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Home » Degrees and Programs » Master in Public Administration » Curriculum and Specializations » MPA Community Development Specialization

MPA Community Development Specialization

The Community Development specialization is designed to provide students with theoretical and applied exposure to domestic and international aspects of power, policy, advocacy, and resource allocation to address urban public administration.

Students will gain skills to be a professional administrator and policy expert in the subject of community development by using the community region of Camden, South Jersey, and Philadelphia.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of 42 credits course work
  2. Eighteen (18) credits Core of Common Knowledge courses
  3. Twelve (12) credits of Public Management specialization courses
  4. Three (3) credits of Internship (unless exempted by MPA Director)
  5. Three (3) credits of Final Capstone Research Workshop
  6. Six-Nine (6-9) credits from specialized elective courses (student to choose)

Core of Common Knowledge –Required (18 Credits)
    56:834:501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
    56:834:503 Law and Public Policy    
    56:834:515 Introduction to Public Budgeting and Finance     
    56:834:525 Public and Nonprofit Management       
    56:834:535 Research Methods       
    56:834:536 Public Information Systems

Community Development Specialization – Required (12 Credits)
    56:834:604 Alternative Development Strategies
    56:834:603 Community Development Theory
    56:834:613 Immigrants and Community Development
    56:834:608 Geographic Information Systems (or other pre-approved spatial application courses)

Community Development Internship – Required (3 Credits)
    56:834:541 Internship (Required unless exempted by MPA Director. Visit to learn more.)

Capstone Course  – Required (3 Credits)
    56:834:675 Research Workshop (prereq: 56:834:535 Research Methods)

Community Development Electives – Choose 2-3 courses (6-9 Credits)
    56:834:505 Organizational Behavior 
    56:834:557 Human Resources Management       
    56:834:558 Leadership and Communication   
    56:834:606 Poverty Alleviation Strategies      
    56:834:xxx Any MPA courses           

Total 42 Credits


To download a copy of the Community Development Specialization Worksheet, click here.