Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations! By visiting our webpage, you are taking positive steps toward a brighter future. Many students like you have wondered how the program can help them create the career they’ve always wanted. We’ve compiled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions so you can find out a little more about our program, to see if it’s right for you.

What does a property manager do?

Real estate managers are in a service business that works closely with both the owners of the properties they manage and the tenants and residents who live and work within these properties.

What types of property does a property manager oversee?

Properties can range from public housing, apartments, condominiums, community associations and vacation properties to offices, industrial parks and shopping centers.

What type of skill set must a property manager have?

Property managers need to develop skills in finance, accounting, tenant and employee relations, and an understanding of the laws affecting these properties.

How will University of Wisconsin-Stout prepare me for this career?

Because UW-Stout focuses on crafting programs that address the needs of industry, you’ll receive an education that prepares you for this high-demand profession. You’ll learn, both in the classroom and in the real world, the skills you need to become successful. UW-Stout Real Estate Property Management graduates are known for their practical knowledge of the field, their pre-graduation work experience and their professionalism.

As a property manager, what would my responsibilities be?

  1. Management of the physical property: maintenance, inspections and capital improvements

  2. Human resource management: managing the people who maintain and support the property’s operations

  3. Financial management: budgeting, accounting, financial analysis and asset management

  4. Marketing and leasing: advertising and preparing the space for rent, showing the property and negotiating leases

  5. Legal and risk management: insurance, emergency planning and government regulations

What titles do property managers have?

Specific real estate management jobs generally fall into these broad categories:
  • Site manager

  • Property manager

  • Regional manager

  • Asset manager

  • Leasing agent

  • Management company executive

What will I study to prepare for this field?

The Real Estate Property Management major consists of 124 credits with 42 credits in general education and 82 credits of professional studies. The curriculum draws widely from existing courses in the disciplines of business, management, construction, service management, retail and hospitality.

What types of property management internships will be available for me?

A variety of internship positions in both residential and commercial property are available for you in the field of property management. Due to our excellent reputation, employers are always interested in providing learning experiences for Stout students. These experiences are a great way for both you and the employer to learn about each other and assess your potential for future career opportunities.

What student organizations can I join?

IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) is a student-run club that consists of students who have similar career interests in managing various types of property. This student professional organization plans numerous field trips throughout the school year to get a behind-the-scenes look at how various types of property are managed by the professionals in the industry.



For answers to questions not addressed here, contact the program director at the address, telephone, or e-mail address listed on the Contact Information page.