The major in real estate prepares students for the graduate-level study of real estate, economics, and finance, as well as careers in land development, brokerage, valuation and investment counseling, site analysis and selection, real property management, mortgage lending, and bank trust and corporate real estate departments, in addition to other real-estate related careers in the public and private sectors.

We’re the longest-standing bachelor’s degree in real estate in Virginia, and one of only about 25 in the U.S. Our program is recognized by the Appraisal Foundation, which means you may be eligible to receive academic credit toward real estate appraiser licensure and certification.


Our program introduces basic principles of real estate, property management, real estate law, appraisal and finance. Select from a comprehensive list of electives to learn the essentials of real estate negotiation, brokerage and land-use planning. We also offer internships that give you real-world experience and prepare you for a variety of careers in the real estate profession.

Program and degree requirements

Career opportunities

The Kornblau Real Estate Program at VCU helps students gain a solid understanding of the disciplines, skills and ethics required in today's real estate profession. We can help you define your ideal career path through site visits to real estate developments and one-on-one access to industry mentors. We continue to support our graduates as they seek licenses and professional designations. Our programs prepare you for careers in mortgage lending, development, investments, brokerage and sales, valuation and property management.

  • Alumni employers include:
    • Commonwealth of Virginia
    • CB Richard Ellis
    • Colliers International
    • Cushman & Wakefield
    • Virginia Housing and Development Authority
  • Careers in the field:
    • Appraiser
    • Community development manager
    • Financial & Real Estate Analyst
    • Leasing Consultant/Manager 
    • Loan Officer-Residential/Commercial
    • Property Manager 
    • Real Estate Broker 
    • Real Estate Investor 
    • Real Estate Research/Data Analysis
    • Site Selection
    • Underwriter
    • Urban Planning  
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  • We were able to get out of the classroom environment and into Richmond’s current real estate world – building professional relationships with top industry members and learning hands-on about real issues such as land use, urban planning and commercial development.
    Statia Gibson
    BSRE '12
  • The Kornblau Real Estate Program offered the tools and resources needed to help me gain the knowledge to not only land a job, but a career once I graduated.
    Kurt Wallenborn
    BSRE '12
  • Through the Kornblau Real Estate program at VCU, I have the opportunity to work at Markel Corporation in their Corporate Real Estate Department. Everyday I gain valuable real estate knowledge. This experience has also made it possible for me to broaden my network and meet with remarkable mentors in the field, who provide incomparable advice and guidance.
    Allison L.
    Class of 2019
  • Rho Epsilon, the Kornblau Real Estate Program’s official student organization, taught me ‘It’s not only the grades you make, but the hands you shake.’ Through various networking opportunities, I connected with real estate professionals whose advice and guidance prepared me for the working world!
    Jaime Wood
    BSRE '17
  • The first three rules of real estate are networking, networking and networking. It is how we, as students, ensure success for ourselves, by building a safety net of contacts to support our future careers in the industry.
    Katie Coleman
    BSRE '11