Why Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has one of the oldest academic real estate programs in the world, and one of the best. The Wisconsin Real Estate Program earned a #1 ranking by U.S. News and World Report for its undergraduate program and consistently ranks as one of the top three real estate programs at all levels. The department traces its history back to Richard T. Ely’s 1925 program in land and public utility economics.

With this strong foundation and forward-thinking approach, UW-Madison is uniquely positioned to provide leadership to the real estate industry in the 21st century and beyond. We aim to instill our students with core values and create a valuable and lifelong network for learning and professional growth.

Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

The GREM program is one of many degrees offered by the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics at the Wisconsin School of Business. The GREM program is a natural complement to a portfolio of offerings that includes a bachelor’s degree, an MBA and a Ph.D.  in real estate. GREM students benefit from interactivity with the real estate students in the other programs, particularly with real estate MBA students with whom they share a classroom and extra-curricular activities.

James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

The educational mission of the department is supported by the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, jointly led by Professor and Academic Director Timothy Riddiough and Executive Director Michael Brennan, former CEO and founder of First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc., a publicly listed REIT. The Graaskamp Center links Wisconsin real estate faculty and students, alumni, the real estate professional community, governmental agencies, and the general public in order to administer the Wisconsin MBA program in real estate.

Real Estate Club

GREM students can join the Real Estate Club and its bi-weekly speaker program, networking events, dynamic campus activities, field trips, and more. The club, which is one of the largest and most active student-run organizations on campus, facilitates meaningful interaction for more than 200 students in real estate with industry-leading guest speakers and alumni. Students form lasting relationships that will be useful in their careers as real estate professionals.