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    Corporate Slave --> MUP/MBA?

    Hi All,

    I graduated from Northwestern University a couple years ago double majoring in Political Science and Urban Studies (3.6 GPA). I also wrote an honor's thesis on racial/urban politics. Since graduation, I've been working in corporate finance at a Fortune 500 company, but I was thinking of putting some of my academic interests/undergrad education to use and pursue a career in urban planning, real estate development or urban design.

    I'm still early in the process and I'm considering MUP/MBA programs like the one at Michigan. I just had a few questions and hope y'all could help me out...

    1) I am trying to gain knowledge and experience in the planning world in my spare time. Any suggestions on how to go about this?

    2) Can I get into a MUP program with literally no related work experience or internships in the field?

    3) Besides Michigan, what are some of the other MUP/MBA out there?

    Thanks!

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    Have you considered an MPA? (Public Administration?)
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    A good way to getting planning experience on the side is to be on a local planning board (Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, etc).
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    I can answer #2:
    YES! In my class of 26 only 2 had an urban planning undergraduate degree and/or had done a planning internship. The backgrounds of my classmates was a total grab bag. We had English, History, Psychology, Nat. Resources Majors--you name it.

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    If you're interested in both planning and business, you'd probably better served looking into an MRED or MPA. A dual masters seems unnecessary and even a bit overkill if you can get a single degree that accomplishes what you want.

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