Note from Michael: This profile is part of The A.CRE Undergraduate Real Estate Series highlighting some of the top undergraduate programs with robust opportunities to study and secure work in commercial real estate. Each profile has been written by a current or former student of the program and is written from their unique perspective on the school and its real estate offerings. A huge thanks to Joshua Hassid, Class of 2017, for taking the time to write this profile of USC.
Growing up in Los Angeles and in a real estate family, I was exposed to the real estate industry from a young age. With this background, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in real estate. When it came time to start thinking about a college to attend, I had a hard time finding pure undergraduate real estate programs at universities.
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Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development (“RED”) Program
With enough research, I was exposed to USC Price’s new Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development (“RED”) program, which is the undergraduate equivalent to the Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development (“MRED”) program. The BRED program is geared to give students a strong foundation in all facets of real estate development, finance and investment, while simultaneously providing students with an understanding of the broader context in which real estate operates.
During orientation for my first day in the BRED program, I quickly realized that my foundational understanding of the real estate industry was quite rudimentary, and that I had a lot to learn. Luckily, in conjunction to the curriculum, Price provides excellent supplementary programs that enriched my experience in school by exposing me to professionals in the industry, internships, and workshops. These programs included the Trojan Real Estate Association (“TREA”), and the Lusk Center for Real Estate (“Lusk”).
Trojan Real Estate Association (“TREA”) and The Lusk Center For Real Estate
TREA provides a forum for undergraduate students to establish their network through events such as alumni speaker panels, project site visits, and opportunities to meet with real estate employers.
Lusk is world renowned as one of the most prominent real estate research centers and, each year, Lusk hosts “Lusk Industry Night”, a networking and information gathering session for industry firms to meet USC real estate students. Both of these programs were important experiences during my time at USC.
Marshall Real Estate Finance Association
MREFA represents students pursuing an education and career in Real Estate Finance at the USC Marshall School of Business. Members have gone on to secure jobs at some of the most renowned firms in the industry such as Blackstone, SL Green, and Goldman Sachs to name a few. The MREFA prepares students in three broad categories of (1) investment, (2) professional development, and (3) membership
Strong Community and Foundation
The BRED program allowed me to meet some of my best friends in the industry, build a strong professional network, develop a broad foundational understanding of real estate, and attain five internships. Since graduation, I have still been able to be involved with both the BRED program and the real estate community at USC by attending TREA alumni panels, attending Lusk Industry Night, and mentoring students.
The experience at USC Price allowed me to hit the ground running once I started working full-time after graduation. I am now working in Kennedy Wilson’s Commercial Investment Group where I focus on acquisitions, asset management, financings, dispositions, and reporting. The experience has been fantastic so far and I hope to continue learning and giving back to USC.
Real Estate Course Offerings at USC
Here is a list of the real estate course offerings available to undergraduate students at the University of Southern California. For a more details, check out the curriculum page here.
Foundations of Accounting
Real Estate Fundamentals
Real Estate Development Analysis
History of Planning and Development
Designing Livable Communities
Analyzing Real Estate Markets
Advanced Finance and Investment
Retail Real Estate
Real Estate Law
Land Use Regulation (4)
Shaping Cities Through Real Estate
Urban and Regional Economics
Urban Transportation Planning and Policy
Sustainable Communities, Policy, and Planning
Technology and the City
Comparative Urban Development
Transportation and Technology and the Future of Mobility
Local Economic Development
Housing and Community Development
Topics in Modern Architecture
Great Houses of Los Angeles
Construction Contracts and Law
Construction Methods and Equipment
Sustainable Design and Construction
About Joshua Hassid: Joshua Hassid is originally from Los Angeles, CA and graduated from USC Price’s Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development program in 2017. While at USC, Joshua was very involved with numerous programs on-campus, which included the Trojan Real Estate Association (“TREA”), USC Price ambassador program, and the 2017 USC Senior Gift Advisory Board. Since graduating from USC, Joshua has been working at Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company that focuses primarily on multifamily and office properties located in the Western United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. In this role, Joshua role focuses on acquisitions, asset management, dispositions, and reporting for the firm’s Commercial Investment Group, which is based out of the firm’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA.