Planning & Community Development

We are city planning and community development practitioners and scholars engaged in developing designs, programs, policies, and other solutions to the pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges facing by communities in the 21st century. We are educating the next generation of leaders with the essential knowledge, skills, and values to work collaboratively with stakeholders to establish lasting improvements in the quality of life of residents. 

The department offers a BS Community Development and MS City and Regional Planning, which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Both programs integrate theory, methods, practice, and service learning to provide students with in-depth understanding of urban problems, ability to craft solutions, and capacity to act -- to make an impact. 

Located on a vibrant, urban campus in the heart of Philadelphia - a great city to learn and practice community development and city planning.

We offer the following academic programs

  • Bachelors of Science in Community Development
  • Masters of Science in City and Regional Planning
  • Plus +1 Accelerated Masters
  • Minors and Certificates

If you care about the present and future sustainability of neighborhoods, cities, and regions then look no further than Planning & Community Development.

Empowering You & Empowering Communities

Upcoming Events

  • September 23, 2017
  • 9:00am

REGISTRATION is required for this event. Please register here! WHO:  Prospective freshman and transfer students WHERE:  Temple University...

Lecture Series and Seminars


  • 2017 AICP Outstanding Student Award Winner - Randall Rook

    At the Tyler School of Art awards ceremony, Randal Rook, MS City and Regional Planning, was presented with the American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Stu...

  • The Tyler Carnival is Back!

    Free food. Inflatable rides. Temporary tattoos. Cotton Candy Stand. Did I mention free food? If any of those seem appealing to you, you should make your way to Tyler...

  • Lisa Guenst (BSCRP '13) Wins Big at Be Your Own Boss Bowl

    Lisa Guenst (MS CRP '13) won the Upper Track prize yesterday at the Be Your Own Boss Bowl hosted by Temple's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.  Lisa invented ...

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Jason Hachadorian

    Jason Hachadorian

    Jason Hachadorian (MS CRP '15) is heading to Washington to work as a research assistant focusing on Innovation Districts with the Brookings Institution. Like many who land in the nation’s capital, he wants to use his talents to affect positive change, particularly in urban centers. “Cities right now are enjoying a real resurgence. After decades of people leaving urban centers, people are moving back to cities,” said Hachadorian, 26, of Collegeville, who graduated with an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Temple in May. “The focus now needs to be on how to handle this influx of people and apply sound redevelopment strategies to accommodate them. As a planner, you develop on-the-ground knowledge of how cities work in addition to learning how to communicate and mediate between different stakeholders, recognizing changes in demographics and the environmental realities cities face.” More

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