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2018-2019

Real Estate

School of Business

 
Program description

The major in real estate prepares students for the graduate-level study of real estate, economics and finance, as well as careers in land development, brokerage, valuation and investment counseling, site analysis and selection, real property management, mortgage lending, and bank trust and corporate real estate departments, in addition to other real estate-related careers in the public and private sectors.

Career opportunities

The Kornblau Real Estate Program at VCU helps students gain a solid understanding of the disciplines, skills and ethics required in today's real estate profession.  We can help you define your ideal career path through site visits to real estate developments and one-on-one access to industry mentors. And we continue to support our graduates as they seek licenses and professional designations. Our programs prepare you for careers in mortgage lending, development, investments, brokerage and sales, valuation and property management.

Change of major requirements

Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of the Business Foundation coursework, as outlined here: http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/business/undergraduate-information/shared-curriculum/


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
  • Bureau Managers for Public owned property
  • Inspector Government Property
  • Loan Officer- Residential and Commercial
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Sales Agent
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200
  • SCMA 302
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5 to declare, 2.0 to graduate
Department name:
Kornblau Real Estate Program
Building/room location:
Snead Hall, Room B4134
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1721
Email:
realestate@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Take Math Placement and register for math classes each semester until you complete SCMA 302.
  • Earn at least a 2.5 semester GPA and 15 credits per semester to declare your major at the end of your second year and graduate in 4 years.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Register to vote in Virginia and explore Richmond, including its museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events!
  • Apply to live in the ASPiRE, Globe, INNOVATE, or LEAD Living & Learning Programs.
  • Get involved with VCU Student Government or one of over 450 clubs and organizations.
  • Attend two or three School of Business events.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs(OMSA) website for programs, events, and resources.
  • Join a living-learning program such as VCU Globe.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers/job titles in your field of study.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities. 
  • Take Winning Presentations to develop the public speaking and communication skills employers want.
  • Meet Robert Taylor and start attending the Real Estate Trends Conference.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor, to identify and schedule pre-professional experiences.
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.
  • Make sure to take INFO 165 and FIRE 305.
  • Be prepared for a challenging year of ACCT, ECON and math classes. Use tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
  • Take summer or winter intersession classes to make up credits, if needed.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a social issue (ConnectVA & HandsOnRVA). 
  • Explore peer leadership opportunities or apply for I-LEAD Connect, Alternative Spring Break or become a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, or Student Ambassador.
  • Learn more about VCU’s Student Leadership and Civic Engagement Center.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
  • Investigate spending a summer abroad with the International Consulting Program.
  • Consider learning a language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and go to drop-ins at Business Career Services to have it reviewed.
  • Attend Black & Gold Academy, Career & Internship Fairs, and career events throughout the year. 
  • Plan to complete at least 2 internships before the start of your 4th year.
  • Attend the Real Estate Trends Conference.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Participate in Explore Informational Interviews and Connect Mentoring Program through Office of Student Engagement.
  • Apply for Real Estate scholarships in the spring. 
  • Join related student organizations such as Rho Epsilon, Alpha Sigma Gamma, or CREW.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • See your advisor each semester to discuss degree progression and plans for elective coursework.
  • Take FIRE 311 & 312. Careful! FIRE 325 is a spring only course.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in FIRE 305, FIRE 311, FIRE 325, FIRE 425, FIRE 435 and FIRE 445, and a min. GPA of 2.0 in the real estate major electives.
  • Cultivate relationships with professors who can serve as references by attending their office hours.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Research social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.
  • Create and complete a community-engaged research project.
  • Attend civic meetings, such as school board, neighborhood associations, city council, or state legislative sessions.  
  • Become a tutor in the Campus Learning Center.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office.  
  • Experience VCU’s richness of diversity by attending VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Mentor a new student at the Real Estate Trends Conference.
  • Network in the Real Estate Circle of Excellence and the Association of Real Estate Alumni.
  • Gain additional professional skills on Lynda.com.
  • Use Handshake to apply to part-time jobs, internships, and externships to gain practical and relevant experience.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Create a job or graduate school search strategy by researching potential employers and schools.
  • Research professional certifications needed for your field.
  • Apply for Real Estate scholarships in the spring.
  • Learn to solve problems in Creativity and Ideation.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Take FIRE 425 and FIRE 435 in fall, FIRE 445 in spring.
  • Talk with Robert Taylor about which electives are best for your career goals.
  • Complete the BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
  • Take MGMT 434 in your final semester. Be aware of the multiple prereqs!
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Join groups on LinkedIn connected to your future career. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider applying for a year-long service opportunity after graduation through programs like VCU AmeriCorps, Literacy Lab, Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Teach for America, and City Year.
  • Serve in a leadership role of a local community organization or student organization.
  • Consider jobs in the nonprofit sector, B Corps, or SCRs.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Complete at least one internship during your senior year at an employer where you would like to work.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend the Real Estate Trends Conference.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have your personal statement or cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview at Business Career Services.  
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Talk with Mr. Taylor about mentorship and shadowing opportunities.
  • Attend the VCU Business Career Fair.
  • Attend the Real Estate Trends Conference.
  • Complete necessary exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for your next steps beyond graduation.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2018-2019

Real Estate

School of Business

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Take Math Placement and register for math classes each semester until you complete SCMA 302.
  • Earn at least a 2.5 semester GPA and 15 credits per semester to declare your major at the end of your second year and graduate in 4 years.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor, to identify and schedule pre-professional experiences.
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people.
Experience Year 2
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.
  • Make sure to take INFO 165 and FIRE 305
  • Be prepared for a challenging year of ACCT, ECON and math classes. Use tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
  • Take summer or winter intersession classes to make up credits, if needed.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
Year 3
  • See your advisor each semester to discuss degree progression and plans for elective coursework.
  • Take FIRE 311 & 312. Careful! FIRE 325 is a spring only course.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in FIRE 305, FIRE 311, FIRE 325, FIRE 425, FIRE 435 and FIRE 445, and a min. GPA of 2.0 in the real estate major electives.
  • Cultivate relationships with professors who can serve as references by attending their office hours.
  • Create a job or graduate school search strategy by researching potential employers and schools.
  • Research professional certifications needed for your field.
  • Apply for Real Estate scholarships in the spring.
  • Learn to solve problems in Creativity and Ideation
Excel Year 4
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Take FIRE 425 and FIRE 435 in fall, FIRE 445 in spring.
  • Talk with Robert Taylor about which electives are best for your career goals.
  • Complete the BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
  • Take MGMT 434 in your final semester. Be aware of the multiple prereqs!
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Complete at least one internship during your senior year at an employer where you would like to work.
  • Talk with Mr. Taylor about mentorship and shadowing opportunities.
  • Attend the VCU Business Career Fair
  • Attend the Real Estate Trends Conference
  • Complete necessary exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for your next steps beyond graduation.