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.”

Why a Master’s in Community Development and Planning at Clark University

  • Accelerated degree options – earn a master’s degree in 12 to 15 months. Two other degree tracks are available to earn your degree in 12 to 24 months.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with world-class faculty, researchers, and community partners on problems affecting diverse urban populations.
  • Build multifaceted knowledge and multilingual skills from our signature transdisciplinary curriculum integrating the expertise of a wide range of experts.
  • Draw from 10 areas of concentration to tackle projects that cross geographic and cultural boundaries.
  • Put your classroom knowledge to work in real-world situations during field-based projects.
  • Gain a competitive professional edge in a department that has been ranked #15 in the world for development studies (based on academic reputation) by QS World University Rankings.

Applications are now reviewed on a rolling basis, and admission requirements have been adjusted.

Clark offers generous scholarships of up to 50% - contact us for details.

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