The Real Estate Certificate is designed to offer students the opportunity to complement their major field of study with an additional concentration in real estate. Students completing the Real Estate Certificate will have coursework in real estate finance, valuation, environmental real estate issues and property development, as well as real estate law.

This background, when added to a business major, opens career opportunities to students in mortgage banking and commercial real estate lending, commercial leasing and brokerage, appraisal and valuation, real estate investment analysis, and property development and management.

Students may also benefit from becoming student members of the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM) and the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin (CARW) while pursuing the certificate.

Students interested in the certificate program should contact Undergraduate Student Services, Lubar Hall N297, (414) 229-5271,, to make a formal declaration of their intention.


The Real Estate certificate is open to all students in good standing seeking a bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and to all students who have previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. Business students completing a real estate certificate may utilize the courses as part of their business elective requirements. 

BUS ADM 380Introduction to Real Estate Markets3
BUS ADM 481Real Estate Finance & Asset Management3
BUS ADM 483Property Development and Management3
or ARCH 780 The Built Environment and Real Estate Development
Select two of the following courses:6
Real Estate Internship
Valuation of Real Estate
Real Estate Law
Managing and Leasing Commercial Real Estate
Introduction to Historic Preservation
Special Topics:
Special Topics:
Land Use Planning Practice
Public Sector Influence on Real Estate Development
Total Credits15

Note: Non-business majors are required to complete ECON 104 in order to fulfill requirements for this certificate. A business minor also satisfies the prerequisite coursework for non-business students.

All coursework required for the Real Estate Certificate must be completed with at least a 2.5 GPA in order to post the certificate on the transcript. At least half of the credits required for the certificate must be taken in residence at UWM. Real Estate Certificate courses may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis except for BUS ADM 389