Undergraduate Program Real Estate Property Management Minor
Business Minor in Real Estate Property Management Overview
Cultivate communities with a minor in property management.
Successful property managers serve their communities with strong business acumen and the ability to maximize return on investment. The Business Minor in Real Estate Property Management provides non-business majors the foundational business and real estate knowledge needed to forge a career in this growing field.
Graduates of this program can expect to successfully perform entry-level roles and accelerate quickly in the world of multi-family or commercial property management, ultimately managing multi-million dollar assets. Coursework dives into core business skills such as marketing, leasing, finance, and building maintenance, paired with people management skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, human resource management, community building, and customer service. With a 10% increase in population and 5 million more apartment homes needed by 2030 (source: National Apartment Association), the need for college-educated, strategic property managers continues to grow.
Business Minor in Real Estate Property Management: Why PSU?
- Career-bolstering support from the Center for Real Estate. Through its industry partnerships, PSU's Center for Real Estate opens doors for students during their program and after graduation. The Center offers industry-specific career fairs, employer introductions, and immersive experiences with property tours and leadership panels. Scholarships for students looking to pursue this program are available, expanding access to this growing career field.
- A deep professional network. You’ll benefit from The School of Business’s deep ties to the regional business community through mentorships, internships, and coursework that takes you out of the classroom. Undergraduate students pursuing the minor are eligible to join the graduate Real Estate Emerging Leaders (REEL) student club for peer support and professional development.
- Industry informed: Building Owners and Managers Organization (BOMA), National Apartment Association, Multifamily NW, and Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) partner with PSU to inform the minor’s practical and relevant curriculum.
- Diverse and inclusive experience. PSU is the most diverse campus in Oregon, and all of our programs are stronger and better for it. At The School of Business, inclusion, sustainability, and business for good are driving forces behind each of our programs.
Business Minor in Real Estate Property Management Highlights
- Creates a fast track to competitive industry designations, including Certified Property Management (CPM) and Residential Property Manager (RPM).
- Provides experience with the systems that comprise commercial property management, including accounting, people management, legal, fair housing, and various software/smart building technologies.
- Expands learning outside the classroom with program sponsored opportunities to work part-time at a property site or complete an internship.
- Allows bilingual PSU students to leverage their language skills coupled with this degree when seeking employment, as many multifamily properties have non-English speaking tenants.
What can I do with a minor in Real Estate Property Management?
A career in property management won’t be spent behind a desk – each day brings new needs and challenges. After completing this program, students can gain entry-level employment in multifamily property management (market rate or affordable housing apartments) or commercial property management (office buildings, retail centers, medical facilities, and warehouses). Potential titles include:
- Community Manager
- Assistant Property Manager
- Leasing Consultant or Manager
- Property Manager
- Compliance Specialist (affordable housing sector)
- Facilities Management Professional
- Corporate Real Estate Professional
- Asset Manager
The Business Minor in Real Estate Property Management also prepares students with real estate-specific knowledge that set them apart in other fields, including:
- Lending (underwriting, loan officer, etc.)
- Market Research
- Real Estate Development
- Real Estate investments
- Affordable Housing Development
- Real Estate Accounting
- Marketing for a Real Estate-related Firm
- BA 101 – Intro to Business and World Affairs (4)
- BA 306U – Essentials of Finance (4)*
- BA 316U – Essentials of Marketing (4)*
- BA 326U – Essentials of Management (4)*
- BA 332U – Property, Management, and Society (4)**
- MGMT 432 – Multifamily Property Management, Operations and Leasing (4)
- MGMT 433 – Commercial Property and Assessment Management (4)
Download the Business Minor in Real Estate Property Management sequence sheet (PDF).
*For non-business majors, these classes also count toward the Design Thinking/ Innovation/ Entrepreneurship junior cluster. Business majors cannot utilize any of these classes towards business major or University Studies credits.
**For non-business majors, this class also counts toward the Communication Studies junior cluster. Business majors cannot utilize this class towards University Studies junior cluster credits.
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