Real Estate Co-Major

Gain unparalleled, hands-on experience with the capstone workshop

The capstone experience in the Real Estate co-major is a workshop that’s taken twice for eight weeks each semester. In this workshop, you work directly with real estate professionals to solve their business challenges. The Commercial Real Estate Workshop goes beyond academic case studies—you will work in groups to create real-world solutions for actual real estate deals using what you learn in the co-major courses.

This capstone experience enhances your cross-functional skill set in:

  • Research
  • Financial modeling
  • Problem-solving
  • Presentation skills
  • Plus you walk away with a portfolio of 10 case presentations that you can discuss in future job interviews

Example workshop projects:

  • Proposal for an industrial development for 216 acres in Hancock County, Indiana
  • A broker opinion of value and marketing strategy for a retail center in Champaign, Illinois
  • Valuation analysis of a multi-tenant downtown Indianapolis office building
  • Retail space site selection pitch for a pizza restaurant entering the Indianapolis market
  • Highest and best use analysis to determine if an Indianapolis hotel should remain a hotel, rebrand as another hotel, or be converted to apartments

The Commercial Real Estate Workshop, BUS-R428 (1.5 credits), must be taken twice: once in the fall, and once in the spring, in whichever order best fits your schedule.

Fast-track your resume to industry recruiters

The Commercial Real Estate Workshop also provides an opportunity for you to network closely with industry professionals and gain greater exposure among potential employers. Faculty submit workshop students’ resumes to recruiters and IU Center for Real Estate Studies Advisory Board members in the real estate field.

The Commercial Real Estate Workshop was hands down the most beneficial class I took at IUPUI in terms of preparing me for a career in commercial real estate. The weekly cases are great examples of what it is like to work on a project within your career. It’s the closest thing you can get to real-world experience in a class. It’s also an excellent way to network with some of Indiana’s top commercial real estate companies.

Cameron Beckner, BS’22 | Real estate and finance co-major

The Commercial Real Estate Workshop gave me the confidence to get into a new career that I have an absolute love and passion for. This program is so much more than just a class; it’s truly a first step into a new future.

Heather White, BS’22 | Real estate and finance co-major

Co-Major Faculty

Sara Heidtmann Coers

Sara Heidtmann Coers

Associate Director, IU Center for Real Estate Studies and Lecturer in Real Estate

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Co-major or workshop questions?

If you have questions about enrolling in the Real Estate co-major or workshop, Email Sara Heidtmann Coers at