I was talking with a friend of mine from planning school this past week and she mentioned she was thinking about going back to school part-time for an additional degree. She already has a B.A. in political science and a M.U.P., so she has a solid policy foundation. She was thinking about either a M.L.A., a Master of Urban Design or a J.D. She would like something that would compliment her planning education and experience. She is currently a municipal planner. My thoughts on each degree are as follows:
M.L.A.- I think could be useful, but not sure in what context. Would help in reviewing landscape plans, but is it worth the extra education?
Urban Design- Useful, but limited in a municipal standpoint as municipal planners do more policy work than design work.
J.D.- The most useful in a municipal position as much of the municipal planners work has to do with interpreting and writing ordinances. Still is it worth an additional 4 years of education?
So what say you, collective throbbing brain of Cyburbia. What are your thoughts on additional education and these potential degrees?