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  1. #1
    Sep 2005

    Colorado - Denver

    Does anyone know if CU-Denver is a more policy driven or hands on type program for the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning.

    Also, any of your thoughts on their department as a whole would be helpful.

    Thank you.

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    Cyburbian zman's avatar
    Apr 2004
    Tri-Cities, Washington
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    I have only thought about the program and driven past the campus a number of times. Be patient, there are a couple of UCD Alums on the Throbbing Brain that love to talk...
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  3. #3
    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    When I went there -
    - they were strong supporters of internships;
    - the studio classes were client driven with deliverable products; and
    - strong adjucnt faculty - specifically in Law;
    so I would say hands on.

    For me the effort and experience was worthwhile.

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    Cyburbian DCBuff's avatar
    May 2005
    NW of a swamp called DC
    Cu-Denver is not really policy based, but the school has a dual degree program with the school of public Admin, if policy is what you are after. I graduated From CU-Denver a year ago and I think it was a very good program that provided a number of options: including Public Admin., historic preservation cert., Urban Design cert., and GIS cert. I would echo what JNA said, "every class taught by a lawyer is great (Planning Law, Growth Management, etc.) " and not just because of their end of the semester parties. Denver is a great city with a number planning firms, good planning projects and examples in the area, and just a great location right downtown. Any other questions let me know. Good luck!

    Go Buffs!
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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
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    The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center or UCDHSC as it is now known.. http://www.ucdhsc.edu/ ...PHEEW....say that five times fast..... is more of a hands on program. The internships and adjunct faculty are two very strong parts of the program. Economic, Physical/Historic and Environmental Planning are strong (Great adjunct faculty teaching law classes related to environmental and general planning). The Real Estate emphasis should be considered a decent option because of the adjunct faculty. Transportation and Policy are not as strong....but that's just my take and I've been out for a few years now. Oh and no significant social planning since Bernie Jones left
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  6. #6
    Sep 2005
    Denver, CO
    Quote Originally posted by DCBuff
    I would echo what JNA said, "every class taught by a lawyer is great (Planning Law, Growth Management, etc.) " and not just because of their end of the semester parties.
    So funny you say that... those lawyer-taught planning classes (specifically growth management and the end-of-year party) sent me to law school

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