Ok, so let me just give you profile, and maybe you guys could help point me in the right direction.
I am 26 years old, UCLA/History/3.3gpa, and I have 2 years work experience at a large private land development firm in Los Angeles (working in purchasing). I enrolled in law school right out of undergrad, but dropped out after I quickly realized it wasn’t for me.
Post grad school goals: To work for another land developer (as a project manager), architecture firm, planning firm, consultant, and hopefully I’d do more with sustainable works. I want to work more with the acquisition, design, planning, and even management phases. My long term goal is to build sustainable/green homes on my own someday (on a small scale).
Up until recently I’ve been studying for the GMAT, and only really looking at MBA programs. Then it suddenly hit me, is this really the route I want to take? Maybe there are other, more specialized degrees focused on what I’d like to do. All the project managers at my firm hold MA in Urban Planning, so it suddenly occurred to me that it may be worth looking at, even if only to rule it out as an option. Not only do I want to be happy in what I’m doing, but I’d also like to make more than $30k for the rest of my life. Is a high paying job possible (or even likely, if you look for them?) from a top tier school? I’m not looking to make $250k/yr, but what about $70k-100K/yr, is that possible with a MA in Urban Planning? Aside from all of that, I find the courses to be much more interesting than the MBA, or even the RED. The RED seems like most of it could be learned “on the job”. Anyway, just based on what I’ve revealed, what program do you think might best suit me?
One side question, are there more career options coming out of Harvard GSD or Berkeley with an MA in Urban Planning? I mean, if you wanted to work for KB Homes, or some top consulting firm, would that be possible?