I looked at both schools. My impression + what I was told
: Nice tour received. Super cool with a brand new building, downtown, new equipment and everything digital boards, good guest lecturers, etc. Students usually get really good jobs out of here, students spend 70 or so hours a week on projects and tuition for the two years is 48k!!! with what I learned was no room for part time work or scholarships or other tuition assistance. Don't forget living in Chicago is expensive.
For me, I decided not to apply and save myself from going in 40-50k debt. Regardless of whatever paying jobs they get. I figured I can do just as well, elsewhere.
: First off good luck getting around the labrynth they're housed in. Some of the stuff was kind off, not run down, just not really nice. They had a really good sized model lab, decent comps and software, on a nice campus, much cheaper, like maybe 24-30k, but with opportunities to get tuition waived such as TA or other means.
I applied, they said we're not taking anyone this yr to revamp our program. That could be good or could be bad as far as how the program is now.
On being a practicing ID'er. I could be wrong, but I thought I remebered that both programs were FULL-TIME. Can you get your company to help pay for this?
That was my impression three years ago of both. I ended up elsewhere
If you could get a PDMasters that was like an MBA that would be outstanding!