Department of Community & Regional Planning, MS

Admissions and General Information

Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP Department Chair West Hall 210 dhowe@temple.edu 267-468-8300

The School of Environmental Design in the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce that Temple’s MS in Community and Regional Planning offered at both the Ambler and Harrisburg Campuses is now accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

The CRP graduate program reflects our strengths in sustainability, environmental planning, regional planning, and advanced computer applications. We are specifically building on the late Ian McHarg’s notion of ecologically-based planning, taking advantage of the fact that one of our CRP faculty members studied with Professor McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania.

The concept of an ecologically-based planning program involves placing a greater emphasis on the physical sciences than is found in most US planning programs. Our program is in a unique position to pursue this approach given our close relationship with the Center for Sustainable Communities which provides students opportunities to financially support their studies and gain valuable experience by working on ecologically-based research and service projects. Faculty involvement in the Center’s research also yields rich case studies for classroom and studio projects.

The curriculum offers 18 credits of electives. Students have the option of pursuing two transcripted concentrations in Transportation Planning or Sustainable Community Planning; additional concentrations will be added over time.

The MS in Community and Regional Planning is available at both the Ambler and Harrisburg campuses of Temple University.