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    Planning + MPA?

    In my grad program, there are a growing number of people pursuing dual degrees in planning and public administration. In today's world, are people with both degrees more likely to become the next PD?

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    No. People with good people skills that can complete quality projects and are in the right place at the right time can become Planning Directors.

    Students freak-out way too much about getting into the right schools or the right programs. In reality you can graduate from Harvard and be as dumb as a tree stump. Passion is worth infinitely more than the name of the degree on your diploma.

    If you like policy or managing government an MPA is a viable option. If you like to draw pretty pictures and use $5 words youd probably be happier in Planning.

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    Dec 2009
    Meridian Township, MI


    As a current MPA student, my thinking (based on my limited experience) is that, to be a director of a planning department, or any department for that matter, an understanding of managment, finance, organization, etc. could be extremely helpful. My PD is extremely knowledgable, but a horrible manager. Sure, the right kind of person could manage a department without the MPA, but I'd like to have that background before taking on a whole department. Maybe I'm just trying to validate my own academic choices, but the MPA certainly won't be a detriment.

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
    Aug 2001
    South Milwaukee
    I have the dual you speak of, and it definitely helped me in the public sector. Private sector, not so much.

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