Does anyone have any comments about UW-Madison's planning program? I've already made up my mind and am starting there this Fall. Just wondering what other's thoughts were. I just want to be assured that I am getting a respectable degree that will garner me some gainful employment nationally.
Well, after plenty of consideration, I ended up selecting UW-Madison's program. Here were my reasons.
1. They offer the opportunity to earn a dual MPA/MURP degree in 3 years. Very few schools allow this. My interest in Public Policy is high, so it was important. Also, UW-Madison's LaFollette School of Public Affairs is well ranked.
2. Though I haven't heard much of UW's planning program, they are accredited and have a well rounded curriculum.
3. UW-Madison also offers a Certificate in Transportation Management and Policy. This is completed by structuring one's curriculum to include certain transportation-related courses. Since my interest in planning is mainly in TOD and transportation planning, I liked this offering.
4. I was given a Fellowship (for the MPA program). However, the Urban & Regional Planning program offers plenty of PA/TA opportunities to fund other semesters.
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- Michael R.