My interest in urban planning was piqued while completing a grad school internship at a Community Development Corporation. I have a masters is Social Welfare and am somewhat familiar with urban planning, as the urban planning and social welfare departments were both under UCLA's School of Public Affairs. I'm pretty interested in community economic development and gentrification issues.
I'm interested in applying to masters degree urban planning programs. But I'm not sure if i have the right experience and credentials. Is there a particular profile of an incoming urban planning student? I realize there's a wide spectrum, depending on one's interest area.... but, for example, do most students have a strong econ background? Specific work experience? Technical knowledge?
Also, how competitive is admittance to a program? A few programs I've looked into are NYU, Berkeley, UCLA. My GRE scores aren't so great, and my GPA is pretty solid (undergrad 3.6, grad 3.8). I have a pretty strong research background working in the non-profit sector.
If possible, I'd like to hear more about what aptitude is necessary to enter and succeed in an urban planning program.
Thanks everyone-- I look foward to receiving your input!