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.
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.
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.
Many 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.
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.
Unless they are independently wealthy, students thinking about graduate school in planning need to consider the cost. Unfortunately this is not as simple as looking up tuition on a web site. The cost paid by a specific individual can vary greatly from place to place, and even from year to year at the same school, in ways that are hard to predict.
Each year a lot of students ask me "how can I get a degree in urban design?" This is a very big question but in this blog I outline
some key questions that those interested in urban design in planning need to
I’ve had a lot of questions lately from students about how
important transcripts are in the graduate admissions process. Your application
to graduate school is one of the few times anyone will actually read your
undergraduate transcript so it has some importance. However, how much it
matters depends on a variety of factors.
While most of my advice columns are aimed at graduate students (current, prospective, and recently graduated), much of the information is relevant to undergraduates as well. However, there are a few areas where undergraduates face special challenges and one of them is in finding a planning-related program. The following tips may make the search easier.