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    Mar 2008
    Hudson, WI

    University of Minnesota planning?

    Has anyone heard, or attended the University of Minnesota for a grad degree in planning? I am thinking of applying there this year but I have heard that it is mostly theory based and not applied planning. If anyone cold help me out with this I would appreciate it. I know you have to learn some theory but I don't want it to dominate my studies.

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    Cyburbian rcgplanner's avatar
    Aug 2007
    Back in SE Texas
    As a alum of the other graduate planning program in the state of Minnesota, I will echo those conceptions. I was always told that MN State's program was much more practically based. I know one of MSU's professors teaches at the U of M as well. It seems like more planners in MN are alums of MSU, but I don't know what U of M's stats are.

    IF you are looking for a practically based program I would strongly suggest you look at Minnesota State's program. Feel free to IM me if you have any questions.

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    Cyburbian Masswich's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Ocean to the east, land to the west
    OK, here's my perspective as a graduate of the U of M's planning program (1995). It is somewhat theory-oriented, although I hear it has become much better. However, I still think its a great place to get a planning education, for the following reasons:

    1. Financial aid is generous. I got a free ride plus a stipend each year, for no apparent reason...
    2. The Twin Cities are a great planning laboratory for those intereste in "urban" urban planning (housing, transit, neighborhood planning, etc.)
    3. The political and policy side of planning is an important part that is often neglected at other schools. Understanding the impact of tax structures on planning, for example, is important.
    4. The University is huge, which has its drawbacks if you're looking for a warm and fuzzy experience but means it offers a huge amount of classses/electives

    Anyway, I liked it a lot. I think that if your main interest is design, you may be frustrated a bit (the design courses are in the Architecture school, on the other side of the river, although I understand the connection has become far stronger than it was when I was there.) But if you're interested in land use policy and such, its a great school.

    Good luck.

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