Real Estate

What is Real Estate?

Everyone has an opinion about real estate. Perhaps the term conjures up images of HGTV, selling houses, or famous developers. Real estate studies focus on the institutions, legal and economic principles that guide the development and shape of the communities that we live in. Studying real estate goes beyond the well-known mantra of location, location, location and seeks to answer questions such as what makes a particular location valuable, who will want to use the space, how much is the space worth, and how will it be paid for. A real estate degree or specialization will appeal to people who are curious about the environment around them and want the tools and knowledge to help shape the communities in which we will live, work and play in the future.


The Lindner Real Estate program is among the best in the nation for connecting students to the real estate industry. Experiential learning and close industry ties are the hallmarks of our program. In the classroom we encourage an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial approach to studying real estate. The Lindner program combines lectures with case studies, local site visits, mentorship, industry presentations, and national and international study tours. Leading national corporations and financial institutions recruit students from the real estate program. Further examples of our student activities and the leading corporations that partner with the program can be found by visiting the UC Real Estate Center.

Review the program outline or contact the Lindner College of Business Undergraduate Office at 513-556-7030 for more information.

Real-World Experience

Partner organizations for for co-ops and full-time placements include Macy's, Kroger, PNC, Phillips Edison, CBRE, Cushman and Wakefield, Cantor Fitzgerald, and North American Properties.

Career Possibilities

Graduates from the program pursue opportunities in brokerage, investment banking, finance, banking, appraisal, property management and redevelopment, valuation, asset management, research and corporate real estate. Many students have gone on to start their own companies. Opportunities of this program are numerous and vary greatly.

Positions include:

  • Real estate development
  • Brokerage and leasing
  • Property management
  • Urban planning and administration
  • Corporate real estate management
  • Real estate financing
  • Appraisal
  • Investment analysis
  • Asset management
  • Consulting
  • Market research
  • Feasibility analysis

Companies that have recently hired Real Estate students and graduates include PNC, Phillips Edison, Eagle Realty Group, Dwyer Commercial Real Estate, and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.

Contact us

Headshot of Gary Painter, PhD

Gary Painter, PhD

Academic Director, Professor and BEARE Chair in Real Estate

2348 Carl H. Lindner Hall