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

Students will gain skills useful to professional administrators and policy experts in the area of community development through case studies and research focused on the Camden and Greater Philadelphia region.

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 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
  • 56:834:557 Human Resources Management 
  • 56:834:675 Capstone Research Workshop – Prerequisite: all core courses

Community Development Specialization (9 credits)

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

Community Development Internship (3 credits)

  • 56:834:541 Internship (unless waived by MPA Graduate Director; see policy)

Electives (9 or 12 credits)

Choose three to four courses from a list of 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.

Specialization Worksheet

Download a PDF of the current Community Development Specialization Worksheet.

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 Specialization Worksheet.