Baruch MBA vs. NYU MSRE

So I'm beginning the hunt of grad school for 2021 and want to hear your guys' input. Would you take a Baruch College MBA over an NYU MSRE? I've yet to determine if I want CRE for a career, which is why I am considering an MBA.

Pros for Baruch are: cheap AF tuition, like $40k for an MBA (unheard of), located in NYC, decently strong alumni in CRE and allows for concentration in RE finance (should I choose to stay), diverse student base, "best ROI for an MBA"

Cons for Baruch: ranked like 60-something in US News, not as respected as NYU Stern or Columbia, heard campus and employees are dirty/mean, lack of campus feel

Now we all (should) know about NYU so I won't list the pros and cons for that, but reminder that NYU MSRE costs around $90-$100k JUST for an MSRE...

Comments (20)

  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
May 5, 2020 - 1:36pm

Easy. If you don't know if you want a career in CRE, then definitely go for the MBA. That will give you the option to stay in CRE or go to other areas of the business world.

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May 5, 2020 - 2:07pm

Baruch has a solid reputation in NYC, definitely a value+. NYU is well known int'l and probably has the largest real estate alumni network in the world (it's a large program and been around decades).

There is also a new MSRE being offered by Fordham from their Columbus Circle location, it is mostly former NYU professors and administrators. They are basically copying the NYU program but are much cheaper (clearly NYU > Fordham overall, but Fordham is super solid for NYC rep purposes and a better value).

I think you should figure out whether RE is really where you want to stay. The NYU program is pricier, but frankly will open doors that few other degrees can. If you don't need that, then don't pay for it unless you just want the fancier name on your resume.

  • Analyst 2 in RE - Comm
May 5, 2020 - 2:21pm

Thanks man, you give out a lot of great advice so just want that to be known.

Now, I think I'm set on CRE for the remainder of my 20s (I'm freshly 25) and maybe into the early 30s. I want to see if I can get into REPE or BB originations in the next couple of years which is why I prompted this question.

I just don't know if I want if I want CRE forever. Part of me wants to leave the business world behind at some point, but I can't see that far out right now. Does your answer remain the same given the additional info?

May 5, 2020 - 2:37pm

I appreciate the complement!

With the extra detail added, I will add this..

Grad degrees (just like UG) will have declining personal value with time. Meaning, they are most valuable to you upon graduation and then slowly have less marginal impact. This is actually good, because your career progression takes over and you are viewed as way valuable due to your experience/track record.

Thus, if you are interested in 'flexibility' after like 5 or 10 years, the grad degree you get will have little meaning. The network can matter for a lifetime, but whether it was an MSRE or MBA will be totally or nearly meaningless.

This is not say you shouldn't get an MBA now, just that I would really focus on the degree/school that will most propel you over the next five years.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 6, 2020 - 12:10am

NYU. The school will open you doors that Baruch cannot even dream of.

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