I am currently a senior at Southwest Texas State University (becoming Texas State University) and am working an internship. Though my degree will be in urban & regional planning, I'm discovering a fondness for city management activities. I still want to work in planning, but I'm not sure about how to go about choosing a Master's program. I would like to find a Master of Public Administration program that has emphasis in planning. If that's not possible, would I be insane to get a Master's in both Planning and Public Administration?
I really enjoy planning in smaller towns. In many cases, the Planning director serves as a community development director that addresses issues beyond what is intensely covered in my degree (CDBG, economic development, etc.). Also, in some cases a planning director may double-dip as an Assistant City Manager. I see myself eventually working as a City Manager, so I want to ensure that I am qualified for that responsibility.
I'm trying to stay in the South-Central Texas area so I can continue working full-time in my current city while a attend school at night. I'm looking at University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Incarnate Word and returning to Southwest Texas to get my Master's. I could sure use some advice, especially regarding these three programs.
Thanks for your advice.