I'm applying to four New York City planning/policy programs and having a major moment of confusion. I'm not sure which type of degree would be more strategic for me to get -- an MUP or a policy degree?
I want to focus on redevelopment and housing issues, specifically working to involve low-income communities in the redevelopment of their neighborhoods. I am also interested in developing low-income housing and improving current public housing. I have several years of nonprofit experience working with low income communities to develop programs and I am interested in focusing on the community development concentration in grad school.
I am applying to Pratt, NYU, Columbia and the New School. I visited New York last month and these programs all stood out as places I could see myself thriving in. However, I'm not really sure which skill set will do the most for me -- the policy, management and finance angle of the policy programs or the more traditional and design-oriented planning degree.
Anyone in this boat? Thoughts?