Real Estate Career Path

In 2023, approximately 3.7% of UCLA Anderson students graduating from the full-time program were hired into various organizations across the real estate industry in areas such as development, strategic planning and analysis, operations and finance. Companies hiring Anderson students ranged from large, diversified commercial and development companies to real estate investment trusts (REITs) and regional firms. Students can get involved with the Ziman Center for Real Estate for various industry-events and activities, and the Parker Career Management Center has helped students land positions with a median salary of $130,000, with 30% landing signing bonuses.

Where You Want to Be

The following are some of the organizations hiring UCLA Anderson MBA students in real estate (both full-time employment and summer internships):
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Students interested in real estate will learn about real estate financing and investing, as well as entrepreneurial real estate development. Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, students are also encouraged to take courses in taxation and law, as well as classes in related departments at UCLA, such as law, urban planning, public policy, architecture and civil engineering.


Sample Electives
  • Introduction to Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • Urban Real Estate Finance and Investment
  • Business Law
  • Cases in Real Estate Investments
  • Fixed Income Markets
  • Real Estate Law and Taxation
  • Real Estate Securitization: Debt
  • Real Estate Economies, Capital Markets and Securitization
  • Price Policies
  • Affordable Housing Development and Finance
  • Real Estate Economics Capital Markets and Securitization
  • Entrepreneurial Real Estate Development
  • Advanced Cases in Real Estate Entrepreneurship

Additional real estate courses are available to MBA students at the School of Law, including:

  • Environmental Law
  • Urban Housing and Community Development
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Financial Analysis
  • Recognizing and Resolving Legal Issues in Real Estate Businesses

Applied Management Research (AMR)
Sample Projects

  • Evaluated real estate investment firm's potential investment in domestic and international farmland
  • Developed a business plan for a top U.S. medical center on the funding for the construction of a simulation space near the hospital, along with a strategy to drive customers to this space
  • Examined the opportunity for a real estate investment firm focused on farmland to vertically integrate, enter into joint ventures and/or acquire packers and distributors


“The real estate program at Anderson exceeded my expectations! Between the real estate club (AREA), dedicated career resources at Parker, the real estate courses with Professors Sussman and Habibi, Days on the Job, and real estate ACT – I have been able to build a tremendous network and foundation for my career. More specifically, through AREA I have had the opportunity to build meaningful relationships both with Anderson Alumni and fellow students pursuing careers in real estate. I truly feel the real estate program at Anderson is unmatched.”

Gus Avarello ('23)

Senior Associate at Trammell Crow Company

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