Hello all, I just wanted some tips/comments from fellow planning students and planning professionals on what they think my chances might be to get into a good masters program based on my specs. I am a UC Irvine student and am staying for one extra quarter into my fifth year this fall. I'm planning on submitting my applications this fall to attend a MURP or similar program for Fall 2012 in order to enter a career in environmental planning (EIRs etc). I'm so far going to apply to UCI, UCLA, and Cal Poly Pomona.
Majors: Urban Studies, Criminology/Law
Minor: Political Science
GRE: taken last week.
Writing- ? (haven't received yet)
1 quarter at real estate law firm.
1 upcoming quarter at an environmental and transportation planning and engineering firm (Parsons Brinckerhoff, I'm 99.9% sure I nailed the interview).
1 quarter w/ the Green Campus Program
1 quarter research assistance for a criminology lecturer.
Currently helping the Chair of the Planning, Policy and Design department with some research.
Letters of Rec that I'm going to try to ask for:
1 from one of my undergraduate professor who also teaches in the MURP program. He is very friendly with me and we've spoken many times outside of class.
1 from the professor I'm currently helping out with research. He is the chair of the PPD department and is also makes decisions for the UCI MURP program.
Taking 1 graduate MURP class this fall (Transportation and Environmental Health) with the undergraduate/graduate professor I mentioned earlier.
Taking an undergraduate GIS class this fall.
Worked with a campus green club to secure funding for an on-campus hydration station for reusable water bottles.
So based on this stuff, what do you think my chances are at a good masters program? I'm pretty sure I can get into Pomona or Irvine, but I'm really hoping to go to Los Angeles. (Of course, I know that a lot of this still depends on my personal statement, etc etc).