate development process including ground-up development and re-development. Topics covered include market analysis, site acquisition, due diligence, zoning, entitlements, approvals, site planning, building design, construction, financing, leasing, ongoing management and disposition and related property laws. Additional topics include analysis and evaluation of the similarities and differences of traditional real estate product types. Emphasis is on concise analysis and decision making. The course will utilize experiential teaching methodologies by creating diverse teams of students to analyze and solve real development cases in Central Ohio. Students will be required to make a group presentation of their development proposal. Prereq or concur: MBA 6221 or 6222.

7240 Real Estate II

Term: Spring II
Provides an overview of real estate valuation and advanced fundamentals of real estate finance. It will cover topics fundamental to the valuation of real estate, including the process, procedures and valuation methods. The course focuses on the valuation of income-producing properties. Advanced topics in valuation are presented. Topics include real estate capital markets, equity vehicles (REITs) securitization and the proliferation of securitized debt (MBS, CMBS and CDO) and mortgage-related instruments (mortgage derivatives). It emphasizes a conceptual framework for decision making in the uncertain environment of real estate markets. Prereq or concur: MBA 6221 or 6222.

5402 Real Estate Valuation

Term: Spring
Professor: Matt Sheridan
This real estate valuation and financial modeling course will cover existing income producing property as well as ground up construction. Topics include market analysis, comparable valuation, income valuation, cost valuation, real estate finance, expense reimbursements, budget development, and pro-forma modeling. The course will utilize Argus DCF, the industry accepted real estate specific financial modeling software.


3400 Introduction to Real Estate

Term: Autumn and Spring
Professor: Paul Weinstock
Provides a basic overview of the Real Estate Industry. Topics covered include finance, law, property management, land planning and acquisition, urban economics and green development. Available to business and non-business majors. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 or 2002.01.

4410 Real Estate Finance

Term: Spring
Professor: Paul Weinstock
Fundamentals of Real Estate Analysis: Particular focus is on sources and methods of obtaining funds, project feasibility, valuation of distressed assets, appraisal and municipal finance. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, BusFin 3220, 3400, & 3500.

4411 Real Estate Management

Term: Spring
Professor: Paul Krimm
Examines Property Management for all types of Real Estate Assets. Topics include finance, acquisition, construction, budgets, sales and marketing, leasing, negotiation and environmental issues. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, 3220, 3500, & 3400.

4412 Real Estate Law

Term: Spring
Professor: Paul Weinstock 
Examines the major legal and ethical aspects of real estate transactions, contracts, brokerage, leases and environmental law. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, BusFin 3220, 3400, & 3500.

4413 Real Estate Planning & Development

Term: Spring
Professor: TBA
Provides a comprehensive look at the development process, from identifying an opportunity through to the finished product. Teams will work on a current site-based development case study that will encourage real world applications to real estate theory and strategic collaboration. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, BusFin 3220, 3400, & 3500.

5402 Real Estate Valuation

Term: Spring
Professor: Matt Sheridan
This real estate valuation and financial modeling course will cover existing income producing property as well as ground up construction. Topics include market analysis, comparable valuation, income valuation, cost valuation, real estate finance, expense reimbursements, budget development, and pro-forma modeling. The course will utilize Argus DCF, the industry accepted real estate specific financial modeling software.

The Knowlton School of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning, which compliments more traditional business education. Below you will find only selected classes - for a full list of courses offered please visit their course listing

 Undergraduate courses

  • CRPLAN 2110: Creating Innovative Cities and Regions

    Successful cities rely on innovation to keep them forward moving. Emerging trends and unmet market needs are studied to generate innovative planning solutions.

  • CRPLAN 3100: Analyzing the City

    Spatial, economic, and demographic tools aid in forecasting the future of cities and regions. These tools serve as a foundation for imagining the future.

  • CRPLAN 3400: Planning for Sustainable Economic Development
    Understand the intersection of economics, theenvironment, and development in order to use planning tools to promote sustainable economic development.
  • CRPLAN 3600: Land Development
    This course examines the various aspects of land development in the U.S. context. The land development process often begins with an idea to create a new community or development. However, in order for any development to be successful, the project must be economically viable and attractive to consumers. Developers and planners need to understand the local market, and developers will need to target buyers if they want to create a successful project. It is necessary for those involved in the land development process to understand the market demand for specific types of projects. Students in this course will be required to create a proposal for development of a site in the Columbus area, figuring out and considering all factors of the land development process including market analysis, financing the project, site planning, engineering and implementation.


Graduate courses

  • CRPLAN 5001 - Introduction to GIS
    Introduction to the basic principles of geographic information systems and their use in spatial analysis and information management.
  • CRPLAN 6010: Innovation in City and Regional Planning
    Successful cities are innovative and forward thinking. Challenges students to focus on generation of truly innovative ideas to improve cities and regions.
  • CRPLAN 6400: Site Planning and Development
    Effective site planning can lead to the development of a strong community. Learn the design, environmental and infrastructure elements that are needed to generate a feasible development project.
  • CRPLAN 6430: Urban Design

    Vibrant cities contribute to quality of life, through urban design and urban form. Site analysis, context sensitive design and impacts of design choices are explored.

  • CRPLAN 6460: Real Estate Finance for Planners

    Realize plans by understanding the financial mechanisms to fund projects. Explore how public - private partnerships create opportunities for affordable housing, downtown revitalization, and neighborhood improvement.


College of Engineering - Hitchcock Hall
The College of Engineering is consistently ranked among the top engineering schools in the nation. They offer 13 undergraduate and 17 graduate engineering programs through the 11 engineering departments, as well as two undergraduate and three graduate degrees from the Knowlton School of Architecture.

CIVIL EN 540 Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems U G 4

Basic concepts and methods of systems engineering and applications to civil engineering problems in transportation and water resources planning, structural design, and construction management.4 cl. Prereq: Civil En 405. Not open to students with credit for Civil En 540. Cross-listed in Environmental Engineering.

CIVIL EN 570 Transportation Engineering and Analysis U G 4

Term: Winter
Introduction to topics in transportation engineering and analysis; geometric design, traffic flow, freeway capacity, traffic signals, demand-performance equilibrium, pricing, and design under uncertainty. 4 cl. Prereq: Eng Mech 430 or Mech Eng 430; prereq or concur: Civil En 405, minimum CPHR of 2.00, and standing as civil en major, or written permission of dept chairperson.

CIVIL EN 604 Terrain Analysis U G 4

Term: Autumn
Principles and applications of photo pattern analysis, geologic and geomorphologic patterns, terrain studies, and land use suitability and capability mapping. 3 cl, 1 3-hr lab. Prereq: 405 or Survey 450 or equiv with written permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Geod Sci 604. Cross-listed in Geodetic Science.

CIVIL EN 607 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems U G 5

Term: Autumn
Basic principles of geographic and land information systems and their use in spatial analysis and information management. 3 cl, 1 3-hr lab. Prereq: Sr standing. Not open to students with credit for Geog 685; or 607 in C&R Plan, Geod Sci, Geog, Geol Sci, or Nat Res. Cross-listed in City and Regional Planning, Geodetic Science, Geography, Geological Sciences, and Natural Resources.

CIVIL EN 685 Deterministic Construction Estimating and Pricing U G 4

Term: Autumn
Generally accepted models and methods of estimating and pricing; identification of causes of underestimating and under pricing. 2 2-hr cl. Prereq: 576.

CIVIL EN 686 Construction Contracts and Claims U G 4

Term: Spring
Contract documents and specifications; formulation of contracts; offer, acceptance, breach, and damages; responsibilities and liabilities; claims; labor agreements. 2 2-hr cl. Prereq or concur: 576 or equiv with written permission of instructor.

CIVIL EN 760 Civil and Environmental Engineering Planning U G 5

Water resource planning process, benefit-cost analysis; environmental, economic, and social impacts of civil engineering projects; project selection; and case studies in water resources, transportation, and energy. 5 cl. Prereq: 516 or Civil En 516. Not open to students with credit for Civil En 760. Odd years. Cross-listed in Environmental Engineering.

For more information on Civil Engineering Courses contact:
Hazel A. Morrow-Jones
Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Education
Associate Professor for Department of City and Regional Planning
165 Hitchcock Hall
(614) 292-1027

Construction Systems Management (CSM) is the planning, construction, and management of dwellings, service structures, and other permanent facilities. The systems approach to curriculum in the CSM specialty provides understanding of land acquisition and development, social, environmental and legal factors, as well as financial management and marketing. It provides students with a background in the technical and managerial aspects of construction.

  • CONSYSM 3450: Estimating for Construction

    Reading and interpretation of construction drawings and specifications for construction projects. Estimating the material requirements and costs of building construction projects using commercially available estimating tools.

  • CONSYSM 3451: Scheduling Construction Projects

    Planning, scheduling and tracking of construction project elements including management of time, resources, cost and safety.

  • CSM 4641: Construction Project Management

    This course focuses on the management of standard commercial/residential construction projects, including planning, resource management, schedule management, financial management, cost control, risk management, and labor relations. Completing projects on schedule, within budget and according to specifications is a constant focus. This course also introduces new management concepts and emerging information technology applications in construction.

  • CSM 4642: Construction Control - Contracts and Documents

    The course looks at a systems approach to a complete set of construction documents. The basic elements, principles of and requirements for contracts and documents used in the construction industry to control commercial and residential projects will be discussed and applied. Among the topics for discussion will be the documents used to control a construction project, the contract delivery methods, contract payment methods, subcontractor and supply contracts, bidding procedures, negotiating claims, disputes and payments, administering contracts, controlling change, and monitoring quality control. Insurance, bonding and other responsibilities of owners and contractors will also be reviewed and practiced.

  • CSM 5670: Green Building and Sustainable Construction

    The course provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand, evaluate, select and adopt sustainable design and construction strategies and applications in the areas of site selection and land use, energy and water conservation, renewable energy systems, green building materials and products, construction waste management, indoor environmental quality and other environmental and economic issues related to sustainable built environments.

The Moritz College of Law offers a number of classes relevant to the real estate industry.  Classes at the College of Law are only available to graduate students.

LAW 6112 – Property Law

This course examines traditional and modern concepts of property, including ownership, the creation of interests held in personal and real property, the transfer of such interests, and private and public restrictions upon the use of property. While much of the course will focus on issues involving the possession, ownership, and use of land by private parties, topics covered may also include property rights in ideas, body parts, and other intangibles; zoning; protection of minority or economically disadvantaged groups; or eminent domain.

LAW 8600: Real Estate Finance

The course covers two major areas: real estate transactions and real estate finance. The transactions portion covers real estate contracts, rights and liabilities of real estate brokers and the recording acts. The finance portion examines advanced real estate financing, emphasizing mortgages, deeds of trust, installment land contracts, rights and remedies of borrowers and lenders, and contemporary financing innovations.

LAW 8603: Real Estate Development

The course will take a practical, “hands on” approach to the multi-faceted area of real estate development law. Case studies based on actual, “real world” projects will serve as the backdrop for our examination of the myriad of legal disciplines that a real estate development lawyer needs to master in order to be successful. Disciplines explored will range from traditional real estate topics such as the leasing, acquisition and conveyance of real property to tax, partnership, bankruptcy, environmental, finance, ethics and public policy considerations.

We will examine the role a lawyer plays during each stage of the life cycle of a real estate project, with particular emphasis being placed on how a lawyer’s actions and judgments can serve to enhance (or detract from) the ultimate success of a real estate deal.  Mock negotiations by students (utilizing the actual documents used on the projects on which the case studies are based) and presentations by guest speakers from around the real estate world (lawyers, developers and governmental representatives) will be among the techniques used to teach students to think like real estate development lawyers.

LAW 8500 - Landlord/Tenant Law

This course will provide a survey of residential landlord and tenant law with a primary focus on Ohio law. The course will briefly look at the federal law regarding fair housing and subsidized housing issues. The course will focus on practical applications of the law and will primarily be taught using problems, hypothetical scenarios and through role play. Students will be graded on participation, attendance and practice related written components.

LAW 8609 - Commercial Leasing

The course will be a focused study of the various business and legal considerations which drive the leasing of a commercial real estate project. We will examine the material provisions of a variety of lease documents, including office, industrial, retail and ground leases. The students will be given ample opportunity throughout the semester to review, negotiate, draft and revise the provisions of a commercial real estate lease.

For more information on Real Estate Law Courses contact:
Rick Daley
Senior Lecturer in Law
Drinko 255P
(614) 292-4328

Case competitions are an integral part of real estate education as they provide students with experiential learning opportunities. Case competitions offer students an opportunity to test their ability to develop innovative solutions to complex real estate case studies designed to simulate actual industry environment. Student teams consist of typically four to six students and compete against others in developing real estate proposals and presenting them to a panel of judges. Case competitions give student unprecedented opportunity to build their social and professional networks, while gaining invaluable resume-building experience.

Our students compete annually in several prestigious real estate case competitions on the graduate and undergraduate level that take place in the spring semester. The Center provides students with financial support for case competitions taking place out-of-state.

The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition is one of the most prestigious real estate case competitions in the world. We regularly field several teams and partner with the Knowlton School of Architecture and our local ULI chapter to provide professional mentors to each team. The recrcuitment process for the ULI competition generally begins in the fall semester, with the competition taking place first few weeks of January. The teams are composed of 5-6 students from various departments, including business, urban and regional planning, architecture, public policy and others. The teams work with their industry mentors over the period of two weeks on formulating their proposals. One of our Ohio State teams earned an honorable mention at the 2014 competition.

View Ohio State entries from past years:

The annual Villanova Real Estate Challenge for undergraduate students is organized by the the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova University. The teams consist of four undergraduate students, generally from the business school as this case competition is geared more toward the financial aspect of real estate.  Recruitment for the case competition team begins generally in January to enable students to apply for university funding in support of their participation. The Ohio State University team placed third in 2014.

The USC Marshall School of Business International Case Competition is open by invitation only to colleges and universities with undergraduate business real estate programs. The competition is held on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in the April timeframe. Participating teams are composed of 4-6 students and compete for cash prizes in oral and written presentations that address a real-world real estate problem. Recruitment for the case competition team begins generally in January to enable students to apply for university funding in support of their participation.