I'm a rising senior at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where my concentration involves the relationship of people with the built environment through history, and representations of urban form in film and literature. I'm wondering whether my interdisciplinary, liberal arts program makes me a strong or weak candidate for the MUP programs at MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, and UCLA. My GPA is around a 3.75 right now, and will likely be a bit higher by the time I apply in January. I have taken a good amount of social science and urban design studies courses, which have helped me form my concentration. Some of my more relevant courses for MUP prep have been:
Shaping the Urban Environment
Economics Principles I
Cities, Communities, and Urban Life
Cities in Global Context
Urban Design and The Law
Black Urban Studies
Modern Architecture: 1914-Present
I would have taken practical courses in architecture/planning, but NYU has nothing to offer in those areas.While I am interested in looking at cities from the perspectives I've studied as an undergrad, I want to merge that with the more practical skills I would gain in an MUP program, and potentially enter a Ph.D program after an MUP program.
Do I have a decent shot at any of these schools?