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 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

  • Bachelor of Science in Community Development
  • Master 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

  • May 09, 2019
  • 9:30am

The Temple University Commencement Ceremony takes place at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St, Philadelphia. This is a University-wide...

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • October 31, 2018
  • 12:30pm

Francesco Cerrai holds the position of Project Director for the Capital Projects for the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department. ...

News

  • Tyler Carnival Succeeds Yet Again

    With the school year coming to an end, students have been looking for ways to unwind and celebrate completed projects, finished finals and for some, graduation. The Ty...

  • Placemaking class facilitates community design workshop

    Students in the Placemaking course engaged in a service-learning opportunity this semester.  They obtained hands-on community engagement placemaking experience by faci...

  • Clay Lloyd (BS CRP '13) Hired by Temple Office of Emergency Management

    Clay Lloyd is back at Temple, but this time, it’s for good. Before coming to Temple to earn a BS in Commuity and Regional Planning, he had worked doing outreach and ed...

  • Undergraduate
  • Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree

    The  4+1 Accelerated BA/BS + MS City and Regional Planning Program enables students to graduate with a BA or BS from any major at Temple University and an MS City and Regional Planning degree in 5 years rather than the typical 6 years. 4+1 st... More More about Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree

  • Minor in Community Development

    Students in the Tyler School of Art (except for Community Development majors) as well as students in other colleges and schools may choose to minor in Community Development. Through this minor students undertake formal studies about community... More More about Minor in Community Development

  • _Minor in City and Regional Planning

    Students in the Tyler School of Art as well as students in other colleges and schoolsmay choose to minor in City and Regional Planning. Through this minor students undertake formal studies about urban planning, thereby preparing themselves fo... More More about _Minor in City and Regional Planning

  • Graduate
    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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    February 20, 2018

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