Real Estate Finance Academy


Kickstart a career in commercial real estate

The Real Estate Finance Academy is a five-semester pathway to prepare you for a career in commercial real estate finance. Real estate is broadly recognized as the world’s largest investment asset class, and the industry includes hundreds of University of Illinois alumni who remain closely connected with the University and Gies College of Business. Upon completion of the Real Estate Finance Academy, you could expect to pursue entry-level jobs in commercial banking, investment banking, investment management, consulting, public securities or real estate development, and brokerage or asset management.

Interested students should apply to the Real Estate Finance Academy during the fall of their sophomore year. During the Spring semester, you will take Fundamentals of Real Estate (FIN 241), and then Financial Modeling (FIN 418) during the summer. Over your final two years, you will participate in additional weekly sessions, work an internship with a top-performing firm, and participate in active learning experiences such as case competitions and practicum projects.

If you’d like more information, please contact Seth Briggs (