Hello, I have applied to both SUNY Albany and SUNY Buffalo for the planning programs for this fall.
SUNY Albany seems to have a really strong transportation program, especially for alternative and public transit studies, which is what I want to specialize in (well I'm pretty sure I'll like that specialty best). Buffalo doesn't have a specialization in transportation planning.
My first question, how important is specialization for future employment? Do employers only want to hire people with specific training or are they satisfied with seeing an MUP degree in general?
Also, for those of you who went to SUNY Albany, they don't have on campus housing for grad students and I don't drive or own a car. The buses don't run very late either. Are there places to live within walking distance of campus, or another way to get around easily without a car? It would be ironic if I ended up not going to a school with a great alternative transit program because I couldn't get around due to a lack of it. I'm hoping there is a solution.