I am interested in both urban studies and architecture and would like to major in one of those fields for undergrad, while majoring in other for graduate studies.
I am applying as a transfer student to multiple undergraduate city planning and urban studies programs at four-year universities within my state, but some of these programs do not have PAB accreditation. Namely, none of the undergraduate planning programs at the UC's are PAB accredited, while the undergrad planning programs at the two Cal Poly campuses are.
However, as I understand from job postings for urban planners, many employers do not mention specifically that they want applicants to have completed a PAB accredited program in planning. In fact, many employers accept entry-level applicants with bachelor's and master's degrees in "related fields", such as architecture, as long as they have knowledge of planning. Some employers went on to say that a master degree was preferred, even though the master's degree may not be directly related to planning.
So, in addition from my preceding concerns, I have the following questions:
-The BLS states that those with undergraduate degrees only in planning will have dimmer job prospects and limited opportunities for advancement in urban planning. In your experience, does this include PAB accredited undergraduate degrees? http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2001.htm#training What if a said undergraduate planning degree holder also has a graduate degree in architecture?
-I understand that New Jersey currently requires licensure for urban planners. Will other states follow suit? If so, will holding a non-PAB accredited undergraduate degree have adverse consequences on that degree holder in the planning profession?
-Should I apply to:
-a non-PAB accredited undergrad planning program (UC, 2 years), then earn a 3-year Master of Architecture (UC or Cal Poly, finishing 5 years from today), OR
-a PAB accredited undergrad planning program (Cal Poly, 3 years), then earn a 3-year Master of Architecture (UC or Cal Poly, finishing 6 years from now), OR
-a non-PAB accredited undergrad planning program (UC, 2 years), then earn a 4.5 to 5-year Master of Architecture/City Regional Planning (UC, finishing 6.5 - 7 years from now)
Keep in mind that I already have two years of undergrad course work, but that the PAB accredited undergrad planning program at Cal Poly only accepts one year of my existing course work.
Sorry for the long post, and thank you for your time!