I'm deciding between a geography and an urban planning program that have both offered me full assistantships. Of course the programs are fundamentally different and I have no idea what to do!!!!!! The Geography research assistantship will be in conjunction with a government agency and I'd be working on a specific land use/socioeconomic impact/GIS project. It is year round and will likely lead to a full position after I graduate. The project is new so publishing is a definite possibility. Also, I'd be exposed to other disciplines, i.e. environmental sciences and get to use my background in economics
For the Urban Planning program I have the option of a full time or part time teaching assistantship in a graduate class I loved in undergrad. I'd get the experience of teaching and working closely with a professor. And this is a more prestigious school.
I could be wrong but I feel torn because I think the Geography degree will be too technical and GIS/spatial analysis-focused and I feel the Urban Planning program with a specialization in economic development is more broad and not technical enough to warrant me a decent salary after graduation.
Ultimately I want to go back into policy reasearch/consulting and don't really have any desire to work for a municipality/CDC or the like. They are both good opportunities but I just need some objective opinions. Thanks!!