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I'm applying this fall for a master's in urban planning but I'm a bit all over the place in selecting which schools I want to apply to. I've known I wanted to work within an international context but I'm realizing that I'm not really sure what I want to work on after grad school. I just know I'm interested in building cities for women, sustainable cities, mixed used neighborhoods, public transit, mapping and art as part of the city. So I guess I can also work more locally but I've always being drawn to work abroad. I've spent 3 years after college living in Latin America so I've come across things like water/electricity shortage, informality, public health concerns, etc. So I'm not sure anymore if I should only look out for programs with an international planning concentration or also include programs that focus on transportation, housing, or community development (not sure which concentrations meet my interests). I've mentioned to some people that I want to study international development/planning and they freak out a bit since they assume I'm talking about the white savior complex so I'm concerned that maybe I'm not understanding if I can actually do international work without participating in this (i.e. couldn't work for USAID since rn it's only concerned in fulfilling the special interest of the US)

I guess these are my questions:
1) what kind of jobs does someone that studies international planning get after grad school and that don't partake in the white savior syndrome?
2) what concentration(s) fit my interests the best? How feasible is to have more than 1 concentration?
3) what are the benefits of going to a design-oriented school vs. one focused on policy
4) these is my list for now in no particular order: Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, MIT, Berkeley, UCLA, NYU, UMichigan, USC and Rutgers. Anything else I should consider? Should I eliminate something from my list? My goal is to apply to only to 4-6 schools that I really really like
 

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As a late #okboomer #getoffmylawn type of gal, I would say if I knew someone getting into planning right now, I would tell them to focus on disaster/emergency planning along with climate change - I think you can factor in international studies and community development into that academic work but I think those skills will be useful and resume worthy to find work once you graduate

I don't know who has the best program for that right now but the list you have is very good in general - I think design plus policy is important but there's only so many credit hours in a day so take a little of both

I am a SUNY-ESF/SU grad myself - their Landscape Architecture/Planning program does have an off-campus element to it so that would support a semester in another country
 
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As a late #okboomer #getoffmylawn type of gal, I would say if I knew someone getting into planning right now, I would tell them to focus on disaster/emergency planning along with climate change - I think you can factor in international studies and community development into that academic work but I think those skills will be useful and resume worthy to find work once you graduate

I don't know who has the best program for that right now but the list you have is very good in general - I think design plus policy is important but there's only so many credit hours in a day so take a little of both
I am a mid #okboomer #getoffmylawn type, and I agree with lp's suggestions. I would add if I knew back when given our current circumstance, I would suggest some public health.

I did not graduate from any of the schools you listed & that was nearly 30 yrs ago - so of course I don't know who is best.
 
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