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Pokemon Master:

I'd be aiming for Cornell or MIT with your stats.

Edit: Most RE programs are housed out of the school of professional studies.

MIT specifies 3-5 years of Real Estate experience, not just general experience. I'm not sure how stringent they are on that requirement, but part of the program being "accelerated" is an assumption of prior real estate knowledge. I agree that OP's stats are way above average though. Cornell is a good choice, although it is a two year program. That could be either taken as a positive or a negative depending.

Commercial Real Estate Developer

MIT requirements look extremely stringent. Everyone has a background in architecture, engineering or real estate in various capacities, including IBD, securitization, etc.

"The admissions committee looks for highly qualified candidates who have an extensive amount of professional Real Estate work experience (3-5 years), a strong academic background, as well as clear and focused goals and objectives. This requirement can be satisfied in any number of ways. Prior to enrolling in the program, students have been employed as brokers, construction managers, planners, architects, commercial loan officers, consultants, financial analysts, and engineers. Due to the work experience requirement, we do not admit students directly out of undergraduate studies."

The most important thing for me is to learn RE modeling in Argus, learning NYC tenancy laws, and understanding securitization/cap markets better (not just in general terms).

I'm leaning on either JHU, Columbia, or Georgetown (Gtwn only due to cost). My reasoning is that the former two are actual MS programs so I'll have access to the university job board so if my background doesn't appeal to RE groups, I can still get other finance roles.

I've seen instances where large PE firms have dipped into the I-Banks to recruit analyst. I'm only guessing, but it would be my assumption those candidates have no Argus experience. You can always take a class to get certified in Argus.


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