I'm interested in pursuing a planning degree in the next couple of years and my primary interests involve issues facing western cities: massive growth, encroachment on public lands, water rights, and sustainable development.
I'd like to go to a good university, but because of my lack of academic preparation- the college where I got my undergraduate degree didn't have even a geography department, let alone a planning degree (my degree is in Spanish)- probably makes admission into top-tier schools like USC or UCLA unlikely.
I also want to go to a school in the west, since that's where I'd like to work. I've looked at ASU, but I don't have much confidence in their program; it seems somewhat relaxed and almost a second thought to their other school of design programs. The program at the UofA seems tiny.
So, my question is: would I have a problem getting a job in the west if I had a degree from an eastern university? How much of a factor is geography?
I'm interested in the UCincinnati program specifically; I have seen some negative comments about the city and unversity, but I'd be interested in hearing other opinions.
Thanks for the input.