Support For Your Success

At the Cox School of Business, you'll earn more than a graduate degree, you'll form connections that will last for decades.

The ecosystem at SMU Cox is shaped for student success.

From acceptance to well beyond graduation, our Cox School faculty, staff, and network offer support tailored for you and your long-term success. We purposefully keep class sizes small — taught by stellar faculty who consistently work on research and publications — to ensure you're the focus. Additionally, we offer career coaching through our Career Management Center, offer connections via a close and involved alumni network that's waiting to lift you up, and offer an unmatched geographic location to make your MSRE degree incredibly impactful. At the Cox School of Business, you'll earn more than a graduate degree, you'll form connections that will last for decades.

Faculty: Learn from the Best

The MSRE is an immersive experience at SMU Cox. We teach skills, but we connect you with faculty who are consulting for Fortune 500s, who are continuing to research and publish, and even remain entrepreneurial. Class sizes are smaller, events are offered weekly between students and local business leaders, and networking with professionals who will invest in you and your success.

Meet the Faculty

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James Ray

Adjunct Professor of Real Estate

James Ray is a portfolio manager at MetLife Investment Management, where he oversees a $390M development fund focused on single-family rentals. Prior to moving into portfolio management, James invested more than $1 billion (with a focus on development) on behalf of MetLife and its clients across varying product types and metropolitan areas. He is a member of ULI, ICSC and The Real Estate Council of Dallas and has served on multiple boards and steering committees.

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Rick Perdue

Adjunct Professor of Real Estate

Rick Perdue serves as President of Rosewood Property Company, bringing with him more than 25 years of real estate experience. With this expertise, he guides the firm’s strategic vision and oversees the various asset classes, including office, retail, multifamily, self-storage and industrial. Throughout his career, Mr. Perdue has managed the development, acquisition, and disposition of several million square feet of real estate.

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Wally Boudry

MSRE Program Director, Clinical Professor of Real Estate

Wally Boudry is the Clara R. and Leo F. Corrigan, Sr. Endowed Chair and Clinical Professor of Real Estate. An award winning teacher and researcher, his research expertise is in real estate capital markets, with a focus on real estate investment trusts (REITs). His recent publications have examined REITs' pricing efficiency, diversification benefits, repurchase decisions, dividend payout policy, and security issuance decisions.

Create Your Career Path: The Career Management Center

Get the next step in your career journey started with the Career Management Center (CMC). The CMC is staffed with career coaches who are former recruiters, analysts, and consultants who understand the ins and outs of moving into the corporate world. Their advice and guidance help you shape your resume, negotiate for the salary you deserve, and they aim to help you land your dream career after you complete your MSRE. 

The CMC offers seminars, on-campus interviews, career fairs, and networking opportunities throughout the MSRE, starting at day one. No matter where you want to go - to a financial institution or a global company - the CMC at SMU Cox is your asset for success.

Discover more about how the CMC can help you.

Grow as a Leader

Graduates from the MSRE program will be trained and qualified for roles across the real estate industry ranging from real estate investment management to real estate development to real estate brokerage as well as roles in the real estate capital markets.  In the past year, SMU Cox students have secured internships and/or full-time roles with some of the industry’s leading firms, including:

  • JPMorgan Chase Real Estate Banking
  • Lennar
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Link Logistics
  • Matthews Real Estate Investment Services
  • Newmark
  • Northmarq
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Rogers Healy and Associates
  • Stream Realty Partners
  • Trammell Crow Company
  • Venture Commercial Real Estate
  • Walker & Dunlop
  • Wells Fargo
  • Canyon Partners
  • CBRE
  • Colliers
  • Crow Holdings Capital
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Dominium
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Eastdil Secured
  • Fortress Investment Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Greystar
  • Howard Hughes Company
  • Invesco Real Estate
  • Invitation Homes
  • JLL Capital Markets

Grow as a Leader

Leadership isn't a skill that comes from researching, but instead from experiential learning. That's why you can tap into the Business Leadership Center (BLC) while working on your MSRE degree at SMU Cox. Through weekly programming that offers real-world experiences and honing of your skillset. The BLC prepares you for the road laid before you. 

See the full range of BLC programming

Highlight: Business Leadership Center Seminars

"Industry leaders bring life to leadership lessons at BLC with 4 weekly seminars by pros from Accenture, Dell, Disney, Texas Instruments, Xerox. From branding to conflict management, bridging classroom to boardroom. BLC seminars on your SMU Cox resume showcases your extra efforts.

Learn more about the BLC seminars