In deciding which Masters Program to attend come this fall, the decision will be made between PSU and USC. I have visited the programs and I have gotten completely different vibes about them, as they are completely different programs located in completely different environments. Portland seems to offer an innovative & progressive course of study that appears to be very socially concious and idealistic, which is exactly what I am looking for. However, I'm just not sure whether a degree that consists of a lot of sociological focused courses will equate to a low employment demand in the real world. And I'm just not sure whether the prestige, career resources, networking potential and opportunities are comparable to USC (but of course this difference is seen in USC's tuition). If I will be looking to work outside of the west coast, and eventually internationally, will one program put me in a worse position than the other? Will the large difference in USC's tuition be worth it in the end?
I am looking to focus on local econ development, revitalization, redevelopment, community development, etc. Any advice, information, or even conceptions regarding the programs would be greatly appreciated.