I am a first year acquisition and development analyst at a well-known development company. I work in the condo/apartment group underwriting deals in 4 major markets and am gathering research to enter a 5th. My experience has been great so far, but I am also looking towards my future goals and what I want to achieve. My current goal is to work at a large REPE shop/Asset Manager performing debt/equity investments in real estate developments.
Over the next couple of months I plan to start studying for the GRE and GMAT, but am wondering if I should focus on a MBA or MS's? Some advice I received is I should do REIB for a summer then transition into REPE, but I don't have an interest in underwriting portfolios - I like specific deal investing.
Can anyone shed light on how what program I should enter? How long should I wait before applying? Is 26-27 too late? I've only been in my position for 7-8 months so should I look to work at a different firm before rotating applying?