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    Wannabe planner...no experience!

    Hi all,

    I'm interested in pursuing a planning/design career. thing is...i have a BA in polisci with no relevant experience. looking at urban planning curriculums, i'm not sure if thats the path i want to take. i think i'm more interested in design and architecture.

    that being said, i'm not willing to go back for another BA, and i realize i'm not eligible for any M.Arch programs. whats the best way to go about this? a certificate of some kind?

    thanks

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    and i realize i'm not eligible for any M.Arch programs
    not true--you'll just be on the longer track--typically about 3.5 years. yes, some schools do not offer M.Arch to those in your position, but many do.

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    I believe another option is to enroll in a Landscape architecture program. You can get into some LArch programs without formal design background. However, this will still take 3 or more years.

    Anyone care to offer their opinion on which is better for urban design?

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    I think LA is closer to urban design - but some firms won't look at you unless you have an architecture degree.

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    what about gis? that is designed based with analysis, and your degree would suit that. you can get certified in gis at the masters level or even get a associates in gis.

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    Quote Originally posted by jay1 View post
    that being said, i'm not willing to go back for another BA, and i realize i'm not eligible for any M.Arch programs. whats the best way to go about this? a certificate of some kind?
    Depending on your grades, you might be able to make it into a graduate planning program at a second-tier school. When I was attending SUNY/University at Buffalo, the majority of planning grad students had an undergrad in planning or geography, but there were some students from other backgrounds; political science, public affairs, economics, and even English.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    "second tier school"

    I'm pretty sure if he had a competitive academic record, great statement of purpose, great recommendations and adequate GRE, he could make it into most (but not all) 'tier 1s'. Only a couple of the top schools I'm applying mention planning experience as a significant portion of the incoming students.

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