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    Planners with architecture background vs. political science/ public policy background

    Hi all,
    I am seriously considering applying to an MUP program BUT I am a little bit nervous about employment prospects post-Graduate school since I do not any undergrad experience in architecture or planning. I have a BA in Political Science from a public university and have been working for almost two years at a planning board.
    My main concern of course is looking for a job post-Graduate school. How important is it to have architecture training, is it expected of future planners?

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    Don't worry about it at all. I'm at Harvard now and my class has architects, planners, historians, archeologists, economists, political scientists, anthropologists, geographers, a lawyer and a divinity school graduate. Planning's a broad field, there is nothing wrong with having people come to it from a lot of different backgrounds.

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    Not a problem

    I "fell" into planning 20-ish years ago; the sum total of my experience at the time was a Bachelor's in Political Philosophy and two classes in the History of Cities.

    Many of the planners I know with MUP's don't have undegrad degrees in planning.

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    Don't worry about it. My degree is in public administration. Most of planning is learned hands-on and most employers know that. What we look for is attitude, basic skills, teachability and how you will work with the rest of the staff.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by postnatally View post
    Hi all,
    I am seriously considering applying to an MUP program BUT I am a little bit nervous about employment prospects post-Graduate school since I do not any undergrad experience in architecture or planning. I have a BA in Political Science from a public university and have been working for almost two years at a planning board.
    My main concern of course is looking for a job post-Graduate school. How important is it to have architecture training, is it expected of future planners?
    You'll see when you go for your MUP that there is a wide diversity of undergrad degrees - mine was Environmental Hort. Don't worry about it. As long as you can think and are politic then that's a good start.

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