I am a senior at a public (flagship) school in the midwest (not a particularly well known one). Finance major. GPA is good. Have always been interested in real estate and have taken classes in it, learned relevant modeling, gotten my license and sold some residential (basically just for family). However, I don't have much internship experience in CRE, simply because I don't live in a city that has major developers or RE finance. It is very scarce here. I've interned at a small development firm, but nothing that's going to be super impressive to potential employers.
I don't see myself getting a RE job after graduation, because of my lack of experience. It makes it even harder because I am interested in potentially moving elsewhere, so networking would be difficult.
So, I am thinking of going for a masters. Probably a MSF, simply because most of the MRE/MRED programs require more experience.
My question is, are there any MSF programs known for placing well into RE? I am most interested in development/acquisitions but would be fine taking RE AM (later moving into PE), REIT, or an underwriting type gig. I don't think I could get into Vandy. Think I could get into SMU, maybe UT (heard they don't like finance majors though), WUSTL, maybe USC, etc. Do any have a good real estate presence/good OCR?
I could also apply to the TAMU real estate program, depending on what the placements are like. My concern is that if I don't want to stay in Texas and want to move to either coast or even back to the midwest, it would probably be good to have the option to do a MRE in those areas (which wouldn't be possible if I'd already done one at TAMU). However, if the TAMU placements are good and could get me into a solid position with a nationally known firm, I could possibly move to another location and get a job based on experience, without needing a MRE from somewhere local.
Thoughts? I realize I'm a little late to the game.
Sorry this is was so long. Let me know if clarification is needed.