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    KU MUP?

    Hey everyone, I am graduating next month (March) with a BS in Design & Technical Graphics from the Art Institute of Houston, but my passion has always been transportation planning and design, particularly rails. This particular program (which I am the first ever graduate of) was very heavy on concept design and CAD/3D modeling computer programs. Initially my idea was to just go to work for a civil engineering firm as tech support and eventually work my way up to something more in line with what my interests are, but I've been offered a job as an engineering tech at a firm in the Kansas City, KS area and I got to thinking...I was looking into the KU MUP program and was wondering if anyone had any input about the program there?

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    Congrats on your impending graduation and your job offer. If you will already be living in the area, the KU MUP program would be fine for you. I did not go there, but I work in transportation in the area, and half of my department went through that program, with more alum in other departments at my employer. (I didn't go there because I grew up here and did my undergrad at a local university, so I wanted to go to another area for grad school - where I promptly wrote about half of my papers on Kansas City issues.) I probably would have gotten a more applied education at KU, which is, imo, what you would want for getting a job in transportation planning. Ton of alums in the area. Having a job right now is the best thing. You could always check if your employer has a tuition reimbursement program that would apply to that degree and go to school part time to start.
    Last edited by flaneuse; 20 Feb 2011 at 6:37 AM.

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    flaneuse, thanks for the congrats and your input, it is greatly appreciated! And yes, my plan is to wait at least a little bit before going back to school, mostly in hopes of working for someone who has a tuition reimbursement program. Also means I need to start studying for (and sign up for) the GRE. Great to know that the KU program is a quality one though!

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