Center for Real Estate Education‌

Iowa's premier four-year real estate education program.

A UNI real estate degree will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career in commercial or residential real estate, mortgage underwriting, asset management, brokerage and appraisal- to name a few. You may help make decisions involving tens of millions of dollars on a commercial building or a mortgage, or help a family find their dream home. No two days are ever the same.

Good business sense and an understanding of markets are essential for success in real estate. Therefore, learning how to make intelligent decisions is an important aspect of the real estate major.

As the only program of its kind in Iowa, UNI's real estate program has strong ties to the real estate industry. There are over 800 real estate alumni nationwide who currently work in real estate, many of whom are still active in the program. Many of our students go on to work with or for alumni who graduated with a finance or real estate degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Art Cox teaching university of northern Iowa real estate students

Commercial & Residential 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. Residential real estate involves buying, selling and servicing loans for single-family homes, condominiums and acreages.

Commercial Careers

  • Commercial Asset Manager
  • Commercial Lender
  • Commercial Appraiser
  • Commercial Sales Broker
  • Agricultural Land Broker
  • Commercial Mortgage Banker

  • Property Manager

  • Commercial Developer

Residential Careers

  • Abstractor

  • Appraiser

  • Association Manager

  • Closing and Escrow Agent

  • Mortgage Lender

  • Mortgage Servicer

  • Property Manager

  • Residential Broker

The income potential varies by discipline, but most entry-level jobs in the Midwest start in the $40,000 to $65,000 range.  Salary/bonuses can increase substantially as experience and network base grows.  Six-figure income/sales are attainable.  Brokerage and development careers will likely offer the most long-term income potential but come with more volatility earlier in your career.

“There's lots of different things that you can do in real estate. That variety appeals to a lot of people. Every building that exists, somebody had to visualize that building and then they had to create it, so there's a bunch of steps that happen along the way.”
Arthur CoxProfessor of Finance

Real Estate Curriculum

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.

Real estate courses include:

  • Principles of Real Estate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Legal and Social Environment of Business
  • Real Estate Law and Brokerage
  • Intermediate Financial Management
  • Real Estate Appraisal and Investment
  • Operations Management
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Management

View Real Estate Major Courses

View Real Estate Courses - Minor for Business Majors

View Real Estate Courses - Minor for Non-Business Majors

The key to post-graduate success is to get involved in major-specific activities outside of the classroom.

UNI Rho Epsilon Real Estate Club logoThe student real estate club is an integral part of your real estate education. Through networking events, conferences and competitions, you'll learn more about careers in real estate and open doors for potential internships and employment after graduation.

The Finance Club is the perfect way to learn more about the career opportunities available with a finance degree. One exciting project unique to the Finance Club is the management of a live equity investment portfolio. Thanks to the generous donations, UNI Finance Club members are able to monitor the markets, execute trades and manage a portfolio with no risk to them financially.

Other activities include national competitions, corporate on-site visits and a variety of guest speakers.


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