I have just browsed threads back to October '05 and did not see this topic, so here goes.
Can anyone give firsthand accounts (or second or third, for that matter) of the Master of Urban Design program at Michigan Taubman School? I am finishing up my first year M.S.U.P. @ Columbia and realizing that I will not be able to get an urban design education in this program. Thinking about doing a second masters... Michigan is the only UD program I have come across that admits people from a UP background rather than just Architecture. One more year of school to learn Urban Design, rather than 3 for an Arch or Landscape Arch degree, is appealing.
But, I am wondering what the value of this degree will be - will having UP and UD degrees, but no Architecture degree, actually allow me to get employed in design? Or should I just forget the MUD and go on for a M.Arch or MLA? (and swallow three more years of school?)