Degrees Offered

BS Community Development

The BS Community Development major 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 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 and 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 Temple Planning program reflects our strengths in sustainability, environmental planning, regional planning, and advanced computer applications. We are specifically building on the late Ian McHarg’s notion of ecologically-based planning, taking advantage of the fact that Dr. Cohen, Professor of Practice, studied with Professor McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania.  The concept of an ecologically-based planning program involves placing a greater emphasis on the physical sciences than is found in most US planning programs.  The program's strengths in sustainability and environmental planning also stem from the department being and outgrowth of the Center for Sustainable Communities.  The Center was established in 2000 and shortly thereafter the department and its academic programs were developed to address a recognized need for planning professionals trained in the practice of sustainability.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in learning more about the MS City and Regional Planning, please join us for an upcoming information session.  For more information on dates and registration, click here.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines: Fall term - March 1 and Spring term - November 1.  Students are  normally admitted for the Fall term.  In the instance when students are admitted in the Spring term, they may have limited course offerings in the first term because course sequencing begins in the Fall. Prospective students must apply by March 1 to be considered for funding.  Late applications may be considered until the program fills. 

For more information on how to apply, click here.

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 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 students are able to complete 12 credits of graduate level coursework while paying undergraduate tuition.

Students apply to the 4+1 program by March 1st in the spring semester of their sophomore year.

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 and 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 City and Regional Planning. This includes completing 9 credits of graduate courses over the summer.  Contact the Planning and Community Development Department Chair 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.

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.

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.

Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

The Planning & Community Development department offers a range of 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.

Minor in Community Development

Students in the Tyler School of Art (except for Community Development majors) as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments 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 stronger credentials to apply for graduate level work in city planning and other related fields. Minor Requirements.

Minor in Community and Regional Planning

Students in the Tyler School of Art as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose to minor in Community and Regional Planning. Through this minor students undertake formal studies about public planning, thereby preparing themselves for contributions as informed citizens, civically engaged professionals, or ultimately as professional planners. The minor provides students with the background and with stronger credentials to apply for graduate level work in city planning. Minor Requirements.

Interdisciplinary Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

Minor in Ecological Planning and Design

Minor in Sustainable Food Systems

Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

Certificate in Sustainability