I am currently looking into applying to the a Masters of Urban Planning program at Virginia Commonwealth University here in Richmond. I have a BA in Historic Preservation, and no student debt from that. My main concern is that the program is about $25k for two years. Do any of you out there think it's viable to pay that back on a planner's salary? I've always had an interest in planning, but have been hesitant to go for a masters and be forced to take such a heavy amount of debt. Yet, I don't think I can get my foot in the door without a degree as I do not have direct planning experience.. Does anyone think this is a reasonable investment?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts,