Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
At this time of year, many prospective graduate students are asking themselves if they should apply to planning programs. This is a good question. Planning is a diverse field and it can be hard to figure out if it will be the right fit.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 9:00am PST
As students plan their spring semester courses and make early plans for the summer, they often wonder how to choose a planning specialization or concentration. They ask how important the concentration is for their future career as a planner.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:50am PST
What should graduate students read the summer before entering planning school? For those with some time on their hands the following suggestions can help provide direction.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:25am PDT
How should a statement of purpose for a graduate school application differ from one for an undergrad program? This post outlines the elements of a compelling graduate school statement.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:00am PST
Making the most of being a student requires more than just completing the course credits necessary for a degree. See my suggestions for activities beyond the classroom that are key to getting a great education.
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 2:02pm PST
For those wanting to enter graduate school in 2013, applications will soon be due. Students investigating options
often ask if it makes a difference where the planning school is located—in a
design school, a public policy college, or in other locations like colleges of agriculture
or arts and sciences. The short answer is it matters less to students than many think.
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 8:22am PDT
If you are applying to graduate school in
planning, how much do GREs matter? Like many things in planning the answer varies
with the person and program. Below I provide some general advice.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 4:22pm PDT
Study after study highlights
writing as a major skill that planning employers are looking for in new hires.
Two specific kinds of writing seem most challenging to beginning planners.
Monday, October 8, 2012 - 1:12pm PDT
students are understandably worried about getting a job once they graduate. The
slow economy has made this more difficult and also changed some of the
parameters in terms of approach and timing. For example, many employers are
hesitant to make early commitments, delaying some phases of the job search. In
this blog I outline a strategy for using the academic year to find a job or a
summer internship using the North American academic calendar as a base.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 10:43am PDT
A frequent query I receive from students is whether they should focus on gaining a broad understanding of many aspects of planning and places or if they should focus on one topic in depth. This is an important question.
Friday, July 6, 2012 - 2:34pm PDT