So I know that I'm walking well treaded territory here but I really need better direction on how to choose a school for Urban Planning. I have a BS in Economics and am pretty set on wanting to study in a school located in or very near an established urban environment. I need access to good internships and I guess I want something that's accredited. I also would love to have the ability to work in different parts of the world. My questions are:
a) Is picking an "accredited" program extremely important?
b) What kind of tests do I need to take to be accepted into a grad program?
c) Should I have a better idea of what I want to concentrate on within Urban Planning before I seek out to get my MUP like transportation planning, economic etc?
d) What kind of academic factors affect what kind of scholarships I can get?
e) Does anyone have any other advice that would help me or recommendations on schools?
f) Is there someplace I can go to that can answer general questions like these for me (like a book or organization) so that I don't have to keep bothering people?!
Any help is appreciated!