Looking for a degree that will offer you career opportunities nationwide and make you attractive to employers before you even graduate? Our bachelor’s degree in residential property management (RPM) could put you on the path to managing multimillion-dollar apartment communities and other residential properties across the U.S.
You’ll connect with industry power-players from all over the country through class projects, field trips, internships, conferences, professional networking events, and more. Plus, you’ll be welcomed into a close-knit, professional community of educators and peers who will be with you every step of the way.
Through Ball State’s RPM program, you will have the opportunity to earn the following designations at the student rate, ultimately helping your marketability to potential employers after graduation:
You'll get out of the classroom and gain hands-on experience in a real, operational boutique apartment building. Students in our program have created a resident handbook, developed a Facebook page as part of a marketing plan, and helped set up and maintain our operation through other projects at Maplewood Mansion Learning Lab. Located in the heart of Minnetrista, Maplewood houses Indiana University School of Medicine Muncie students completing their clerkships in the area.
As a residential property management major, you will take courses in housing, interior design, marketing, leasing, maintenance, management, accounting, real estate, and many others. Many courses provide hands-on learning experiences and opportunities to interact with apartment industry professionals.
A few of the classes you will take include:
- Housing Decisions
- Marketing and Leasing Residential Properties
- Apartment Financial Management
- Management of Government-Assisted Housing
For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Residential Property Management?
If you choose to work in the industry, there is a job for you. Entry-level salaries are competitive with generous benefits, bonuses, and commissions. RPM alumni are employed by companies all over the country and advance quickly in their industry. Career opportunities in multifamily housing include on-site and corporate-level positions in:
- apartment communities
- condominium communities
- government-assisted housing
- manufactured housing
- military housing
- retirement communities
- student housing
Career opportunities in commercial property management are also available.
The National Apartment Association and the National Multi-Housing Council report that new apartment construction and existing apartment operations generated an economic contribution of $225 billion to the national economy and supported 2.6 million jobs in 2011, the most recent year for which data are available.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts RPM employment will increase 12 percent to 332,000 between 2012 and 2022, which will accompany a projected increase in the nation’s stock of apartments, houses, and offices.
Paying for Your Education
Apply for a Merit Scholarship
About four of every five students receive some kind of merit- or need-based assistance with their tuition and fees. On top of the dozens of options our university offers its students, Miller College of Business gives several awards every year to its own students. Learn more.
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Are you interested in our program? The first step is applying for admission to the university.
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