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The Minor in Real Estate 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 in administered by The School of Hospitality Business in the Broad College of Business and is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.

With the approval of the department or school and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Minor Information Sheet

Admission Criteria

If you are interested in the Minor in Real Estate then please e-mail Jeff Yingling, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at before applying.

Those seeking admission must meet the criteria below:

  • Completion of 28 credits.
  • Completion of the following core courses:
    • ACC 201 (3) or ACC 230 (3)
    • EC 201 (3)
  • General Admission Standards:
    • MSU Cumulative GPA = 3.50
    • MSU Core GPA = 3.50

Admission is based primarily on MSU cumulative GPA and MSU core GPA. Academic and non-academic factors and experiences will also be considered. The application requires a statement of professional goals as well as documented work experience and extracurricular activities.

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Complete the application for admission to the Minor in Real Estate today.

Minor in Real Estate Requirements

All of the following (16 or 18 credits)

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).

REIM Advisory Council Meetings

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  • April 2019

    Innovation & Technology in the Hospitality Industry


    • Dr. Bryce Peake, Manager, Innovation Lab, Data & Analytics, Hilton
    • Mr. Steven Longstreet, Director of Innovation & Strategy, Hilton

    An Interactive Discussion: Innovation & Technology


    • Ms. Stephanie Ricca, Editor in Chief, Hotel News Now     
  • 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.