Become an urban problem-solver. Tackle social injustice, economic development challenges, and other crucial inner-city issues.
Driving social, political, and economic change requires a broad range of critical and analytical skills and a keen understanding of the diverse perspectives that shape our world. We developed the M.A. in Community Development and Planning to equip you for those challenges. In this landmark community development graduate program, you will learn to identify, analyze, and tackle major issues facing local and global urban areas, including social justice, economic development, urban planning and zoning, and environmental sustainability.
Through a core curriculum taught by noted scholars and practitioners, experiential opportunities such as internships, studio, and practicum courses, and a final Capstone project, you will emerge prepared to be an effective agent of change. Courses cover such critical topics as community development and planning theory, planning techniques, community development finance, land use, decision-making and negotiation, nonprofit management, youth and community development, geographic information systems, and research and project evaluation methods.
One of the select degrees offered by Clark University’s renowned International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) Department, this highly regarded program was ranked 14th in the nation by Planetizen in the category of “urban planning programs without a doctoral option.”