Hello, I'm new to Cyburbia and a MUP applicant for the next admission cycle.
I'm intrigued by various program's international planning specializations, however, i've seen numerous posts here on Cyburbia about the prejudice against US planners in the international development planning field. Additionally, I wonder about the availability of US based jobs in international planning and also of the likelihood of being hired for jobs unrelated to intnl planning yet having concentrated in the field in grad school.
I know some schools are better connected to development organizations, MIT, NYU, etc. but schools like UCLA and USC also offer international specializations yet I have spoken to grads of those schools (USC, UCLA) who indicated that the intnl concentrations are weak. I should also note that those students did not concentrate in intnl planning.
Edited: Another issue: are the intnl planning jobs concentrated in certain areas such as NYC, D.C.,?
I would really appreciate any thoughts any of you might have! Thank you in advance :-)