I graduated with a professional bachelor in architecture from McGill University in 1997. I am interested in pursuing post-graduate studies in urban planning- some of my interest are historic preservation, urban renewal, international development, all within the context of large urban cities. I have looked at some of the Ivy League schools: Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, but I am wondering- Is the expense worth it? Will a big name diploma make a difference in the type of job I can get afterwards, in other words is it worth paying for the reputation? Furthermore are there other universities which offer comparable degrees at more affordable rates (in Canada, the UK or France)? I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.