I am a graduate of the program, as is one of the moderators of this fourm, giff57. PM me (PM=private message) and I will be happy to tell you all about it in detail.Contour said:I have been offered admission into University of Iowa's masters in Urban Planning program, but have had little contact with current or former students. Anyone out there who can comment on the their program?
Hello,DecaturHawk said:I am a graduate of the program, as is one of the moderators of this fourm, giff57. PM me (PM=private message) and I will be happy to tell you all about it in detail.
In a nutshell, Iowa's program is policy oriented. If you want to learn how to draw and draft and design, you should probably look into Iowa State or Illinois or one of the other design-oriented schools. If you want a policy orientation, Iowa is top notch. And Iowa City is a great place to spend your grad years. Let me know what your interests are and I can point you to some resources.
Let me start by saying that I graduated in 1987 and there have been some changes since then. It's my impression that the program is better today than it was when I was there, since there is now an emphasis on GIS and computer aided planning that didn't exist in my day. Only a few of the current faculty were there back then, and giff57 is probably a better source of info on the newer faculty than am I.Contour said:Hello,
Thanks for your info. Good to hear that Iowa is top notch for policy. One question, how is missing design detrimental to a career in planning? Any particular way? Any other info you can tell me would be appreciated greatly and compensated with a beer if possible. Which profs are great? What range of classes in other majors is possible? Etc.
Thanks again, Jeff