Degree Programs

Master of Science in
Community and Regional Planning


Lynn A. Mandarano, PE, PhD

Department Chair

(267) 468-8300


For advising and curricular information:
(215) 204.4358


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 Application fee waived for

first-time applicants who apply

at the February 4th Center City

campus event.




The MS in Community and Regional Planning prepares students for a career as a professional planner with the capacity to work on behalf of the public interest with the goal of facilitating healthy communities that support a high quality of life for all. We have an explicit focus on sustainability, environmental planning, regional planning and advanced computer applications.


We embrace the late Ian McHarg’s notion of ecologically-based planning. Our program has a close relationship with the Center for Sustainable Communities which provides students with opportunities to 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.


Our students develop skills in:


Critical analysis and problem-solving


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Planning and zoning law


Research and design


Writing and interpersonal communication


Graduates of this program have gone on to careers in local and state government, urban planning, non-profit management, and community development. Several recent graduates have also been selected as finalists in the Presidential Management Fellows program.


Community and Regional Planning courses are available at the Center City, Ambler and Harrisburg campuses.Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin for detailed program requirements. Find out more about the Department of Community and Regional Planning.


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