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Community Development and Planning

Clark University

12 months
60350 USD/year
60350 USD/year
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In this Community Development and Planning program offered by the Clark University students learn about the relations between power and capital that produce inequity, and how to use this knowledge to build partnerships and capacity in people, places, organizations, and institutions in order to promote structural change. 


Poverty and structural racism undermine the quality of life in urban areas in the United States, and the societal costs can last for generations. 

The complexity of these problems demands an approach that goes beyond social work or urban planning or design. Clark University developed the M.A. in Community Development and Planning because we believe social and economic justice are possible through the practice of engaged and future focused community development.

The curriculum has depth in areas such as youth justice, economic development, food security, and managing neighborhood transformation through community engagement, planning, and non-profit leadership.

The faculty are engaged scholars and practitioners who work with, and for, state and city governments as well as community development corporations and other non-profits on a range of initiatives aimed at addressing urban challenges. They bring their skills and experience into the classroom, working closely with students to chart career paths. As mentors, the faculty introduce students to internships and a broad professional network.

Why a Master’s in Community Development and Planning at Clark University

  • Gain a versatile tool kit that immediately augments your professional contributions, complemented by knowledge that will last throughout your career.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with world-class faculty, researchers, and community partners on problems affecting diverse urban populations, with a shared commitment to equitable solutions.
  • Put your classroom knowledge to work in real-world situations during field-based projects and courses.
  • Draw from 10 areas of concentration to tackle projects that cross geographic and cultural boundaries, working with planners, and community developers, as well as anthropologists, geographers, environmental scientists, and geo-scientists.
  • Gain a competitive professional edge in a department that has been ranked #15 in the world for development studies (based on academic reputation) by QS World University Rankings.


Our alumni work locally and globally, in cities such as Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, as well as small towns in New England and across the country.  Internationally, our graduates are in South America, the Mideast, Africa, and Europe.  

They are making a difference in the fields of youth and education, urban planning, housing and community development, economic development and workforce, public health, and the environment, bringing a focus on equity and social justice in their many and varied roles.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Community Needs and Resources Analysis
  • Planning and Zoning for Community Developers
  • Strategies for Community Organizing
  • Nonprofit Negotiation
  • Housing Policy and Practice
  • Youth Work: Everyday Practice and Social Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Admission is now on a rolling basis, and application requirements have been adjusted.


10 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement (refer to additional information below for further details)
  • Letters of recommendation (refer to additional information below for further details)
  • Résumé
  • All academic transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 60350 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    60350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 60350 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Worcester

1100 - 1620 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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