CITY & REGIONAL PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MFA

General

Program Description

The City & Regional Planning and Community Development programs at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University educate students to become leaders who collaborate with diverse communities to establish lasting improvements for residents.

Students both engage the challenges and leverage the opportunities of cities in their coursework, taking advantage of the deep resources of Temple—a leading public research university—to perform their own hands-on research and service learning across Philadelphia. Tyler’s faculty of forward-thinking practitioners are dedicated to personal mentorship that includes access to their networks of professionals, organizations and agencies.

By integrating theory, interdisciplinary practice and experiential learning, Tyler’s City & Regional Planning and Community Development programs prepare students for a range of careers in government, nonprofits and the private sector. 

Resources

Philadelphia and its surrounding neighborhoods serve as a living lab for coursework as well as hands-on learning and service.

More than 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art thinker and maker spaces in Tyler’s joint Architecture and Art buildings, ripe for interdisciplinary collaboration, experimentation, innovation and exchanges of ideas.

Community events and partnerships

Connections with the American Planning Association as well as government, non-profit and community organizations offer students opportunities for engagement that align with Tyler’s curriculum. The region’s robust alumni network also provides access to a range of internships.

Student communities

The Temple Student Planning Organization, Temple Community Development Club and other related student organizations engage in professionally-focused extracurricular and service activities.

Last updated Oct 2020

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About the School

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture is a community of bold thinkers and makers based at one of the nation’s leading schools for the study of art, design and the built environment. We come from ma ... Read More

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture is a community of bold thinkers and makers based at one of the nation’s leading schools for the study of art, design and the built environment. We come from many practices, cultures and backgrounds, and we’re inspired and connected by the shared experience of being transformed by learning. Our home is Temple University, a large, public research university in Philadelphia, a culturally vibrant city and urban laboratory for engaging some of society’s most pressing challenges, and an ideal place for building careers as artists, designers, architects, educators, researchers and planners. For more than 80 years, Tyler has been producing graduates whose originality, tenacity and commitment to social change have left their mark on a world that’s hungry for visionary thinkers who are skilled practitioners. Read less