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    USC vs UCLA planning program

    I'm particularly interested in the networks/relationships created, how much the school is willing to help you, the classes (I'm interested in the urban design aspect of planning), and work load.

    Any thoughts?

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    i am in the same position.

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    I have the same questions, so I would be very happy to hear some perspective from current students.

    I found this http://www.spa.ucla.edu/webfiles/sli...currentphoto=1 on the UCLA website - it provides a good visual overview of thesis/project topics from students who graduated in 2009.

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    I graduated from UCLA's program a couple of years ago and found it to be a very well- rounded program.

    I was accepted to USC's program as well and definitely considered going there, but felt it was not as well-rounded as UCLA. It seemed a bit more policy oriented and did not seem to provide the array of classes that UCLA provided. While at UCLA, I studied real estate and economic development with a bit of urban design thrown in. I thought UCLA was very well suited for my interests.

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    Quote Originally posted by drjb View post
    I graduated from UCLA's program a couple of years ago and found it to be a very well- rounded program.

    I was accepted to USC's program as well and definitely considered going there, but felt it was not as well-rounded as UCLA. It seemed a bit more policy oriented and did not seem to provide the array of classes that UCLA provided. While at UCLA, I studied real estate and economic development with a bit of urban design thrown in. I thought UCLA was very well suited for my interests.
    As a prospective student at UCLA with similar interests, I'm wondering if you wound't mind sharing what you do now, and what your employment prospects were immediately post-grad.

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    Quote Originally posted by a.kid View post
    As a prospective student at UCLA with similar interests, I'm wondering if you wound't mind sharing what you do now, and what your employment prospects were immediately post-grad.
    I work for a real estate and economic development consulting firm. Our clients include local municipalities and large real estate development and acquisitions companies. I do a lot of analytical work that includes pro forma modeling and economic modeling.

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    Quote Originally posted by a.kid View post
    As a prospective student at UCLA with similar interests, I'm wondering if you wound't mind sharing what you do now, and what your employment prospects were immediately post-grad.
    Sorry, as for employment prospects, I landed this job a few months before graduating. I graduated two years ago.

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