Anonymous User wrote:That's very helpful, thank you for your advice. The $30K does include COL. What kinds of jobs do Maurer/SPEA people go after?
I think that most Maurer/SPEA people are trying to get into government or public service. After all, their MPA program is #2 (and has been consistently in the top 5 over the last 20 years or so) according to U.S. News rankings. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-affairs-rankings
SPEA also has a M.S. Environmental Science and I suspect that those people are trying to get a position either in government or at a boutique somewhere. Also, SPEA is a lot cheaper than the law school or business school ($ 22,000/year out of state), so it is a better way to go from that perspective.
I doubt if SPEA will do anything for getting into firms though. I was simply suggesting that you explore your options (I was the anonymous poster earlier) and see if it would be something you are interested in. There are a lot of other options besides MBA and MPA though, M.S. Accounting, M.S. [Science], M.S. [language], etc. The key to get into firms is to use your extra year to get your grades up. I doubt that firms will remember you they simply have too many applicants. If they do, they might not even care.