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¿Qué aprenderé?

The Master of Arts in Community Planning degree is designed to develop civic leaders who are equipped to make change in networks of public and private actors, helping to create more just, sustainable, and livable urban futures. This degree is premised on the following ideas:

“Community” is not a singular concept; moreover, less visible and under-resourced urban publics are often in need of specific forms of investment and support in order to engage the political process;
"Planning” is about enacting urban socio-spatial futures, through a variety of different professional roles; as such it happens in a number of different organizational settings and job titles;
The ways that people act and the social structures within which they are able to act are co-constituted; one creates and re-creates the other, and effective change agents use existing structures to generate new forms of action, and/or take singular, strategic actions to enable, demand, or elicit structural change.

Graduates will be prepared to be competent collaborative professionals who work with and empower community constituents, influencing processes of policy formation, resource generation, community change, and urban development. The program's emphasis on urban social issues, community development, and urban problem solving, and its commitment to training students to think critically and creatively, to work collaboratively in the interest of creating sustainable communities and to effectively communicate knowledge in a variety of ways is a direct expression of the UW Tacoma mission as an higher education institution.

Skills Developed

  • Qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
  • Asset mapping
  • Persuasive argument and critique
  • Development finance and budgeting
  • Collaboration with NGOs
  • Communications planning and design
  • Conflict management
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Design and facilitation of public meetings
  • Graphic communication
  • Project management
  • Professional writing skills
  • Strategic planning and prioritization
  • Succinct and effective public messaging

Learning Outcomes

  • Construct, articulate, and defend a community-based process of advocacy and change to achieve a more just, equitable, and sustainable community
  • Describe and critically analyze current conditions in the dynamic structure of regions and urban communities
  • Define and recognize forms of individual and collective action and their role in reproducing current community conditions
  • Describe, analyze, and evaluate pathways to change in current conditions
  • Develop and refine individual and professional practices that support a lifelong career in planning and advocacy

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

School of Urban Studies

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (2 )

Costos de estudio
USD $10,115 (7 - 18 credits)
Fecha de inicio

Esperado Septiembre 2022


University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street,



98402, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

Para estudiantes internacionales

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution
An overall grade-point average of 3.0 calculated from the applicant’s final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.

International baccalaureate degree (or higher) must submit scores for the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores are 580 (paper-based), 237 (computerized TOEFL C), 92 (Internet-based TOEFL IBT).

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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