I have a few questions about urban planning masters programs in Australia. Its always been a dream of mine to move there (original, eh) and doing a post-grad degree there seems to be the most feasible way to do so. Presently I'm in my fourth year of a BA majoring in econ and geography at my hometown uni in Canada. I've done internships with the provincial government and hope to do more after I graduate, so this is all a few years off. Unfortunately, planning-specific internships here are limited to those in urban planning degrees (not offered at my school).
I'm wondering about a few things:
a) Which two-year masters programs in Aus have the best reputation? So far I get the impression that the University of Melbourne is tops, but I'd like to hear from those with experience at La Trobe or Adelaide's schools - they're cheaper and I haven't been able to find out much about them online.
b) I've noticed that many planners in Aus begin there careers right after finishing their undergrad degree. Would my lack of planning experience prior to starting a masters hinder my chances of finding a job?
c) I'm considering getting a GIS diploma after I graduate and working a year or two in that field. Is GIS considered a valuable skill in the planning field in Aus?
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