I am an undergrad rising senior with no previous academic or work experience in urban planning. I've been interested in urban planning (in relation to developing countries) for quite long but haven't done any concrete work - like taking relevant classes or summer internships.
I am interested in housing, informal settlements, urban development, refugee issues in developing countries and planning to pursue JD-MUP joint degree. I've searched for some MUP/MCP programs with international focus and came up with my school list: NYU Wagner MUP, MIT MUP, UC Berkeley MCP, U Mich MUP, and Columbia MUP.
I am concentrating in Development Studies and Economics at Brown. (GPA around 3.88) Expected GRE score based on diagnostic test is 1400 + (I am planning to take it when i go back to the states this September). Most of the internships and other extracurricular have something to do with development(refugees, migrants, indigenous population, human rights, etc) but not necessarily with urban planning. Given my weakness in urban planning-related experience, I think I might change the senior thesis topic which I am currently working on to make it something more relevant to urban planning stuffs. Do you think this would be enough to show my interest in urban planning?
Based on my numbers and past experience solely related to non-urban planning development stuffs, what do you think my chances are for these schools? Any candid opinion would be greatly appreciated!
Btw I am an international applicant and will apply for financial aid as well.