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.


  • Business Courses


    • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • City and Regional Planning

    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.

  • Construction Systems Management

    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.

  • Law

    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 takes a practical, “hands on” approach to the multi-faceted area of real estate development law. Case studies based on actual, “real world” projects serve as the backdrop for examining the myriad of legal disciplines that a real estate development lawyer needs to master in order to be successful. Disciplines explored 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.

    • LAW 8500 - Landlord/Tenant Law

    This course provides a survey of residential landlord and tenant law with a primary focus on Ohio law. The course briefly looks at the federal law regarding fair housing and subsidized housing issues. The course focuses on practical applications of the law and is primarily taught using problems, hypothetical scenarios and through role play.

    • LAW 8609 - Commercial Leasing

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