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The Ball State University Residential Property Management (RPM) program gives students the opportunity to be in one of only a few universities in the country that have an RPM Program. Students have the opportunity to learn about housing, management, marketing and a mix of business and housing related topics. Students in the RPM program make connections nationwide with industry partners from the property management and apartment industry which comprise our RPM Advisory Board.

Students interact with these industry professionals through class projects, field trips, internships, conferences, and professional networking events. These industry professionals serve as RPM class speakers and also make guest appearances at meetings for the RPM student organization, Residential Property Management Association (RPMA).

The Residential Property Management (RPM) Program at Ball State University offers opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, students may also pursue an Apartment Management Certificate. At the undergraduate level, students have the choice to pursue an RPM Major or an RPM Minor. At the graduate level, students may pursue a Master’s Degree Option in RPM. While all of our academic programs are available on campus, the Apartment Management Certificate and the RPM Minor are also available online through Distance Education.

Undergraduate Majors and Graduate students in the RPM Program have the opportunity to sit for both the National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) Exams. Students completing the curriculum, developing and presenting a project, earning industry experience, and passing the exams will earn their NALP and CAM designations. Students pursuing the undergraduate RPM or Apartment Management Certificate are also eligible for the NALP designation.

A variety of scholarships and awards are available for both undergraduate RPM Majors and RPM graduate students as a result of generous contributions from companies on the RPM Advisory Board. The RPM Advisory Board supports travel awards that allow high-achieving students to attend professional conferences such as the Midwest Multifamily Exposition & Education Conference which is hosted by the Indiana Apartment Association (IAA) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference & Exposition.

Even before graduation, RPM students are in high demand. Our program currently has a 100% job placement rate.  RPM Alumni are employed by companies all over the country, starting in a variety of entry-level positions, and then move up very quickly in the industry.

Explore our program’s webpage to learn more about the RPM Program. Check out our RPM News and make sure to connect with us on Facebook.

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The RPM Program offers four ONLINE dual credit courses for high school students. Topics include the basics of housing, introduction to residential property management, marketing and leasing and maintenance practices for property managers. The online classes are asynchronous which mean students do not log in at fixed times but only for deadlines and class discussion. High school students have opportunities for on-site job shadowing experiences and online chats with RPM professionals.

There are several scholarships and awards available in the Residential Property Management Program, which can be found here.

The Residential Property Management (RPM) Advisory Board Merit Endowment Scholarship was established to provide the opportunity for outstanding students to pursue an academic degree in Residential Property Management in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University.

This is a scholarship available only to an incoming freshman majoring in Residential Property Management in the amount of $2500.00. This scholarship is renewable in that amount up to three additional years for a total of $10,000 to the recipient. The recipient of the award will be known as an RPM Advisory Board Merit Scholar.

The RPM Advisory Board provides opportunities for high school students to complete job shadowing experiences with our partners’ companies. Students can experience firsthand what it is like to work in the property management industry and can observe several aspects of property management based on their interests.

In September 2015, we unveiled the Weidner Center for Residential Property Management, complete with interview rooms, a resource desk, and a public lobby with video monitors for marketing the program and industry.

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