The Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management prepares students for careers focused on hospitality real estate, including acquisition, appraisal, asset management, brokerage, consulting, development, investment analysis, market analysis and mortgage lending.

The minor may especially benefit students majoring in accounting, construction management, economics, finance, hospitality business, human resource management, interior design, landscape architecture, management, marketing, supply chain management, and urban and regional planning.

The minor, which is administered by The School of Hospitality Business, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department or school and college that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree program. In certain cases, prerequisites for minor requirements may be waived with advance approval. The student’s program of study must be approved by the director of the Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management.

Minor Information Sheet


Students seeking admission must schedule an appointment with Jeff Yingling, assistant director of undergraduate academic programs in The School of Hospitality Business, and complete an application for admission.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed ACC 201, EC 201, EC 202 and the university mathematics requirement.

Students can apply at the time they have been formally accepted to a degree program.

General Admissions Standard: 3.50 MSU Cumulative GPA

Apply to Minor

Complete the application for admission to the Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management today.

Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management Requirements

Students must complete the requirements specified below (19 or 20 credits).

All of the following courses (12 credits)

One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits)

Four (4) credits from the following course (4 credits)

Internship Requirement

To earn the minor, students must complete 400 hours of work experience through an internship over a period of at least 10 weeks. Students should complete HB 311, HB 382 and HB 492 workshops prior to seeking the internship to ensure competency for placement. The internship must have prior approval from the director of the Hospitality Business Student and Industry Resource Center.

The Real Estate Investment Club is for all students who have a common interest in real estate development, particularly within the hospitality industry. The club creates unique opportunities for students including listening to significant guest speakers, participating in various site tours, and keeping in touch with alumni and other industry professionals.

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The mission of the Hospitality Association is to create and refine hospitality business leaders by providing forums for academic growth, industry experience, leadership roles and career-enhancing opportunities, and by encouraging social interaction and the development of student unity within The School of Hospitality Business.

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Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council

In 2007, The School of Hospitality Business established the Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council. This group is in place to review and support the real estate interests of The School. Council members are by appointment only and meet annually (each spring).

Advisory Council Members

Previous Council Meetings

  • April 2018

    Hospitality Business Real Estate Education: Past-Present-Future (panel presentation) included:

    • Dr. Barry Bloom: President and Chief Operating Officer, Xenia Hotels & Resorts
    • Dr. Jack Corgel: Professor, Real Estate, Cornell University
    • Dr. John W. O’Neill: Professor and Director, Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy, Pennsylvania State University
    • Dr. A.J. Singh: Professor, Hilton Hotels Fellow, The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University
    • Mr. Ed Watkins: Group Moderator & Manager, Hotel Revenue Strategy Leaders

    The meeting also featured a powerful presentation on “The Impact of Labor Unions on the Hospitality Industry” by Mr. Peter G. Fischer, Partner, BakerHostetler.

    An afternoon session featuring the ever-popular “Roundtable Discussion: Lodging Industry Trends” was led and moderated by Mr. Ed Watkins. Nearly forty Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council members attended.

  • April 2017

    Dr. Tomas Hult, director of MSU’s International Business Center, and Dr. Norm Graham, director of MSU’s Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, discussed “New Administration: Impact on Foreign Policy and Global Business” with forty Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council members.

    “A New Administration: A New Era for the Lodging Industry” was led by HotelNewsNow Ed Watkins as moderator with all council members in attendance through a round table discussion.

    Read Hotel News Now feature story.

  • April 2016

    Topic: “The Hotel Consolidation Wave: What It Means to You,” featuring Ed Watkins as moderator


    • Mark Johnson, Professor of Practice, Finance, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University
    • John M. Keeling (MBA ’74), Executive Vice President, Valencia Group
    • Fred Kleisner (B.A. ’66), Independent Director, Caesars Entertainment and Independent Member, Board of Managers, Aimbridge Hospitality
    • Ryan Meliker (MBA ’05), Managing Director, Equity Research REITs and Lodging, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.
    • Chuck Pinkowski, Owner, Pinkowski & Company.

    Read Hotel News Now feature story.

  • April 2015

    Topic: New Brand Development panel discussion featuring Stephanie Ricca ( as moderator

    Panelists: Jim Anhut (IHG), Andrew Alexander (Red Roof Inn), Christopher Burdette (Best Western International), Gary Steffen (Hilton Corporation) and Ronald Stewart (Marriott International).

    Industry Speaker: Stephanie Ricca,

    Read Hotel News Now feature story.

  • April 2014

    Topic: “How to Stay On Top” interactive session moderated by Ed Watkins, as well as panel presentation, “Threats and Opportunities in Detroit”

    Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins,

  • April 2013

    Topic: Real Estate and Development Specialization Reorganization, new name “Real Estate Investment Management”

    Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins,, “Managing Change in an Uncertain Economic Environment”

  • March 2012

    Topic: Institute Directions

    Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality

  • March 2011

    Topic: Launching the Real Estate Development Institute

    Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality

  • March 2010

    Topic: Round table discussion reviewing The School’s Real Estate & Development Specialization program

    Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality

  • April 2009

    Focus: Strategic Planning for the Real Estate & Development Program

  • April 2008

    Focus: Evaluation of Hospitality Business Real Estate & Development Specialization

  • September 2007

    Focus: Inaugural meeting to discuss real estate & development advisory specialization program.