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    Deciding on Master's Program

    I am currently a senior at Northern Michigan University and I will graduate in May with a BS in planning and a certificate in GIS. I have recently been accepted at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and Univ. of Illinois-Urbana for my masters degree in planning. I was wondering if anyone had any comments, concerns, opinions, information, or expressions of outrage at either of these schools. I plan to pursue my PhD after my masters if that has an affect on anyone's response. Thank you in advance for your help.

    Rico

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    Quote Originally posted by cmdrico7812
    I am currently a senior at Northern Michigan University and I will graduate in May with a BS in planning and a certificate in GIS. I have recently been accepted at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and Univ. of Illinois-Urbana for my masters degree in planning. I was wondering if anyone had any comments, concerns, opinions, information, or expressions of outrage at either of these schools. I plan to pursue my PhD after my masters if that has an affect on anyone's response. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Illinois has the larger and better recognized program. However, given that you plan on continuing for your PhD you could probably go to either school and do okay.

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    If you intend to become an academic, think about a masters at one school and a PhD at another.

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    Quote Originally posted by mike gurnee
    If you intend to become an academic, think about a masters at one school and a PhD at another.
    I would agree with this except that most schools that offer both a masters and PhD will substantially reduce the coursework requirement for a masters graduate from their own department. Since Rico is already going to a different school for his masters from his undergrad I think it would be okay for him to do his masters and PhD at the same school.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dharmster
    Illinois has the larger and better recognized program.
    I disagree. Illinois churns out planners for the Chicago market. Madison's program may not be as big, but it sends grads everywhere, probably because there are no planning jobs in Wisconsin. I think it also depends on what areas you intend to focus on.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    I disagree. Illinois churns out planners for the Chicago market.
    Yes, but if he's going on for a PhD, he could probably save a year of coursework by doing both degrees at Illinois.

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    Wisconsin Madison has more of a research focus, which is perfect if you want to pursue a PhD later. While the program is fine at Illinois, I'd go Madison for research purposes.

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