Best M7 MBA Program for REPE

What is the best, straight cut dry best, M7 MBA program for Real Estate? Not looking to debate the mba vs MSRE thing here, just want to here opinions on best MBA program.

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May 8, 2020 - 1:47pm

Either Wharton or Columbia.

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May 8, 2020 - 9:19pm

Thank you for the actually useful response. Any specific reasons why? Just most funds recruit out of there?

May 9, 2020 - 8:59am

Curricular resources, clubs and conferences. At CBS, engagement with industry leaders for immersion seminars and master classes as well as cross-pollination with MSRE program. I've worked with clients applying to business school who have investigated resources across M7. HBS has resources as well but with the number of electives there, you can pursue anything.

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May 8, 2020 - 10:09pm

Wharton is the most well known for real estate for sure, but realistically you're not going to have any problem whatsoever placing in REPE from any M7 school if you network and interview well.

May 9, 2020 - 5:51pm

Wharton has the biggest cred in real estate overall, they have an actual real estate dept within Wharton. At Columbia and Harvard, real estate is technically taught in the architecture schools.

The Zell Laurie center at Wharton is very well known. I'm in NYC, and I think I find more Wharton people around here at all the big firms than any other, followed by HBS/Columbia (granted, these are east coast programs so.....)

If you are wanting to be on the west coast... Stanford and Berkeley are prob top picks.

May 9, 2020 - 8:27pm

I've worked with either in firm or with someone I was trying to partner with (also folks I worked with Pre-MBA and where they ended up): Columbia, Wharton, HBS, Stanford, Berkeley (me), Kellogg, MIT, Darden, USC, UCLA, Texas, Wisconsin

Frankly it didn't matter that much, they could all place (and others I didn't mention). There are some rare roles like first time MD in a new market (say international for development) that might end up going to someone with over the top credentials at age 30 or so (speaks 5 languages) with a HBS or Stanford MBA or whatever (I've seen one-offs like MIT); I've seen that weighting. Run of the mill REPE, seen a diversity of MBA programs place.

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May 9, 2020 - 10:25pm

Not M7 but Georgetown's McDonough School also gives excellent placement into REPE, dev firms, etc.

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May 10, 2020 - 10:06am

That's pretty surprising, I thought MIT was supposed to have a pretty well known real estate dept. Feel like they especially put out a load of real estate centered research

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