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    Cyburbian
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    IMPORTANT: Grad school question, need help! YOU can change my life!

    I want to be a CEQA/NEPA Project Manager/Environmental Planner

    Or even just an Environmental Risk Consultant or Green Consultant for big businesses.

    I have an Unaccredited degree from UC San Diego in Urban Studies and Planning. I currenly intern at a County office as a Planning intern.

    I plan on going back to school, but Iím not sure if I should get a M.S. in Environmental Studies/Science/Management or get a Masters of Urban Planning with a focus on Environmental Policy/Analysis.

    Which makes me more marketable? Flexible? Which is the smarter choice!?

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    Cyburbian Raf's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by jabba rookie View post
    I want to be a CEQA/NEPA Project Manager/Environmental Planner

    Or even just an Environmental Risk Consultant or Green Consultant for big businesses.

    I have an Unaccredited degree from UC San Diego in Urban Studies and Planning. I currenly intern at a County office as a Planning intern.

    I plan on going back to school, but Iím not sure if I should get a M.S. in Environmental Studies/Science/Management or get a Masters of Urban Planning with a focus on Environmental Policy/Analysis.

    Which makes me more marketable? Flexible? Which is the smarter choice!?

    MS in ES. the Masters of Urban Planning is too broad for CEQA/NEPA. The real money is in being a "specialist" EIR someone who knows how to pull shite out of the arse and call it a climate action plan. Just sayin.
    Men do dumb $hit... it is what they do to correct the problem that counts.

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    Quote Originally posted by Raf View post
    MS in ES. the Masters of Urban Planning is too broad for CEQA/NEPA.
    I second this. Since you already have a planning background, you will need the science and environmental stuff that the M.S. in Environmental Studies/Science/Management provides. To work your way up to a project manager level, you will need to be able to write some of the various resource sections when they arenít so complex that a specialist is required, and will need to be able to interpret and speak the language of the specialists when they are needed on a project.

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    Doesn't the fact that my BA is unaccredited matter?

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    Quote Originally posted by jabba rookie View post
    Doesn't the fact that my BA is unaccredited matter?
    If you mean not accredited by the APA, no. APA accreditation is largely meaningless IMHO.

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    Quote Originally posted by jabba rookie View post
    Doesn't the fact that my BA is unaccredited matter?
    Accreditation only matters in that it shortens the time in which it takes you to get the AICP certification after graduation. Most employers likely won't know whether a program is accredited or not. So as long your degree says planning on it, you should be fine.

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