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.
- Seven Core of Common Knowledge courses (21 credits)
- Three Community Development Specialization courses (9 credits)
- Internship (3 credits; see below)
- Three or four Elective courses, or Elective Policy Focus (9 or 12 credits)
The degree requires 42 credits of coursework.
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 select 3 courses (9 credits)
- 56:834:603 History and Practice of Community Development (required)
- 56:834:608 Geographic Information Systems (required or substitute 56:834:536 Public Management Information Systems)
Select one from:
- 56:834:606 Poverty Alleviation Strategies
- 56:834:604 Alternative Development Strategies for Distressed Cities
- 56:834:609 Politics of Community Development
- 56:834:613 Immigration and Community Development
Community Development Internship (3 credits)
- 56:834:541 Internship (unless waived by MPA Graduate Director; see policy)
Electives (9 or 12 credits)
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.