Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies is dedicated to cutting edge research and the training of skilled individuals for all segments of the industry. We provide numerous services to Connecticut’s real estate professionals and to the Department of Consumer Protection. Our activities embrace many disciplines including finance, statistics, economics and geography. Our teaching and research has long been ranked among the very best programs in the US and Internationally.

The UConn School of Business Center for Real Estate is ranked #1 in the nation for real estate research and is among the top 10 real estate programs in the U.S. Its impressive academic credentials are matched by a strong emphasis on real-world problem solving. The Center draws from a staff with deep and diverse professional experience. They work with first-class analytical tools to spot trends and solve problems. The Center is also a trusted resource for professionals – a way to share ideas and information. As a Council member, you benefit from the Center’s services, while you mentor the next leaders in the real estate profession.

Current Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies Plan of Study (2018-19)

Previous Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies Plans of Study


Career Opportunities

The real estate field offers a broad and varied range of employment opportunities for the qualified person. As a profession, real estate is dynamic, challenging, and potentially remunerative. The types of careers available in the real estate profession are: investment counseling; mortgage underwriting; appraisal; market analysis; commercial, industrial and residential brokerage; property management; urban and regional planning; and corporate site and locational analysis. The real estate program prepares students for entry into all these areas in the real estate field.


The minor in Real Estate is designed to offer a basic understanding of real estate topics for students who are not enrolled in the School of Business or intending to pursue a business degree.  See more information on Minors in Business.


The Center for Real Estate has available several scholarships/awards for real estate students during the Fall and Spring academic semesters. These awards are for undergraduate students who have taken at least two (2) real estate courses or who are currently enrolled in their second real estate course.

Real Estate Society

The mission of the UConn Real Estate Society is to assist students interested in the field of Real Estate. Students will not only be able to meet other students who share similar interests, but professionals who are also in the field of Real Estate.

Real Estate Resumé Book

The Center for Real Estate publishes and distributes a book consisting of student resumes to real estate firms across Connecticut, New England, and the United States. The intent of the book is to help place undergraduate and graduate students in full-time employment or summer employment/internship positions within the real estate industry. To be eligible to use the resume book students must be either Real Estate majors or minors, or an outside major whose studies concentrate in the field of real estate. Students will need to agree to the privacy waiver in order to participate in this program.

Faculty and Staff

John Clapp, Professor, Director

Areas of Expertise: real estate market analysis, finance, local house price indices, office markets and real estate market analysis

John Glascock, Director

Areas of Expertise: Real Estate-REITS, Housing Policy, Valuation Finance, Investments and Capital Markets

Jeff Cohen, Associate Professor of Finance & Real Estate

Areas of Expertise: Real Estate Finance, Financial Institutions Management, asset valuation, term structure modeling, and asset/liability management.

Lucy Michaud, Assistant Extension Professor

Areas of Expertise: real estate, business law, and ethics.

Katherine Pancak, Professor in Residence

Areas of Expertise: consumer protection and public policy, real estate agency, personal finance, and online education, real estate law issues, brokerage, developing prelicensing and continuing education course materials for real estate licensees.

Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies Website

Finance Department Website

Link to FNCE Course Descriptions

The Real Estate and Urban Economics major is available to students at the Storrs Campus.