Online Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Studies

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A degree for aspiring real estate professionals

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The best online real estate degree programs provide skills and knowledge ready to be put to use immediately within your career. The Marylhurst University online Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Studies is exactly that type of experiential learning program featuring real-world case studies, communication training and a capstone project that empowers you to demonstrate your new skills. Designed to deliver business tools that are both practical and current, Marylhurst’s program can help you develop the knowledge and the confidence to advance your career within the real estate industry.

Position yourself to move forward in your real estate career:

  • Discover management strategies and tactics that help define you as a leader
  • Learn about the role of personal ethics in modern business
  • Improve your marketability with a working knowledge of economics, marketing, finance, statistics and other foundational business areas
  • Explore essential real estate concepts including investment, development and real estate law
  • Marylhurst’s B.S. in real estate studies can help you become a more complete professional with a business edge
As a student here at Marylhurst, you get the opportunity to become engaged not just academically, but socially in our coursework. Many courses combine social justice, ethics and critical thinking.
Sunny Liston, Chair, Department of Real Estate Studies
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Why choose Marylhurst University?

For more than 120 years, Marylhurst University has empowered students of all ages to change the world through education and mentorship. Marylhurst students are lifelong learners who embrace the challenge to continually better themselves personally and professionally. Our dedication to the holistic improvement of our students is why we chose to integrate the liberal arts into every degree program we offer. Also present in every Marylhurst program is a commitment to social responsibility and diversity in all its forms.

Since the mid-1990s, Marylhurst has offered online degree programs to accommodate working professionals around the world. We believe online learners have as much right to small classes and high-level engagement as traditional students. We believe that you can balance your job and family life with academic responsibilities and earn a first-rate education. We also believe a first-rate education should be affordable. Why choose Marylhurst? Because a Marylhurst degree makes people stand up and take notice, and because a Marylhurst education builds knowledge, character and marketability in students like you.

Within one year of starting school, my salary and income increased drastically, mainly because of my confidence and better understanding of real estate analysis, marketing, people skills, negotiations. It turned out to be a very good experience for me.
Jeff Miller, Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Studies, 2014

Industry outlook

Recent projections have home sales rising steadily for the foreseeable future. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the real estate industry as a whole is projected to grow by more than 300 billion dollars in output growth from 2012 to 2022 – the fifth largest projected increase of any industry over that period of time.

“Employment in the real estate industry is expected to increase by 161,400, to reach almost 1.6 million in 2022.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics Industry employment and output projections to 2022

Built-in relevance

The general strength of the real estate industry lies in its relevance to every other American industry. Homes and offices are real estate. Farms and strip malls are real estate. College campuses, cell phone towers and practically the entirety of our infrastructure are real estate, too. That’s why an online real estate degree can open doors to a diverse range of careers.

“Real estate is pervasive in everything in our economy. Every company has a real estate department in some form or another.”

Sunny Liston
Chair, Department of Real Estate Studies

Opportunities abound

U.S. News & World Report referred to the job outlook for real estate agents as “quite solid” and cited the profession as being above average in upward mobility and flexibility.* However, agency work is only the tip of the iceberg for professionals looking for a career in real estate. The range of career opportunities in real estate runs the gamut from the sale and development of residential, commercial and industrial properties to management and investment of large-scale portfolios. A bachelor’s degree in real estate can be a catalyst for success in a variety of professional roles, including:

  • Financial analyst
  • Chief financial officer, property management firm
  • Chief financial officer, commercial management firm
  • Vice president of finance
  • Facilities manager
  • Project manager, development company
  • Residential broker
  • Residential sales associate
  • Property manager
  • Controller
  • Appraiser
  • Underwriter
  • Entrepreneur
  • Brokerage manager
  • Investment banker
  • Operations manager
  • Vice president of finance and facilities, college or university
  • Director of real estate training
  • Asset manager
  • Community planner


Major Curriculum

The Marylhurst University online Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Studies consists of 180 credits with 90 credits of requirements in the major. The coursework within the major is designed to give you a working knowledge of key concepts in business and real estate.

Real Estate BS Foundation Courses

Foundations of Management

This business foundation course brings together students from diverse backgrounds and provides a common language and starting point on which to build a solid program of business and management or real estate studies. Students will learn to drive change by applying management processes of planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Students develop tools for effective learning and studying, and understand standards and expectations for the entire program. In this course, students complete the Learning Assessment, a comprehensive test that assists students in assessing their business knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the program. 5 crs.

Business Writing and Communication

This course prepares the student to use good writing and presentation skills in academic and business environments. Students will learn how to define and focus their information needs in a subject area, how to access and evaluate needed information, and how to transform information into the foundation for original writing. The course emphasizes thesis organization, process, and proper documentation and citation, in addition to issues such as persuasion, audience analysis and plagiarism. 5 crs.

Personal Ethics in Organizations

Students explore fundamental questions about what is right and wrong from the perspective of major ethics traditions and within the context of organizations. This exploration will begin by considering whether we can know the “good” and by considering the role of personal and religious worldviews. Using class discussions and case studies, students examine concepts of justice and the role of personal morality within organizations. The final case study will look at the relationship between ethics and effective business leadership. 5 crs.

Information Technology Strategies

Students examine the critical role of information system strategies and technology in driving competition and industry structure. Students take the manager’s view as they survey information systems, applications, and integration options. 5 crs.

The Economics of Business

This course focuses on topics in economics of particular value to students studying business and management. These topics include concepts of scarcity, supply and demand analysis, behavior of the individual consumer, decision making by a profit maximizing firm under perfect competition, and the economic analysis of projects. 5 crs.

Culture, Conflict and Communication

Students learn how culture influences the way people listen and speak to each other and the way they manage conflict. In today’s global workplace, cultural differences in values, lifestyles and communication styles can enrich organizations or lead to misunderstandings and conflict. Students examine their own listening, communication and conflict management styles as they develop knowledge and skills to successfully interact with people from different cultural backgrounds. 5 crs.

Real Estate Studies Courses

Real Estate as a Profession

This is a survey course that will examine real estate markets, their dimensions and structure, marketing analysis, and financing methods. The course will also look at the various possessory rights to land, the limitations on land usage, and how property is bought and sold. Also included is a review of the various professional disciplines that comprise the real estate industry, how they interact with each other, and the ethics that govern each discipline. As this is the gateway course to real estate studies, an initial assessment will be conducted of each student’s mastery of the learning outcomes for this degree program. 5 crs.

Prerequisites: BM 321, BM 341, BM 381 and BM 391.

Leveraging Real Estate I

This course is an introduction to real estate financing methods and covers mortgage instruments and alternative methods of financing, such as deeds of trust and land sale contracts. Also covered are risk analysis, automated valuation modules, and other computer-based applications. The course will include a review of such mathematical topics as amortization schedules, internal rates of return, present value calculations, financial ratios, and forecasting.

Prerequisites: MTH 102, MTH 105, MTH 108, MTH 201 or MTH 305.

Leveraging Real Estate II

This is an advanced course in real estate finance theory and practice. It provides an in-depth understanding of real estate investment analysis, investment strategies, replacement and refinancing considerations, leveraging concepts, tax-deferred exchange techniques, a financial analysis of land development and construction projects, syndication practices secondary market operations, and portfolio analysis. 5 crs.

Prerequisites: RES 405.

The Laws and Regulations Governing Real Estate

This course will cover the issues of property ownership, sale, financing (including foreclosure), and limitations on ownership imposed by contract and governmental regulation. Specific topics will include requirements for deeds, security documents, recording, encumbrances (including easements, covenants, conditions and restrictions, encroachments), and various methods of holding title. The discussion of the planning and zoning process will include a brief history, policy issues of growth (including urban sprawl and its impact on infrastructure and transportation), economic impact, historic preservation, sustainable development, and public/private partnerships. 5 crs.

The Deal: An Analysis of a Real Estate Transaction

This course offers a hands-on approach to all the phases of a real estate transaction. Students will perform initial research, establish parameters, search for a location, evaluate terms, and evaluate the purchase and sale agreement. They will also perform due diligence including, environmental audits, inspections, contractor estimates, and prepare a pro forma profit and loss statement. Review closing document including deeds, financing documents, and reconciliation statements, and look for possession and post-closing issues. 5 crs.

Prerequisites: RES 410.

Beyond Raw Land

This course is an overview of the design and construction of buildings and the consequent impact of such structures on the land and surrounding environs. Students will examine the history and fundamentals of building technology, including methods and materials, the impact buildings have on environmentally sensitive lands such as brownfields, wetlands, toxic waste sites, and flood zones. Included in this will be an examination of the liability issues for owners, agents, lenders, and appraisers on such hazards as lead paint, asbestos, PCBs, oil tanks, and radon gas. 5 crs.

Prerequisites: RES 415.

Real Estate Capstone Courses

Applied Management Principles

This capstone course addresses the program and Marylhurst Core outcomes for the bachelor’s in business management program. Students demonstrate and apply strategic management processes across all key business functions. Students consider the relationship of environmental issues to business decisions as an example of drawing on knowledge of other academic disciplines, and collaborating for responsible and ethical action to address social issues. In this course, students complete the Learning Assessment, a comprehensive test that assists students in evaluating their business knowledge and skills acquired from their courses. Experiential learning is addressed by multiple assignments throughout the program and in this course. 5 crs.