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Start on Your Path to an MS in Real Estate Degree

Selecting the right master’s program for your career goals is important. Our admissions team is here to help you at every stage, from inquiry to application. Schedule a phone or video consultation with one of our team members to get started.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022

Application DueDecision date
November 1, 2021December 17, 2021
February 1, 2022March 18, 2022
March 15, 2022April 22, 2022
May 1, 2022June 3, 2022
Candidates can apply between deadlines and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply when they feel their application is ready and most competitive.

Applicants who apply and have all supporting materials in by the application due date will learn of their admission decision no later than the decision date. If admitted, your enrollment deposit date will be communicated to you in your online admission letter.

Tuition & Fees

The following costs apply to the 2020-2021 academic year.

ItemResident TuitionNonresident Tuition[1]
Tuition$23,364.64$47,013.12
Segregated fees$1,468.60$1,468.60
Estimated yearly total$24,833.24$48,481.72
  1. Minnesota residents may be eligible for reduced tuition as participants in the Minnesota–Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. See details below.
  2. Tuition rates vary from year to year, and are determined by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, based on budgets approved by the Wisconsin governor and legislature. Tuition is reviewed and set annually in August. For more information about tuition rates, please visit the Bursar’s Office website.
  3. Segregated fees are charges, in addition to tuition, assessed to all students for student services, activities, programs, and facilities that support the mission of University of Wisconsin System institutions, including UW–Madison. The segregated fee rate is updated each summer.

Tuition is listed at the full-time rate for two academic semesters. Summer tuition and any additional credits taken are subject to a per credit cost.

What You’ll Need for Your Application

  1. Why have you selected the MS in Real Estate? What actions have you taken to better understand your intended career focus?
  2. What are your career goals immediately following the completion of your degree? What is your alternative plan should these career goals not materialize?

The recommended essay is an opportunity to share more of your unique experiences with the admissions committee. It is not required to submit your application. Please choose one of the prompts below and answer the question in full. You may discuss personal and/or professional examples; however, if you speak about a personal experience, please discuss the impact that experience has had on your professional life. Also, please indicate your chosen prompt at the top of your essay.

  1. Describe a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone. What did you learn about yourself, and how have you since used that knowledge?
  2. Describe a time you demonstrated leadership in a way that made an enduring impact. What did you learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a leader from that experience?
  3. Describe a time when your opinion evolved through conversations with others. How did you use this experience to adjust the way you work as a part of a team environment?
  4. Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and its impact. What did you learn about your ability to persevere and face challenges head-on?

Please use this optional essay to communicate additional information about yourself that is not otherwise represented in the application, and that you feel would benefit the admissions committee.

Include past work experience, educational accomplishments, demonstrations of leadership, and ways in which you have grown professionally.

Your past academic history—particularly your four-year degree—indicates to us your ability to succeed in a structured study program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved (accredited) institution is required.
  • International applicants are required to have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. View the minimum degree equivalents for different countries. You may wish to have your transcript evaluated by World Education Services (WES) to ensure you meet the four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency requirements.
  • You can submit your application with unofficial transcripts; certified copies of transcripts from your degree institution are required once admitted.
  • The preferred method to receive official transcripts is electronically from your institution. Please access the Parchment website or contact your institution to make this request and send to masters@wsb.wisc.edu. Official transcripts may also be mailed directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed and stamped envelope sent to:

    Wisconsin MBA Program Office
    Wisconsin School of Business
    2450 Grainger Hall
    975 University Avenue
    Madison, WI 53706

    Official transcripts must be received on or before August 1.

One recommendation is required. Select a recommender who is qualified to evaluate your potential for leadership or management. They should have a strong understanding of your abilities and be familiar with solid examples of your accomplishments. This individual may be a current or past supervisor or manager, a client or vendor, or a representative of a volunteer or community organization in which you are involved.

To demonstrate knowledge of business fundamentals, one or more of the following are expected to be completed by the start of the program:

  • Undergraduate degree with business major or minor
  • Completion of a Certificate in Business or Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals at UW-Madison
  • Completion of a Certificate in Entrepreneurship at UW–Madison
  • College coursework in microeconomics, accounting, and finance or completion of General Business 310 at UW–Madison. These courses are offered every semester and during the summer. Applicants can complete these courses online as a special student.
  • At least one year of full-time work experience in one of the business disciplines mentioned above
  • Completion of REAL EST 306-The Real Estate Process, or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree completed or expected completion by start of the program
  • $75 for both domestic and international students (additional $6 processing fee for international students).
  • Fee waivers available if active duty in the U.S. military within three years of applying.
  • Payment by credit or debit card through the online application system; receipt required to learn of admissions decision.
  • Admission interviews are by invitation only.
  • Conducted in person, by phone, or by video
  • GMAT or GRE test scores
    • UW–Madison undergraduates, U.S. active military and U.S. veteran applicants may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores; international candidates only, and candidates may be eligible for a waiver

GMAT/GRE Waivers

The Wisconsin School of Business master’s programs seek to build a well-rounded class with diverse professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Candidates can request a test waiver for the GMAT or GRE for the MS in Real Estate program if they meet one of the following requirements.

If you are a current undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university, or have graduated from such an institution within the last three years, you qualify to request a waiver for the GMAT or GRE if you have met all of option 1 or 2:

Option 1:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • At least one quantitative course in an area like statistics, calculus, upper-level math, or business classes such as finance or accounting with a grade of B or better

or

Option 2:

  • Completion of a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

If you are a working professional, you qualify to request a waiver for the GMAT or GRE if you met all of option 1 or 2:

Option 1:

  • Have been awarded a terminal degree, such as JD, MD, PhD from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from the terminal degree program

or

Option 2:

  • Have more than three years professional full-time work experience, which may include U.S. military service
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • At least one quantitative course in an area like statistics, calculus, upper-level math, or business classes such as finance or accounting with a grade of B or better

Additional Details About Costs

Wisconsin residency for tuition purposes is determined prior to enrollment and remains constant for the duration of your program. More information is available from the Office of the Registrar. Answers to commonly asked questions can also be found on their website.

Minnesota residents may be eligible for reduced tuition as participants in the Minnesota–Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. Students certified under this agreement, although classified as nonresidents, are assessed the comparable instructional fees in effect at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, plus the segregated fees assessed to all UW–Madison graduate students. Contact the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office for a reciprocity application.

As a UW–Madison student, you have the option to purchase health insurance through University Health Services. There are plans for student only, student plus one, and student plus family. International students are required to purchase health insurance through the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Other options for U.S. citizens and permanent residents would be through the health insurance marketplace. Costs vary based on plan.

The UW Student Job Center lists part-time, limited-term employment (LTE), graduate assistant, and summer job openings at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in the private and public sectors. Many students work part time to help offset the costs of their graduate education.