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. Seven Core of Common Knowledge courses (21 credits)
  2. Three Community Development Specialization courses (9 credits)
  3. Internship (3 credits; see below)
  4. Three or four Elective courses, or Elective Policy Focus (9 or 12 credits)

The degree requires 42 credits of course work. 

Core of Common Knowledge (21 credits)

  • 56:834:501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
  • 56:834:503 Administrative Law*
  • 56:834:515 Introduction to Public Budgeting and Finance
  • 56:834:525 Public and Nonprofit Management
  • 56:834:535 Research Methods
  • 56:834:557 Human Resources Management 
  • 56:834:675 Capstone Research Workshop – Prerequisite: all core courses

Community Development Specialization (9 credits)

  • 56:834:603 Theory and History of Community Development
  • 56:834:606 Poverty Alleviation Strategies
  • 56:834:608 Geographic Information Systems 

Community Development Internship (3 credits)

Community Development Electives (9 or 12 credits)

Choose three to four courses from electives or 

Public Policy Focus within specialization:  Students interested in an additional program focus may structure their elective courses in one of two policy areas, Education Policy or International Public Service and Development.


Students admitted prior to Summer 2017 may elect to use the requirements in place at the time of admission.  Download a PDF of the Community Development 2015 Specialization Worksheet.