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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Real Estate Major, B.S.

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Department of Finance   Available Program Format(s):
College of Business    

About the Program

The Real Estate Degree is a Bachelor of Science Program within the College of Business.  Real Estate majors may either pursue a concentration in Property Management, Appraisal and Title, Real Estate Investment and Asset Management, or complete the major without a concentration by choosing from a set of courses in consultation with an advisor. The Real Estate Major, B.S., will lead to various licensure and certification options for our students. Students may add an optional International Business Concentration.

Student Outcomes

Students will receive a broad education in real estate law, the technologies used in real estate transactions, and the management of risk in the real estate industry. Our curriculum is driven with purpose to make you a well-rounded, objective, and analytical real-estate authority with the managerial skills that can help you achieve a long and lucrative career.

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in core knowledge required of real-estate practitioners.
  2. Demonstrate ability to organize, analyze and draw appropriate conclusions based on information about real estate.
  3. Apply foundation knowledge and skills necessary to identify problems and generate feasible alternatives.
  4. Demonstrate ability to apply information to recommend and justify solutions to problems in real-estate.


The College of Business B.S. programs, including Real Estate, share a common set of four cross-disciplinary core competencies, knowledge, and skills. 

Competency 1: Communication - Business students will be able to:

  • 1.1 - Communicate effectively through writing.
  • 1.2 - Communicate effectively through speaking.

Competency 2: Business Solutions - Business students will be able to analyze a business situation and recommend effective solutions utilizing:

  • 2.1 - appropriate technological frameworks.
  • 2.2 - appropriate ethical frameworks.
  • 2.3 - appropriate global frameworks.

Competency 3: Technological Agility - Business students will be  able to: 

  • 3.1 - understand the impact of current technology on the business environment. 

Competency 4: Core Knowledge - Business students will demonstrate competence in required business topics, including accounting, computer information systems, data analytics, economics, ethics, finance, marketing, management, and business law.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
  • To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate, a student must successfully complete 30 or more credit hours of business coursework at MSU Denver. This 30-hour residency requirement can be met by completing any business courses with the prefix ACC, ACCM, BNK, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT, and REL. A student must complete at least twelve (12) upper-division semester hours in Real Estate or Finance at MSU Denver.
  • In order to graduate, students must maintain a 2.0 average inside the Business Core.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required for each course in this program (i.e., major courses required or in concentration) to count toward the bachelor’s degree.
  • In order to graduate, a grade of “C-” or better is required in MGT 4950.
  • Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
  • A minor is not required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements   for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement.

College of Business Additional Requirements: 6-7 credits

Business Core: 45 credits

All business majors require foundation course work in all significant areas of business theory and practice. The following courses are required for all students majoring in Real Estate. Students must maintain a 2.0 average inside the Business Core. A student cannot register for a business core course until all General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy are complete.

Required Courses: 12 credits

A minimum grade of “C” is required for courses in the major.

Concentration Options (select one): 18 credits

Real Estate majors must pursue a concentration depending on their interest from the options listed below.

A minimum grade of “C” is required for courses in the major.

Concentration in Property Management: 18 credits

Concentration in Appraisal and Title: 18 credits

No Concentration: 18 credits

  • Select six courses from the Real Estate Electives list, four of which must have FIN or REL prefixes.

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
College of Business Additional Requirements 6-7 credits
Business Core 45 credits
Major Requirements 12 credits
Concentration Selection 18 credits
Senior Experience (counted in business core)
Unrestricted Electives 2-15 credits
Total for the Real Estate Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.


Program Modified June 30, 2023

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