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Baruch Announces New
Department of Real Estate

Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business has added a Department of Real Estate to its curriculum. The new department is the first in New York City to offer a BBA in real estate.              

“During the past decade, real estate has become an increasingly important sector of the nation’s economy,” noted John Elliott, dean of the Zicklin School of Business. “The formation of a department of real estate within the Zicklin School is a response to the pervasive impact of real estate on our economic life and on our society as a whole. Our goal is to train leaders of tomorrow in real estate and related fields.”

Ko Wang, who holds the William Newman Chair in Real Estate Finance, will head the new department. “New York has the world’s most important real estate market. It’s the ideal place to establish an academic program—you could never do this in Iowa,” Wang said.          

The real estate curriculum for the 24-credit major includes courses in valuation and asset management, real estate finance, and the law of real estate transactions. Faculty for the new programs will be drawn from the Departments of Law, Economics and Finance, and the School of Public Affairs, as well as from the real estate industry.

The Zicklin School of Business also offers a BBA minor in real estate and an MBA with a concentration in real estate. A PhD program is being planned in conjunction with the Department of Economics and Finance.

Zane Berzins


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