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Program in Community Development and Planning Graduate School Clark University

  • Worcester, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 76%24%
    student ratio
  • 41
    total students
  • $39,200 | $39,200
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 66%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

Program Overview

The Community Development and Planning (CDP) program prepares current and future community development practitioners, activists, and scholars to take on the challenges and struggles facing urban areas in the United States. In the CDP program, students learn alternative ways of thinking and transforming communities to achieve greater equity and social justice. The CDP program integrates theory, practice, and reflection through high-quality internships, studio and practicum courses, and by incorporating the insightful participation of practitioners and community leaders in small seminar style courses.

CDP students receive a strong foundation based on theory, skill development, and practice. Building on that foundation, students can either design their own areas of specialization, or focus their studies on one of the following areas: community planning, enterprise management and economic development, and community-based development and social change.

Courses and Faculty

Some courses available in the CDP include:

- People and Places: Theories of Community Development and Planning

- Community Development Finance

- Negotiations in Community Development

- Grant Writing for Community Developers

- Planning and Zoning for Community Developers

- Strategies for Community Organization

- International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development

- Nonprofit Management Issues

- Social Policy, Immigration and Poverty

- Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects

- Youth and Community Development

- Migration, Globalization and Knowledge-Based Industries

Faculty research areas include urban and regional economic development, labor markets and workforce development, political economy, Latin America, Latinos in the US and immigration, governance, non-profits and institutional development, and research methods, social justice youth development, youth worker professional development and community based participatory research, community economics, citizen participation, non-profit governance, sizing public benefits with governmental subsidies, affordable housing, and linkages between employment and housing.

Specialty Program and Degree Opportunities

As well as the MA in CDP, the CDP offers a dual degree program with Clark's Graduate School of Management. Acquiring the skills for business administration combined with the knowledge and tools of community and social change are necessary for navigating today's changing world. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and grassroots movements look to individuals who possess this combination of skills in order to better position themselves as agents of change and to fulfill their missions with increased efficiency and quality. Those who understand the trends and workings of the private and public sectors will be positioned to lead social change efforts. Graduates of the CDP/MBA dual degree program may pursue careers in nonprofit management and operations, government agencies, consulting, entrepreneurial leadership, education, and others.

Graduate Student Experience

Through the CDP program, students will understand social, economic, and political forces that shape places; view communities in a regional and international context; gain rigorous analytical training to explore and research complex social issues; gain strong writing and public communication skills; develop professional practices that trigger social change to improve quality of life; and be prepared to be leaders in a diverse range of community development and planning arenas. The CDP program integrates theory, practice, and reflection through high-quality internships, studio and practicum courses, and by incorporating the insightful participation of practitioners and community leaders in small seminar style courses.

Clark University is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and its central location in the state makes it an easy base for exploring the nearby cities of Boston and Providence, or for going North and West into other parts of New England. The student community of IDCE and Clark is inclusive and supportive, with many students living very close to campus and creating peer and friend networks that help them thrive in the graduate school environment. Frequent social events, along with excursions to interesting destinations outside of Worcester on weekends, are planned by fellow students. Overall, living expenses tend to be less as compared to places like Boston, and the nature of the IDCE community contributes to Worcester being a great place to live and study.

Tuition/Scholarships/Financial Aid

More than 80% of IDCE students do receive some form of merit based partial financial aid toward tuition. IDCE is able to offer some fellowships to outstanding applicants, ranging from 40% to 100% tuition remission.

- Diversity Fellowship: CDP awards one 100% tuition fellowship to a full-time admitted student from an underrepresented ethnic or racial group in the US.

- Practitioner Fellowship: CDP awards one 100% tuition fellowship to a full-time admitted student who has worked in a nonprofit setting for more than three years.

- Service Fellowship: CDP recognizes the merit of national service by awarding any former AmeriCorps members, Teach for America alumni, or City Year alumni at least 40% tuition remission.


Location & Contact

Program in Community Development and Planning

Graduate School
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

Dr. David Bell

Advisor

Phone: 508-793-8820
Fax: 508-793-8820

Ms. Paula Hall

IDCE Graduate Admissions Office

Phone: 508-793-7201
Fax: 508-793-8820
Email: phall@clarku.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Urban And Regional Planning Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration (MA/MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 13
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

66% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 69
    • Accepted 46
    • Acceptance Rate 66
    • Enrolled 23
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees3 references, resume or curriculum vitae
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 575 paper-based; 90 iBT) or IELTS (minimum score 6.5)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$39,200
    • Out-of-state tuition *$39,200
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableInstitutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students41
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students41
    • Part-time Percentage7%
    • Full-time Percentage93%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino13%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian50%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown21%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchUrban revitalization, youth and gang violence, amenities, systemic education reform, housing for disabled residents, economic development in neighborhood planning
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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