Hey everybody, I am new to the forum but have been reading the WSO for about two years.
A little bit about myself and why I have decided to post a discussion. I graduated college this past May 2017. Graduated with an overall GPA of 3.40 and my last 60 hours I have a 3.7 GPA.
Have prior experience in Real Estate: through internships, have my license (work as a Residential Agent / Property Manager for the past year and a half), was president of my Real Estate Club in school which I basically started, etc.
I was brought up in the residential field (parents own a brokerage but for vacation rentals (mostly)). Naturally I thought that the way to go was the residential field because I was told this from my parents. Looking and learning more about the different spectrums in Real Estate I have found a new passion and love for commercial RE (love the numbers, complexity, etc. I am a math geek and love real estate so it mashes up really good). I have no prior experience in commercial (reason why I am looking for an internship at the moment), but would like peoples thought on MSRE/MSRED programs because even though it is debt, I want to invest in myself and I know that I will get a good ROI in the long run because of it, especially taking into consideration how the industry is moving.
I have narrowed down my top 5 to (Order does not mean they are in order of ranking):
-University of Florida MSRE
-Texas A&M MSRE
-Georgia State University MSRE
Future goals are to have a position in the financial side in Real Estate or the development side (other reason why I want to do the masters to see more about the industry and see what exactly I want to do). Have networked with professionals through professional organizations and from what I have learned acquisitions, analyst, capital markets, development are some of the areas I may focus; at least at first.
Places were I would like to work in are:
-Texas (more yes than no)
-Tennesse / Georgia (Iffy but open to it)
If there are any other programs you would advice or say it is not worth it to apply to one of those 5 for this reason I would greatly appreciate it. Hope I could get answers from a lot of people because it would be greatly appreciated. Have seen a lot of answers and knowledge from people like @CRE , @cre123 . Hope I could at least get the pros and cons of each program, which would you say is the best for my criteria and if more information is needed to answer in more detail.