Degrees Offered

BS Community Development

The BS in Community Development program prepares students for careers as leaders collaborating with stakeholders and empowering people to revitalize communities. Students will learn to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, historic and cultural dynamics shaping various types of communities. Courses provide important knowledge, values and skills necessary for community development work. Students will learn how to engage stakeholders; assess a community’s assets, needs and opportunities; plan what the community wants to achieve; and develop strategies, programs, and policies to improve housing, local economy, parks, food access and other neighborhood characteristics that impact residents' quality of life. Learning extends beyond the classroom with hands-on experience through service learning, field research, informal gatherings and workshops.

Community Development Workshop 2015

Community development is a field that embraces both citizen activists and professionals in planned efforts to identify, enhance, and create social and physical assets that increase the capacity of residents to improve their quality of life. Graduates of the Community Development program will be prepared to tackle the challenges of the community development worker in the 21st century, specifically how to empower culturally, economically, or geographically disadvantaged communities to address inequalities and improve their long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability. In addition to working directly with community stakeholders, graduates will be prepared to serve as the critical link between communities, local governments, and state and federal programs  in various positions including community organizing, nonprofit organizations, private foundations, community development corporations, community investment specialists within banks.

MS City & Regional Planning

The graduate City & Regional Planning program prepares students to be professional planners with skills and knowledge to address the complex challenge of improving neighborhoods, cities and regions. Students graduate with strengths in sustainability, environmental planning, community engagement and advanced methods as well as a broad-based understanding and awareness of the physical and economic aspects of planning, sensitivity to the social and environmental impact of planning decisions, and a knowledge of governmental structures as they apply to planning. Students graduating from accredited planning programs are eligible for status as an AICP Canditate, pre-certified planner, from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board since 2012.

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture's City & Regional Planning program reflects our strengths in sustainability, environmental planning, regional planning and advanced computer applications. Unlike most planning programs in the United States, Tyler's places a strong emphasis on the physical sciences. Its ecologically-based curriculum was developed to address a universally recognized need for planning professionals trained in the practice of sustainability.

About the Curriculum

The 45 credit curriculum offers 18 credits of electives. Students have the option of pursuing two transcripted concentrations in Transportation Planning or Sustainable Community Planning.  The program also requires 180 hours of work experience/internship prior to graduation.  Day and evening courses are available.

Full-time/Part-time Study.  The program is designed for full-time study, with students taking 12 credits per semester.  However, students are able to complete the program through part-time study. 

Public Information and Performance Outcomes

The Planning Accreditation Board requires all accredited programs to post information on student achievements, tuition, student retention and graduation rates, AICP exam pass rates, and employment.  This information is available here.

Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree

The  4+1 Accelerated BA/BS + MS City & Regional Planning program enables students to graduate with a BA or BS from any major at Temple University and an MS in City & Regional Planning degree in five years rather than the typical six years. 4+1 students are able to complete 12 credits of graduate level coursework while paying undergraduate tuition.

Students apply to the 4+1 program by March 1 in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Deadline extended to March 15, 2018.

Eligible students must have a 3.25 grade point average or above and must be able to complete their undergraduate major in May of their senior year. Once accepted into the program, 4+1 students take one pre-approved 5000-level City & Regional Planning course in each of their junior and senior semesters. The recommended course sequence is noted below. Students will take no more than three credits of graduate courses in any one undergraduate semester. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and earn at least a B in the graduate courses.

Junior Year – Fall Semester: CTRP 5513 Planning Analysis

Junior Year – Spring Semester: CTRP 5413 Planning Communications

Senior Year – Fall Semester: CTRP 5014 Planning Politics and Administration

Senior Year – Spring Semester: CTRP 5013 Planning History and Theory

After graduating with a BA/BS in May, students continue taking courses over the next 15–18 months to receive the MS in City and Regional Planning. This includes completing nine credits of graduate courses over the summer. Contact Tyler's City & Regional Planning program for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Planning

The core courses for the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning introduce students to the broad range of issues and topics relevant to planning for sustainable development of our cities and regions. Elective courses provide the opportunity to deepen knowledge and training in specific areas of sustainability and environmental planning.

Students in the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning will: 1) gain knowledge of the historical evolution of the concept of sustainable development and its multiple definitions; 2) understand the discourse of theory and practice of sustainable development at the local, regional and global level; 3) be able to develop indicators to monitor and evaluate the sustainability of site, community and regional actions, plans and designs; 4) recognize models of sustainability and know how to use such models to inform their professional practice; 5) understand how to incorporate sustainability principles into planning practice to address the interrelationships between social, economic and environmental factors; and 6) have improved research, writing, and communication skills.

This certificate meets the needs of individuals working in planning and related fields without academic degrees in planning as well as current graduate students at Temple University looking to obtain this professional credential.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree.

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Interested students must sumbit the non-matriculated student stastical information form and a transcript to the attention of Graduate Admissions at tylerart.temple.edu Here's the link to the form: http://www.temple.edu/vpus/arc/documents/statsheet.pdf  An advisor will assist you with registering for courses.

Graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning

The graduate certificate in Transportation Planning introduces the broad range of issues and topics relevant to transportation planning and the specific relationships between transportation planning and land use planning. Through elective courses, the certificate also provides the opportunity for students to deepen knowledge and training in specific areas of transportation planning.   Undertaking the graduate certificate in Transportation Planning allows students to develop: knowledge of the key contemporary transportation and travel behavior challenges facing transportation planners and engineers; critical thinking skills to address these challenges and analyze important debates in the field; and familiarity with and basic competence in transportation planning methodologies.

This certificate meets the needs of public and private agency employees who work in the field of transportation planning without academic degrees in transportation planning or transportation engineering as well as current graduate students at Temple University looking to add this professional credential.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree.

Enroll Now

Interested students must sumbit the non-matriculated student stastical information form and a transcript to the attention of Graduate Admissions at tylerart.temple.edu Here's the link to the form: http://www.temple.edu/vpus/arc/documents/statsheet.pdf  An advisor will assist you with registering for courses.

Interdisciplinary Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

The The Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Department of Architecture & Environmental Design offers a range of interdisciplinary minors and undergraduate certificates providing training in sustainable development principles and practices that are relevant to and open to all students at Temple University. Certificates also are open to the general public.

Interdisciplinary minors and undergraduate certificates include

Minor in Ecological Planning and Design

Minor in Sustainable Food Systems

Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

Certificate in Sustainability

 

Minor in City & Regional Planning

Students in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture as well as students in other colleges and schools at Temple may choose to minor in City & Regional Planning. Through this minor, students undertake formal studies about urban planning, thereby preparing themselves for contributions as development professionals, citizen planners or civically engaged professionals with an understanding of the principles of urban planning, environmental planning, land use and sustainability. The minor provides students with a background to apply for graduate level work in city planning, which is the recognized credential to become a professional planner. Minor Requirements.

 

Minor in Community Development

Students in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture (except for Community Development majors) as well as students in other colleges and schools at Temple University may choose to minor in Community Development. Through this minor students undertake formal studies about community development, thereby preparing themselves for contributions as informed citizens and civically engaged professionals. The minor provides students with an understanding of the factors that influence the quality of life in communities, such as affordable housing, economic development, community engagement, redevelopment of vacant land and buildings, non-profit management and other areas.  The minor prepares students with stronger credentials to work in the community development or related fields and to apply for graduate level work in city planning. Minor Requirements.