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Combined Bachelor of Science in Real Estate/ Master of Science in Finance (BS-RE/MSF)

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About the Combined BS-RE/MSF Program

Florida State University students majoring in real estate can get a jump-start on a master’s degree in finance by applying to the Combined Bachelor of Science in Real Estate/ Master of Science in Finance (BS-RE/MSF) program.

Why should you consider combining real estate and finance studies?

  • INDUSTRY DEMAND: Over the next decade, the Labor Department predicts that employment in the business and financial operations sector is expected to grow 10 percent – faster than the average of other occupations. Demand is expected to be even higher for specific careers involving real estate and finance: financial analysts (11 percent); loan officers and underwriters (11 percent); real estate appraisers (14 percent); property and asset managers (10 percent); and market analysts (23 percent).
  • STREAMLINED COURSEWORK: The combined program allows highly qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to get a head start on graduate school by taking up to nine hours of coursework that will double count for graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Eligible students may benefit by applying remaining undergraduate Bright Futures award toward a portion of their graduate coursework.
  • PROMISING OPPORTUNITIES: Completing graduate coursework before undergraduate graduation equips students with advanced skills needed for better internships and thus employment opportunities.
  • STRENGTH OF COMBINED DISCIPLINES: The College of Business’ Real Estate program is ranked No. 6 among public institutions and No. 11 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (2018). The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program provides an outstanding career placement rate and networking opportunities with alumni serving in posts ranging from Florida’s most innovative corporations to Wall Street’s strongest financial firms. Opportunities for students include managing an investment fund of more than $3.5 million.

For more information, contact Dr. Dean Gatzlaff, BS-RE/MSF Program Director, or complete our online form to receive information by email. To learn more about the BS-RE/MSF program, download the brochure (PDF).  

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Apply Today

Apply for the Combined Bachelor of Science in Real Estate/ Master of Science in Finance (BS-RE/MSF) today by completing the Graduate Programs Office’s online form

Interested students should apply for the program before registering for senior coursework.

May 1 – Early application review deadline for fall entry in the combined program

June 1 – Final application review deadline for fall entry in the combined program

December 1 – Final application review deadline for spring entry in the combined program

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Prerequisites

Interested applicants to the Combined BS-RE/MSF program must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 and an upper-division GPA of at least 3.2 in finance and real estate courses.

The upper-division finance and real estate GPA is based on four of the following courses completed at the time of application: REE 3043 (Real Estate), REE 4103 (Real Estate Valuation), REE 4204 (Real Estate Finance), REE 4143 (Real Estate Market Analysis), REE 4313 (Real Estate Investment), REE 4433 (Legal Environment of Real Estate), FIN 3244 (Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems), FIN 3403 (Financial Management of the Firm), FIN 4424 (Problems in Financial Management), and FIN 4504 (Investments).

Students admitted will still be required to apply separately to the Master of Science in Finance program by March 1 during their senior year.

While students entering the combined program are typically on track for admission to the MSF program, students still must meet MSF application requirements. Visit the MSF degree page to learn more about what application materials will be needed, including references, personal statements and requirements for an acceptable GMAT score or information on how to apply for a GMAT waiver.

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Curriculum

Students in the Combined BS-RE/MSF program can take up to nine hours of graduate work that will double count for their graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Combined program students must maintain a B or higher in graduate coursework for their work to count toward the MSF degree.

The graduate classes are more rigorous than the undergraduate classes that they are replacing and will provide additional information needed to meet the standard skills and knowledge required by the university and expected by employers hiring master’s graduates.

Students in the Combined BS-RE/MSF program substitute the following graduate courses for three undergraduate courses:

REE 5205 Topics in Real Estate Finance
Combined program substitution for REE 4204 Real Estate Finance
This course provides an advanced treatment of topics fundamental to real estate finance. The course topics are presented in units that range from pricing mortgages to the lending process to the secondary mortgage. Topics include a discussion of primary and secondary mortgage markets, mortgage market operations, mortgage instruments and mortgage-related securities. Emerging topics of special interest are also discussed.
- 3 credit hours, offered fall semester

REE 5305 Real Estate Investment
Combined program substitution for REE 4313 Real Estate Investment
Focused on the topic of real estate investment analysis primarily from the private investor's (equity) perspective, this course introduces students to the analytical tools and procedures used to evaluate real estate investment opportunities.
- 3 credit hours, offered spring semester

REE 5209 Advanced Real Estate Finance and Investment
Combined program substitution for REE 4143 Real Estate Market Analysis
Prerequisite: REE5205. This course provides advanced treatment of the commercial mortgage and real estate equity markets. Topics include in-depth discussion of financing income-producing properties; commercial mortgage underwriting; real estate investment trusts; and the decisions faced by institutions regarding their property and mortgage portfolios. Emerging topics of special interest also are discussed.
- 3 credit hours, offered spring semester

For information about MSF curriculum, please visit the MSF degree page.

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Faculty and staff members list

Click here to view our Finance faculty and staff.

Click here to view our Real Estate faculty and staff.

 

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Program Costs

The combined program double counts 9 credit hours in the undergraduate real estate major and the MSF program streamlining the workload. Eligible students may benefit by applying remaining undergraduate Bright Futures award toward a portion of the 9 credit hours of graduate coursework tuition and fees that are being counted toward both degrees.

For program costs for the 2017-2018 academic year and a breakdown of on-campus student fees and their explanations, visit the university’s Tuition Rates page.

Learn more about why our graduate programs are considered “A Smart Choice in Value.

Read more about the college’s financial assistance options for undergraduate and graduate students.

You may also visit Florida State's financial aid website for more information on types of financial aid.

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Request more information

To request more information on the Combined BS-RE/MSF, email the Graduate Programs Office.



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