Real Estate Major

Knock. Knock. That’s opportunity from Iowa’s premier 4-year real estate program at your door.

Today, there’s no greater way to ensure long-term gains than real estate. And at Iowa’s only 4-year real estate college, you’ll be in an elite group who follow cultural and business trends, who look for emerging growth areas, watch migration patterns and track markets and economic shifts…then act on behalf of investment groups, businesses, and individuals. 

UNI’s custom-designed real estate program will put you at the top of your field. We’re talking everything from investing, managing real estate portfolios and assets and developing commercial real estate to mortgage underwriting, brokerage, appraisal and more. On any given day, you can make corporate decisions involving hundreds of millions of dollars or work one-on-one with a family to find their dream home. So, if you thrive in an exciting, high-energy environment and want a business career with great upside potential, a degree in real estate could be knocking on your door.

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Our real estate graduates are prepared to meet the growing demand for real estate professionals (2020).

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No day is ever the same for real estate professionals.


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How we do real estate at UNI Business

You’ll be prepared for virtually every aspect of real estate, from mortgage underwriting and credit analysis to asset and property management, appraisal and valuation, commercial and residential brokerage. There’s no aspect you won’t experience. Making calculated business decisions is essential in real estate, so having a good business sense and a strong interest in the markets can boost your success. As the only program of its kind in Iowa, the UNI real estate program provides you with strong ties to the industry. Learn how the program's business connections have opened doors for Real Estate majors.

Be part of a vibrant network of 800 active real estate alumni nationwide

Having a good business sense and knowing the markets are just starters to a successful career in real estate. Just as important is your ability to have positive, trusted relationships, so people are confident in the decisions you make for clients. Being an intelligent business leader and a trustworthy partner is an invaluable combination. And it’s this combination that’s made UNI’s real estate major unique, powerful, and elite. You’ll learn the business side of real estate and the communications skills to develop strong, trusted relationships.


Real Estate Careers

A career in commercial real estate involves the valuation and analysis, management, acquisition and disposition or loan servicing of office buildings, shopping malls, apartment complexes or any property that is used to generate a profit. You may work with investment groups or private investors.

  • Commercial Asset Manager
  • Commercial Lender
  • Commercial Loan Servicer
  • Commercial Appraiser
  • Commercial Sales Broker
  • Agricultural Land Broker
  • Commercial Mortgage Banker
  • Property Manager
  • Commercial Developer
  • Real Estate Attorney
  • Commercial Leasing Broker

Residential real estate involves personal use of property and includes the buying, selling and loan servicing of single family homes, condominiums and acreages.

  • Abstractor
  • Appraiser
  • Association Manager
  • Closing and Escrow Agent
  • Mortgage Lender
  • Mortgage Servicer
  • Property Manager
  • Residential Broker


Real Estate Courses

Our mission is to deliver the highest quality education, create real estate career opportunities and meet the needs of the industry through a unique and hands-on commercial and residential real estate education. With classes like Real Estate Appraisal and Investment and Real Estate Finance, you'll learn how to advise, manage and invest in real estate for a successful career.

  • Courses in Real Estate include:
  • Corporation Finance
  • Principles of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Appraisal and Investment
  • Real Estate Law and Brokerage
  • Advanced Real Estate Cases
  • Intermediate Financial Management

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Top Employers

Our graduates are in demand! Whether you want to become a commercial developer or escrow agent, you’ll be getting the business knowledge and professional skills to succeed at UNI’s College of Business. 

Here are a few of the companies where our real estate alumni work:

  • Asset Management Group
  • Fayette County Assessor's Office
  • High Point Realty & Auction
  • Hubbell Realty Company
  • Hunter Companies
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Kinzler Construction Services
  • Klein Custom Homes
  • Life Care Services
  • Oakridge Real Estate
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Rally Appraisal LLC


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Beyond the Classroom

Shape your leadership skills and have some fun by joining a student organization.

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Rho Epsilon is the premier student organization for finance and real estate students and is well-respected by business professionals across the Midwest. As a member of Rho Epsilon, you’ll have access to the latest career information, attend networking events with potential employers or recruiters and increase your social interaction with other students.

UNI Finance Club

The University of Northern Iowa Finance Club is the premier student organization for finance students and is well-respected by business professionals across the Midwest. As a UNI Finance Club member, you’ll have access to the latest career information, attend networking events with potential employers or recruiters and increase your social interaction with other students who are majoring in finance.