Visionary Real Estate Education at Cornell University

The Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (SCJCB) announce partnership with the formation of the Cornell University Department of Real Estate.

The department will develop visionary real estate leaders who will tackle the most pressing societal challenges facing the industry. The new multicollege department builds on a 30-year legacy of real estate research and teaching and features Cornell’s real estate master’s degree program – the Baker Program in Real Estate, broadens professional and research degree programs, and attracts leading global scholars. Suzanne Lanyi Charles, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning in AAP, will serve as acting director of the department for the 2022-23 academic year. A global search for the inaugural chair will take place over the coming year guided by a faculty-led committee.

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$30 Million Gift Names Department of Real Estate

A gift from Paul Rubacha ’72, MBA ’73, co-founder of one of the largest privately held industrial real estate investment companies in the U.S., will establish the Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate. The $30 million commitment includes $25 million to name the new department and a $5 million challenge fund to incentivize additional philanthropy.


Paul Rubacha

“This is an opportunity for me to say thanks to the university for much of what it’s done for me, professionally and personally. And I hope that by doing this, it will further strengthen the real estate education program at the university, and provide similar opportunities for scores of other students going forward.”

Paul Rubacha ’72, MBA ’73
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Baker Program in Real Estate

The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate prepares professionals with comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and flexible real estate master’s degrees. Through specialized concentrations, treks, internships, and the powerful Cornell network, opportunities in the real estate industry are endless.

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Explore Real Estate at Cornell

Real estate at Cornell spans colleges, schools, disciplines, departments, and programs. We offer real estate education for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals – all with deep industry connections.

Undergraduate minor

The Real Estate minor, offered in collaboration with the Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, and open to all Cornell undergraduates, prepares students for careers in commercial real estate in the U.S. and international markets.

Graduate education

Become an expert leader in the industry of real estate by developing skills in finance, asset management, regional planning and design.

Online certifications

Offerings in real estate development, investment modeling, property management, planning and design, investments and asset management, and commercial real estate.

Industry research

Discover the faculty research, publications, and centers and institutes for real estate at Cornell.

Expanded Opportunities for Real Estate at Cornell

Explore the ecosystem of real estate at Cornell University where students, faculty, alumni and supporters have access to clubs, councils, reviews and industry insights in the field of real estate.