I was wondering if you had any insight into my upcoming choice. If my goal is to make about $75,000 upon graduation from grad school while at a job that isn't more than 50 hours per week on average (I'll explain why this is my goal later), which graduate school program should i attend?
1. An masters in planning and JD joint degree at a respectable public university, both degrees in four years.
2. The masters in planning degree from MIT.
3. The masters in planning degree from Cornell.
I got some level of scholarship offers from all, but the public university has been most generous. Thus, the total cost of all programs will be roughly the same, but in the first program I also get a JD. If I don't get the JD, the total cost of the first program will be nearly nothing.
I'm open to working in the private sector or the public sector, and am equally interested in planning and also land use law. Having geographic choices after graduation would be nice; I'd like to live on the west coast but it's not a requirement. However, I will definitely need to have a job upon graduation because I have no family to rely on, a chronic health problem, and little savings, so I can't afford to have months in between graduation and my first job. I'll have no place to stay. (Hence why making a salary that allows me to pay back loans comfortably while not being a workaholic is very important.)
I would really appreciate any thoughts, advice or insight. Thanks for reading this post!