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    Certificate program or another MA?

    I received my undergraduate degree in urban studies in 2004 and my Masters in geography in 2006. I've been working for a non-profit think tank in DC around metropolitan policy and urban market reinvestment. However, I'm leaning more towards a career in urban planning. While I gained some critical technology and analysis skills through my Geography MA (GIS, for example) I know I am lacking in education around more formal planning concepts (real estate, zoning, some economics, etc). I am wondering what opinions might be out there regarding the value of getting another Masters, this time in Urban Planning, or just taking a certificate course to fill in the gaps.

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    Have you actually found a certificate course for planning? I've never heard of such a thing. That said, you don't always need a planning degree to be a planner. It definitely helps, but at my last job the other staff planner had a BA in Geography, that's all.
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    Several universities offer the option of taking courses towards a certificate, which would help if I later decide to pursue an additional degree. However, I'm thinking more in terms of taking classes. I suppose my real question should be: if potential employers are looking at my resume, will they be satisfied by courses taken if I have no degree to "show" for it?

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    The only way to know for sure is to ask potential employers directly. If they prefer a degree, certificate, experience then you will have your answer.

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