I am a graduate student studying public administration and I would really like to get into urban/city planning. I expressed this desire to one of my instructors who agreed to help me design an individualized curriculum in which I could take planning "type" courses. When I graduate, my degree will be a Master of Public Administration. My college does not have a planning program (our MPA program is excellent though...)
Am I going to have difficulty finding a job in planning because of my degree? I have read that many employers only hire graduates from accredited planning programs. I have also heard from a few people that it would be difficult to get an AICP certification without an accredited degree. I am just trying to think ahead. I would hate to go to the effort of finding an internship, completing all the courses, and then be jobless when I graduate!
It's not too late for me to shift gears into something else, but I would appreciate any input from those of you already in the field.